Commercial Landscaping on an unprecedented scale
Eastlink is a 39 kilometre, fully electronic tollway that forms a part of Melbourne’s emerging ring road system, connecting the Eastern Freeway in Mitcham with the Frankston Freeway and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Melbourne’s South-East. Delivered by Thiess John Holland at a cost of $2.5B, Eastlink is the largest urban road project ever constructed in Victoria (DTF, 2018), and was recognised as one of the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture during 2001–2017 by Landscape Australia (Hawken, 2017).
The EastLink alignment passes through 5 local government areas, 11 major environmental vegetation communities, and 15 landscape character types (Tract, 2008). Ecodynamics were contracted to construct 480 hectares of landscaping, the planting of over 4 million native trees, shrubs and plants, as well the construction of 70 wetlands that treat rainwater running off the road surface.
The practicality of delivering a project on such an enormous scale meant that there were serious risks to achieving Practical Completion on time. To mitigate this risk, Thiess John Holland approached Ecodynamics with a view to entering into an alliance contract to deliver the project. Ecodynamics were able to offer Thiess John Holland specialised construction knowledge in the delivery of large scale landscapes, and so an alliance was formed.
An integrated project team was established, with members of the construction and landscaping teams brought together to deliver the project. The landscaping requirements Eastlink were unprecedented in scale, with the scope detailing 4.7 million plants to be installed in garden beds, 200 hectares of grassing, and the construction of 70 wetlands. A project of this magnitude required all the resources of the Ecodynamics Group, precipitating significant growth in the business. Nursery capacity was more than doubled, and timber processing capacity at Mossrock was significantly increased to meet the needs of the project.