East Ipswich, Queensland Ipswich City Council January – September 2012
Riverheart Parklands is situated on a stretch of the Bremer River, right in the heart of Ipswich Central and appeals to children of all ages. JMac was engaged to transform this once underutilised and unsightly river edge, into a vibrant public space for the Ipswich community
As principal contractor, JMac was engaged to complete the design and construction of the extension, and ensured Stage Two flowed seamlessly from the existing park.
The park features an amazing children’s water park, a spider web style climbing frame, a 25 metre long flying fox along with the standard amenities including BBQ facilities, showers and toilets. The discovery forest is a key attraction, set amongst a plantation of protected trees which includes forts, a bridge across a dry creek, carved wooden totems and balance beams.
Due to its location next to the Bremer River, JMac implemented a number of safeguarding strategies to protect the new park equipment and infrastructure from potential flooding.
As the salt content in the river in Ipswich is quite low, JMac employed an irrigation system which runs using water from the Bremer River, saving council an estimated $100,000 a year in watering costs.
The scope of the completed works far exceeded what was expected by Ipswich City Council at the EOI stage, and was achieved through a collaborative cost verses constructability approach.
‘Despite the numerous challenges of maintaining budget, providing alternatives for client review and acceptance, and the excessive inclement weather during construction delivery, your team rose to these challenges and provided an end product which is exceptional.’ Jim Lane – Associate Director, Turner & Townsend