North Coombs and North Wright


  • Landscape Architecture, Playground design, Active recreation pathways network
  • Client: Cardno Consulting, Suburban Land Agency
  • Total Project Value: $19 million
  • Project Timeline: 2016-2017
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SPACELAB, working under Cardno Consulting (Civil Engineers) were the lead Urban Designers and Landscape Architects for the new residential estates of North Coombs and North Wright in the Molonglo Valley (ACT). The project consisted of two separate development areas on each side of John Gorton Drive, each required separate but concurrent design and documentation.

The landscape design for both sites includes street and open space tree planting, verge and open space grassing, open space shrub beds, custom playgrounds, recreational nodes, seating nodes and an entry sign/features.

Key considerations in the landscape design included special treatment to a bulk water main easement creating an activated linear park and sensitive incorporation of paths and seating to an area of protected Red/Yellow Box gum Woodland.

Both sites include playgrounds with innovative site-specific designs to create a point of difference between adjacent estates. Active recreation features including a cricket net, rebound wall, Bocce court, outdoor table tennis and basketball court were important inclusions in the designs.