Kensington Gardens Reserve Upgrade

Southfront is delivering the Kensington Gardens Reserve Master Plan Detailed Design in partnership with Aspect Studios. It's the largest recreational area in the City of Burnside. The upgrades will address long standing issues with Beckes Lake, deliver environmental benefits (improved water quality, enhanced Biodiversity), and create new paths and improvements to tennis courts and playspaces. Watch this space!  

Mitcham Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a strategy used increasingly by Councils to manage the stormwater run off from urban streets and buildings that enter Adelaide’s waterways and ends up in the ocean. Through clever design and vegetation, rain gardens capture the stormwater, trapping any pollutants on the surface, and filtering the water through the soil and plant roots. This improves the quality of the water, reduces the amount of water entering our waterways, provides greener gardens and open spaces for communities, and can help resolve flooding issues.

The EPA’s Rain Garden 500 Program provides local councils and others opportunity to apply to receive a grant to build rain gardens within their communities. The City of Mitcham was successful in its bid and has subsequently built rain gardens at seven prominent sites throughout the Council area.

Southfront designed Mitcham’s rain gardens with the aim of maintaining healthy trees, reducing downstream pollution and resolving flooding concerns.

To date, City of Mitcham has built rain gardens across Clapham, Torrens Park, Clarence Gardens and Springfield. The pictured rain garden, outside the Clapham Primary School, includes two cells, separated by internal rock weirs, which are stepped due to the steepness of the site and to reduce the risk of scour by high velocity runoff through the rain garden.

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Pelzer Park/Pityarilla Activity Hub/Marshmallow Playspace

Southfront is proud to have been a part of the design team behind the recently opened park upgrade in the South Parklands on Glen Osmond Road. Southfront provided civil and WSUD design services, which included a network of pathways, a basketball half court, bulk earthworks, raingardens that will receive runoff from impervious surfaces, and the distinctive plaza located at the entry into the precinct. Other elements of the project, including the introduction of innovative natureplay and waterplay elements, were given a solid hitout by hundreds of kids at the official opening of the park on April 29. The project was delivered by Adelaide City Council with $5Million in funding from the State Government.

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Anyone for Polo?

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We accepted the challenge to learn a new sport (well, new to us) and collaborate with the Adelaide Polo Club in developing their new playing fields. The development of a new site was required following the disposal of their former site at Mount Barker that has been absorbed by the ongoing urban expansion of that area.

The playing fields for the sport of polo are very large—in excess of 300m long and almost 200m wide—and so achieving relatively flat playing fields on an undulating site in the Adelaide Hills required a great deal of consideration with respect to field orientation and cross fall design approach. The sport of polo requires minimal fall so as to not unduly influence play, and provision of safety zones beyond the boarded field boundaries for players to pull up safely.

The earthworks design was optimised to achieve a balance of cut and fill, which ultimately totalled in excess of 50,000 cubic metres. Strict requirements were applied to the management of stormwater runoff, particularly during the construction phase, due to the site being within Adelaide’s mains water catchment.

The site of the new venue is picturesque. Its stunning backdrop encompasses large stands of native and planted trees, Inverbrackie Creek, which bisects the two fields, and the neighbouring Bird in Hand winery.

We are thrilled to have assisted the Adelaide Polo Club deliver this wonderful new facility and encourage readers to view the site—with the adjoining cellar door an outstanding vantage point!

Bruce Henderson Joins the Southfront Team

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Southfront is very pleased to welcome Principal Civil Engineer Bruce Henderson. Bruce’s recent and extensive experience as the Infrastructure Manager for the City of Victor Harbor, and previous experience in consulting, brings a unique client perspective with an ability to deliver collaborative and practical project outcomes. He has significant expertise in project delivery and civil design from negotiation through to construction and final completion. Bruce led the delivery of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Upgrade, the Victor Harbor Coastal Management Strategy, the Bluff Boat Ramp Upgrade and retaining wall levee on Hindmarsh River, along with the annual programs for road resealing, kerbs and channels, footpaths, stormwater and bridges. Bruce’s extensive civil engineering skillset, strategic thinking and ability to connect with individuals and various stakeholders are an asset to the Southfront team.

Award Winning Designs

The City of Unley’s Randolph Avenue Streetscape Upgrade that was designed by Southfront and Aspect Studios was the Winner of the 2016 IPWEA SA Excellence in Design and/or Construction of a Public Works Project. It also received a Commendation for the 2016 Stormwater SA Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design Award. The award winning design included a series of bioretention raingardens, treating a local adjoining catchment area of 6 hectares.

The 2016 Stormwater SA Excellence Awards also saw the Rural City of Murray Bridge with Southfront and Leed Engineering & Construction win the Excellence in Infrastructure Award for the Murray Bridge Stormwater Management and Reuse Scheme. Southfront was Project Manager of the $14.23M Scheme on behalf of Council.  

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Kangaroo Island Flood Mitigation Options Study

Kangaroo Island Flood Mitigation Options Study

The Kangaroo Island Flood Recovery Committee engaged Southfront to develop a Flood Mitigation Options Study to assess whether there were any practical options to lessen the effects of flood events following a significant rainfall event in 2013. This event elevated water levels in numerous lagoons inundating public roads and agricultural land, preventing access into properties and some tourist destinations. The damage was estimated to total $10 million.