Sprout, working with Canterbury City Council and The Cooks Rivers Alliance retrofitted a pocket of existing suburban open space to address urban stormwater issues resulting from increased densification.
A medium scale bio retention basin, outdoor teaching space, accessible footpaths, viewing deck and informal trail were ultimately delivered with revegetation works that enhance habitat and buffer adjacent residential properties. Macrophytic species densely planted throughout the basin attenuate flows and polishes stormwater. A teaching space provides an opportunity for Council to hold community workshops structured around urban ecology and hydrology.
An elevated viewing deck, accessible edges and trail of sculptural sandstone blocks encourages the community to get up close and personal with the basin to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna establishing in ephemeral aquatic and terrestrial habitats.