In 2012, Spiire was asked to create designs to show how Johnstone Park could be revitalised, as part of the Central Geelong Action Plan.
As a key public park, with significant heritage attributes, the project needed to create liveable and accessible infrastructure that would support and engage the current users of the space as well as attracting new people.
The key objective of the project was to demonstrate the capacity to treat, harvest and reuse water within Johnstone Park, which has a long-standing association with water.
We were asked to project manage the project for a six month period.
The role required a significant amount of stakeholder engagement. We worked through a series of complex site issues: contamination, heritage considerations and conflicting objectives from the different park users.
We delivered an integrated landscape-driven design, underpinned by stormwater management that used water to activate the area. The journey of water became a key public focus within the park, channelling new energy into this underutilised space.
The final design has been judged a success, which will help to generate future funding, at both local and state levels, to realise the rest of the Central Geelong Action Plan.