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Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

By E2Designlab

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

  • Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation Design

    Gladstone East Shores Parklands Sustainable Irrigation ...

About the project

This project delivers sustainable irrigation of green open spaces within the new Gladstone East Shores Parkland using harvested stormwater and wicking bed technology.

Gladstone East Shores Parkland is a major new civic parkland for the City of Gladstone located on the foreshore of Auckland Inlet. The Gladstone Ports Corporation vision for the parkland was to provide ‘a world-class waterfront urban parkland that is accessible for all residents, visitors and workers within Gladstone’. Delivering on this vision required sustainable water management to help secure water supplies and provide for high amenity green landscapes despite the challenging climatic conditions.

To provide a long term sustainable solution, ‘passive irrigation’ of landscapes using stormwater harvested from hard surfaces within the parklands was a focus for the design. The integrated parkland design features an innovative application of 'wicking bed' technology to store locally harvested stormwater runoff for passive irrigation of two high use open lawn areas. The wicking beds use the natural process of soil capillary rise, driven by evapotranspiration, to draw water reserves held in shallow artificial aquifers to the active root zone thereby ensuring optimal soil moisture conditions for healthy turf growth. In conjunction with the wicking bed, vegetated swales, bioretention and permeable pavers form part of the parklands overall sustainable water management strategy.

The innovative use of wicking beds as part of the water management and parkland design provides a no-imported energy, low maintenance irrigation system to help sustain the lawn areas between rainfall events and increases the usability and resilience of these areas after heavy rainfall events through improved sub-soil drainage. The result is an admirably simple but integrated solution that delivers everything you could ask for in a sustainable landscape scheme; passive irrigation, stormwater treatment, an alternative water source and improved soil profiles for healthy turf and active use spaces.