Spiire’s Civil Engineering team are currently engaged by Morris Property Group (MPG) to provide both detailed design and construction consultancy services for the Edinburgh Avenue project. The project involves the extension of Edinburgh Avenue from London Circuit to Vernon Circle and will allow public access to a four stage mixed-use development including commercial, retail and residential dwellings. Our Landscape Architecture team have also been engaged to provide detailed design services for the project.
The project site is located in the very centre of Canberra Civic within a highly visible, developed and densely populated area. This has presented some unique challenges to the design team. A large number of services exist in the old inner city centre, and as such, detailed design incorporates relocations, new connections and provisions for further developments adjacent to the site. Early planning and survey of these existing services was critical to ensure the design of new services would avoid relocations of existing services.
The future stage of Light Rail, which is a major project in Canberra, is located within the limits of the site. This has meant the design had to accommodate, and make future provisions for, the future project to avoid costly abortive works when it starts construction in 2021.
Edinburgh Avenue is on a steep incline which connects both London Circuit to Vernon Circuit. The design was carefully considered to still be compliant with both pedestrian access and a bus route. Verge paving and garden beds allow high quality landscape design, creating great amenity to the precinct and allowing for safe travel for pedestrians and cyclists.
Spiire is also undertaking the role of superintendent for the construction of the project. Our team certifies the standard of construction on behalf of MPG and the ACT Government. The construction period is 26 weeks and is due for completion in September 2020.
Throughout the construction there have been multiple challenges such as procurement delays, wet weather, high vehicle and pedestrian volumes. One of the daily challenges is managing traffic and pedestrians around the busy inner urban site safely. This included complete road closures of London Circuit to allow new underground services to be constructed during a busy Easter weekend.
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