17 May 2017
Last month marked a monumental day along the historic Main
Outfall Sewer (MOS) in Williams Landing, Melbourne, with a 100 m
section opening as parkland after undergoing radical transformation
thanks to the collaborative work of GHDWoodhead and GHD.
Dean McIntyre, Manager Victoria Operations, says, “This parkland
project has been a great collaboration between GHDWoodhead, GHD’s
Water and Structural groups, the community, and the client
comprised of Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, City West Water
and VicRoads. It showcases our extensive range of services, and the
value of the integrated Architecture and Engineering (A+E) offering
we can provide to our clients.”
The MOS was constructed in the 1890s and was the largest civil
engineering project ever undertaken in Victoria at the time,
providing a vital link in the sewerage system of Melbourne.
However, the open channel now divides many communities.
With a vision to transform 27 km of the heritage-listed channel
into a parkland, and create a vibrant space that will connect
communities and provide a unique area to meet, play and relax, the
Pipeline project was launched in 2013. Initial funding was
provided to Melbourne Water from the Victorian State Government to
create a parkland in Williams Landing along a 100 m section with an
Integrated Water Management element, next to the Federation Bicycle
GHD was engaged for the A+E design for the parkland project
which opened to great community fanfare.
The concept design for the Williams Landing parkland was
initially developed following stakeholder and community group
consultation in 2013. This progressed to detailed landscape design
by GHDWoodhead. The GHD Structural group carried out the structural
engineering design for the parkland garden structures such as the
timber cantilevered pergolas, corten steel balustrade and the new
rock clad structural retaining walls. Smart water engineering
elements by the GHD Water group include a storage tank under the
park to be utilised for watering the landscape, and a raingarden in
the middle of the park to filter out pollutants from the stormwater
prior to storage.
David Howard, GHD project manager, says, “This parkland has been
a fantastic first, exemplar project for Greening the Pipeline to
work on, and I look forward to hearing the stories about the
connection and improvement the project brings to the previously
divided communities. On the opening day, we could already see the
community coming together in play.”
Now the Williams Landing pilot is complete, project partners
will look to source continued funding for the next stage, which
will see master planning of 5 km of the pipeline reserve in
Wyndham, between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek.
For more information on this project, contact David Howard. For more
information on specific disciplines, contact Ralph Nowoisky
(landscape architecture and urban design); David Howard (integrated water
management); and Tina
For more information on Greening the Pipeline and to see drone
footage of the park, click here.
(Above) Open channel before the park.
(Below) The park during the opening event last month.