Riverhills Estate, Wollert
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Spiire was engaged by Dahua Group to provide civil engineering, water engineering, landscape architecture, surveying and visual media services for this significant residential estate set directly adjacent to Darebin Creek, one of the most significant waterways in the Port Phillip catchment. The site, which has been used as a quarry in recent years, is bounded by the future E6 freeway, green wedge land and the 220 hectare Quarry Hills Bushland Park. A planning permit was issued in December 2019 and stage construction, in collaboration with APD and Winslow Constructions, commenced in September 2020.

Spiire’s integrated team are delivering the design and construction management services for all civil and water infrastructure to deliver the project including kilometres of 375mm potable and recycled watermains, outfall sewers, sediment basins, wetland and subdivisional works.  Our Surveying team are providing all cadastral, engineering and construction surveying requirements as well as drone/UAV data capture services and aerial mapping.

Our Landscape Architecture team provided design and construction administration services for the Estate’s parklands and worked alongside our Water Engineering team in the design and construction administration of the stunning wetlands depicted by our Visual Media team in a series of 3D renders for the estate’s sales office. Our Visual Media team have also utilised point cloud data gathered by our surveyors to develop a virtual reality 360 experience through VR headsets

The team have encountered several challenges throughout project delivery including the conservation overlay that covers Darebin Creek which dissects the Riverhills Estate. The site has numerous dry stone walls, River Red Gums, Aboriginal and European cultural heritage which were required to be maintained whilst delivering a high quality development meeting current standards. The topography is also quite variable with the land west of Darebin Creek relatively flat and the eastern side is extremely steep, providing a challenging set of conditions for our engineers.

The initial civil works included upgrading Lehmanns and Bindts Roads from rural roads to an urban standard. Council required as many River Red Gums within Lehmanns Road to be protected through the design approval. Our team managed to retain 28 trees in conjunction with work from the project arborist and Council. Sufficient space was also made available for Yarra Valley Water to be able to deliver critical water infrastructure within the available space available.

Construction of the first 3 stages are well underway, and with titles selling fast, we look forward to seeing the residents of this stunning community move in over the coming few years.

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