We were able to design and construct two streetscape rain gardens for a very limited Council budget. The rain gardens are in a busy street off a major road and near a highly used strip shopping precinct.
The client was renovating and extending their house in an inner city suburb. They wished to do the right thing by the environment and engaged Rain Gardens Australia to design and construct a rain garden. This was a challenge given the very tight constraints in available space.
This project was part of a suite of projects to improve water quality in the Little Stringybark Creek which flows into the Yarra River.
The project comprised:
- Harvesting stormwater from 2 existing run-off channels
- Diverting the water into storage tanks (700kl)
- Filtration and ultraviolet (UV) treatment of water for irrigation
- Infiltration swales
- Low flow bypasses
This was an exciting project as it was the first time that Frankston Council had seen the use of rain gardens as part of a residential drainage system. Our Client wanted a simple, low cost, low maintenance system that met WSUD requirements stipulated on the planning permit. Our integrative design met a number of the planning requirements for drainage, WSUD and landscaping.
Our client wanted a cost effective environmental solution to drainage from an existing commercial site that was to be further developed. We designed a number of cascading rain gardens that were to discharge into a grassed channel. Council was keen to have WSUD included in the site development.
The property involved was a residential development in the suburb of Prahran in Melbourne. Significant damage to a number of luxury cars had occurred in the basement car park during a large storm event and the client wanted to understand their future options for ‘flood proofing’ the basement car park. We undertook a thorough investigation and prepared a report with recommendations for the client.
We were able to meet on site and discuss construction techniques. We also provided hands on support for construction activities.