Created from cleared agricultural land, Harvest Rise is a residential estate of 650 allotments located on the southern outskirts of Brisbane in the City of Logan.
Landsite's work included undertaking the landscape master planning, detailed design and documentation of the residential housing allotments. There were over 12 stages for the life of the project.
For the Master Planning stage of this project, the local structure plan for Park Ridge identified that there was no need for open space to be included in the Harvest Rise development as at that time, the adjacent council owned bushland (aprox 60-70 hectares) was earmarked to be used as a public parkland area.
Part of the requirements by council for this estate included a wildlife and ecological corridor that transected the middle of the site from north to south. This high level planning requirement provided a real challenge to actually implement as existing vegetation and wildlife corridors were already transected by major roads and other building developments.
Landsite's concept design not only allowed for wildlife movement, and conservation and rehabilitation of an environmental corridor, but also provide opportunity for open space and recreation. The result is a wildlife corridor that meanders through the overall space with areas of lawn, tree planting, playground and picnic facilities and walking trails, with an overall improved visual amenity for housing that faces the corridor.
Landsite was also involved with the urban design character of this estate, creating an entrance strategy and an urban strategy to give the estate a unique character. This included a dual carriageway central spine road, allowing for central island planting, designed a fencing system that provided a sense of enclosure and experience. We also challenged the convention of having open space and roads so that we have a large extended road area in the second half of the project that has been created to improve public amenity as well.
The project was included in the 2019 UDIA Conference site tour and received high praise.