The Gold Coast industrial suburbs of Yatala, Stapylton and Ormeau, known collectively as the Yatala Enterprise Area (YEA), is
one of the most important industrial land resources, particularly for large scale industry in South East Queensland.
Yatala Industrial Estate which is a 3,000 hectare area, zoned for commercial and industrial use, is located at the northern end
of the city, straddling the Pacific Highway, central to the Gold Coast - Brisbane growth corridor.
ICPS Corporation commissioned Citicene to provide landscape architectural services for this industrial subdivision.
The design addresses sensitive visual impact and stormwater filtration issues as the site is located directly adjacent to the busy M1 Motorway that links Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Citicene provided a range of landscape architectural services for this project including:
- Visual Impact Assessment
- Statement of Landscape Intent
- Local Authority Approvals and negotiation
- Detailed documentation and construction supervision
- detailed design of stormwater filtration swales.
A visual analysis was carried out to understand the potential visual impacts of the proposed development and establish parameters for mitigating these impacts.
Key areas identified as defining the visual character of the site were:
A. The stretch of land adjacent to the intersection of Elderslie Road & Darlington Drive
B. The stretch of land along Elderslie Road between the site and road
C. The stretch of land along Darlington Drive between the site & road
D. The entrance to the estate from Darlington Drive
E. The adjacent lot terraces & retaining structures
F. The parking zones within lot boundaries
G. The Northern site boundary
The existing conditions at each of these locations was assessed, analysing the constraints. Methods to improve the visual amenity of each space were proposed.
One of the key mitigation strategies recommended was the establishment of significant landscape buffers. The intent of these
zones was to soften the visual impact of the proposed built form and reduce noise pollution where suitable buffer depths could be achieved.
Buffering includes strategically positioned tall trees, dense screening trees and shrubs and groundcovers made up of local native species selected for drought tolerance. The buffer was recommended to be established during the bulk earthworks phase of the development, to allow for maximum establishment of vegetation prior to the development of any individual lots.
The assessment identified proposed building heights of the development, as well as a comparison of the massing with the nearby Carlton & United Yatala Brewery. Proposed fence types were also considered as part of the study.
Photo montages representing key viewpoints to the site were compiled to communicate the intent of the proposed landscape mitigation methods.
It was concluded that most of the critical visual impacts could be negotiated to achieve a reasonably coherent, visually non-intrusive industrial development.
Existing View: Existing View to site from Motorway looking North
Proposed View: Proposed View to site from Motorway looking North indicating mitigation strategies
Gold Coast City Council required a Statement of Landscape Intent to address the landscape in relation to the site context.
Topography reveals a series of rising terraces parallel to the Darlington Drive, culminating at a hill towards the North-Western
Boundary which was perceived as a feature from distance. Due to its elevation, the site commands a prominent view from all roads.
The Southern and Eastern edge of the site features a continuous Natural Swale which is part of the Natural Drainage System and hence required a specific drainage & landscape strategy.
The upper Eastern edge features a steep slope with exposed rock surface starting right next to Elderside Road.
Deriving inspiration from the natural features, accounting for the adjacent developments and considering the visual impact of
the site, appropriate Landscape Strategies were adopted for the development.
ICPS/Walker Corporation/ Stockland
Gold Coast City Council