Springfield Lakes State School

Springfield Lakes State School

Project Services for Education Queensland developed Springfield State School at Springfield, Ipswich Region.

Springfield Lakes | Queensland | Australia

Project Services for Education Queensland developed Springfield State School at Springfield Lakes – Ipswich Region. 

The site is an extensive parcel of land that slopes toward the North which provided an ideal aspect for landscape design.

However, the grade and topography proved a challenge and therefore significant retaining walls were required due to meeting pedestrian equitable access requirements. 

The Landscape for the site is extensive and specific requirements were required to meet Education Queensland’s specification. 

View through the leaves of vegetation

Education Queensland’s Vision for landscapes in schools is:

“…provide an inclusive, creative landscape setting which fosters the students intellectual and social interaction, and supports their physical development, whilst promoting sustainability of the environment”

key guiding principles

Four key guiding principles which underpin landscape design and management for schools:

  • flexibility and change
  • inclusiveness
  • context and character
  • natural environment
Shrubs and houses

landscape architectural design

Some of the landscape elements include

  • feature shade trees to outdoor play areas and pedestrian footpaths
  • a ‘green spine’ through the centre of the site which also provides overland flow for stormwater
  • erosion control to landscape buffer zones
  • pocket recreational ‘break out zones’ for students
  • surrounding streetscape design in accordance with Local Authority requirements
  • carpark design including shade trees and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) considerations
  • entry forecourt design to school entrance. 
Shrubs and Groundcovers
School building and shrubs
School name panel
Downhill road to carpark
Groundcover at school
a picture of foxtail


context and character

natural environment

flexibility and change

  • From “Landscape Management for Education Queensland Schools” by Conrad Gargett Landscape Architecture
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