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Beecroft Station Gardens

PROJECT UPDATE - JULY 2018

Works are ongoing at the Beecroft Community Centre, corner Copeland Road and Beecroft Road, and within the Beecroft Station Gardens alongside the railway station. A summary of progress and works anticipated for the month of July across the two sites is provided below:

BEECROFT COMMUNITY CENTRE CARPARK & PATHWAY WORKS

New paths are in use along the Community Centre frontage, with the installation of stainless steel handrails anticipated in early July, and work is expected to be completed this month on re-construction of the path from Beecroft Village Green, widened to serve as a pedestrian/ cycle shareway. This month will also see progress on construction of the Community Centre unloading/ parking area.

The unloading area/ parking bay (4 spaces) will be for users of the Community Centre only, with lockable bollards incorporated to restrict other access. Additional furnishings and finishes in this area will include seats, Centre information signage, bins, trees, gardens and lawns.

Landscape contractor, Regal Innovations, will relocate their site office from the Beecroft Station Gardens in July to an area within the Community Centre worksite, enabling all works to continue apace.

BEECROFT STATION GARDENS

The Memorial precinct in the southern end of the Station Gardens (near the WWI & WWII Cenotaph) is taking shape nicely. Existing War Memorial artefacts, the restored 1901 Boer War Memorial and the new ANZAC Centenary Memorial have been secured in their new resting locations.

During July, recycled brick and new sandstone pavers will be laid for footpaths and seating areas, and recycled sandstone block and new sandstone flagging will be used in the construction of walls, seating walls and garden edges. This month may also see commencement on installation some park furnishings.

Extensive soil improvement and planting works are planned for the Beecroft Station Gardens upgrade. On current predictions, planting works may commence in August.

ESTIMATED COMPLETION

It is currently anticipated that all works for the Community Centre and Beecroft Station Gardens will be completed by September 2018.


PROJECT UPDATE - JUNE 2018

Works are ongoing at the Beecroft Community Centre, corner Copeland Road and Beecroft Road, and within the Beecroft Station Gardens alongside the railway station. A summary of progress and works anticipated for the month of June across the two sites is provided below:

Beecroft Community Centre carpark & pathway works

New paths are now in use along the Community Centre frontage on Beecroft Road and Copeland Road. These paths extend via the western side of the worksite to link with the Station Gardens, connecting directly via the existing pedestrian crossing on Copeland Road.

The old Boer War Memorial that sat beside Copeland Road in this area is being relocated into a Memorial precinct in the Station Gardens (see Beecroft Station Gardens below).

Once completed, the Community Centre carpark will deliver 4 bays (including 2 accessible spaces) and a safe unloading area for deliveries for activities and events. The carpark will be for users of the Community Centre only, with measures to restrict other access. Also in June, a new shared pedestrian/ cycle path is being constructed, to reinstate travel through Beecroft Village Green to the south of the Community Centre. Associated drainage works are also occurring, which will improve the management of overland flows in this area.

When all works are completed, new Centre information signage, bench seats, a bin, gardens, trees and lawns will be restored to the setting.

Beecroft Station Gardens

Works are continuing within the Beecroft Station Gardens, which will deliver a precinct in the southern gardens area for ANZAC and other services, new gardens and lawns, a shade pergola, seating and table settings, a drinking fountain, and wheelchair accessible paths throughout the park.

The new Memorial precinct will retain existing dedications, introduce a new ANZAC Centenary Memorial, and provide a generous setting for Memorial services. The old Boer War Memorial is currently under repair and will be situated in this new setting. The re-design of the parkland will also provide improved open space area, capable of supporting events such as a market or other community gathering.

This month will see the continuation of earthworks plus drainage and water service installations, path and wall construction, and an Arborist crew will perform dead-wooding and pruning to existing trees. A stonemason is currently utilising salvaged sandstone for wall construction in the Memorial precinct in the southern end of the parkland.

Following preparations, substantial planting works will add up to twenty-five (25) new trees and hundreds of shrub and groundcover plantings. The finished gardens will also contain beds and borders filled with decorative and flowering perennials and annuals.

As sandstone is being re-used for walls, it is noted that old bench seats are also currently being restored for re-use in the Station Gardens and Community Centre sites. Any excess materials that are not able to be re-used to finish the works will be taken from site and re-used elsewhere.

Estimated Completion

It is currently anticipated that all works for the Community Centre and Beecroft Station Gardens will be completed by September 2018.


PROJECT UPDATE - MAY 2018

Works are continuing on the upgrade of the Beecroft Station Gardens which run alongside the railway station and at the Beecroft Community Centre within Beecroft Village Green to the south.

Beecroft Community Centre

New footpaths and brick pavements have been opened across the Community Centre/ Beecroft Road frontage. These provide wheelchair accessible grades between the Community Centre and the carpark.

The carpark construction will commence this month. During this time, the worksite will extend to the boundary with the railway corridor, so pedestrians will be re-directed around the front of the Community Centre.

The finished carpark facility will be for users of the Community Centre and will deliver 4 car bays (including 2 accessible spaces) and a safe unloading area for deliveries for activities and events.

When works are completed, new trees, gardens and lawns will be restored to the Community Centre parkland and carpark setting.

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Beecroft Station Gardens

Clearing, removals and earthworks are currently under way within the Beecroft Station Gardens site. Once completed, the works will deliver a graded landform and achieve wheelchair accessibility between the playground to the north and the Cenotaph to the south.

Owing to poor condition, two (2) trees will be removed from the Station Gardens as part of the works occurring in May, followed by substantial planting works. Up to twenty-five (25) new trees are proposed that will be under-planted with thousands of shrubs, groundcovers and decorative plants. New seating walls, furniture, shade provision and more useable open lawns will also be established by the park refurbishment works.

Stone and furniture from the former parkland is being salvaged for re-use throughout the job, as will be seen in some pavement and wall constructions. Materials that are not able to be re-used on site will be re-used elsewhere.

It is currently anticipated that all works for the Community Centre and Gardens sites will be completed by September 2018.


PROJECT UPDATE - MARCH 2018

Beecroft Community Centre

Works have commenced on the upgrade of the Beecroft Station Gardens alongside the railway station and construction of a new carpark at the Beecroft Community Centre within Beecroft Village Green to the south.

A carpark will provide access for authorised users of the facility, including 4 parking bays (2 accessible) and an unloading area for deliveries to facilities and for events.

Addressing the street, new footpaths will provide an entry to the Hall, which facilitates wheelchair access at suitable grades between the Community Centre and carpark and beyond to the adjoining Station Gardens and playground, Railway Station and Beecroft Village town centre to the north.

Nine new trees, gardens and lawns will be restored to the setting, with works around the Community Centre expected to be completed in September 2018.

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Signage Plan - Beecroft Community Centre car park (click to enlarge)

Beecroft Station Gardens

A main feature of the park re-design is the removal of stairs within the park, so that wheelchair access is provided between the playground to the north and the War Memorial to the south within the Station Gardens.

Currently, the removal of old pavements, sleeper edging, furniture, and damaged trees is taking place. Stone, brick pavers and some furniture is being salvaged where possible for re-use throughout the job. Most existing trees within the Station Gardens are being retained, including all of the grand pines, most Jacarandas and other specimens. The number of removals of trees (3) and large shrubs (3) is outnumbered by new tree plantings (25). Beecroft Station Gardens will be refreshed with new trees and decorative understorey, plus new furniture and seating and open lawns being established.

It is currently anticipated that works will be completed in September 2018.

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Works Notification - Beecroft Station Gardens & Community Centre (click to enlarge)

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