The Industrial Garden – Pocket Park Design Competition

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BACKGROUND

SVC Products is an Australian manufacturing company that supplies quality precast concrete products to clients in Civil Infrastructure and Urban Architecture. Located in the City of Whittlesea, SVC Thomastown is their northern distribution centre which primarily stocks Civil products for local builders, plumbers and civil construction contractors.

SVC Products is supplying an ever-increasing number of custom furniture products to open space projects throughout Australia. Their vision is to create a living space to showcase their capabilities in this field. The site has undergone major refurbishment in the past two years and the office and amenities will soon be renovated. There is currently a vacant outdoor area adjacent to the office at the Thomastown distribution centre, which has the potential to be transformed into a pocket park that adds green space into the largely industrial area.

DESIGN BRIEF

SVC is inviting students and recent graduates with less than 2 years’ industry experience to submit a landscape design for the new pocket park. The park should showcase products from SVC’s Urban range, and provide an inviting outdoor space for staff and clients to enjoy meetings and lunch activities.

Students are encouraged to explore innovative ideas to bring together the overall aesthetics, functionality, sustainability and usability of the space.

DESIGN CONSTRAINTS

The design must incorporate an entryway into the site office, which will be a glass-panelled sliding door.

Students may select paving materials from SVC’s G2 range, and other elements from the standard planter and furniture suites in the SVC Urban catalogue. Students may also design their own concrete furniture if desired. Examples of SVC’s previous bespoke work can be found in their project gallery.

Plants used in the design should be locally sourced. We recommend selecting from the range available at Warners Nurseries.

BUDGET CONSTRAINTS

The proposed budget for the supply of all soft and hard materials for the pocket park is $45,000. This budget does not require the inclusion of construction and labour costs. You may submit a summary of your material costings, however this is not mandatory.

Below is a recommended breakdown of the material components of the budget:

  • Paving: $5,000
  • Plants: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Concrete furniture: $20,000
  • Lighting/other: $10,000
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COMPETITION REGISTRATION
  • Entry is open to current students studying Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Landscape Design and recent graduates with less than 2 years of industry experience.
  • Victoria-based applicants only.
  • Each applicant may only submit one entry.
  • Please ensure you have fully read and agree to the competition’s Terms & Conditions.
Judging Panel

Adrian Napoleone

Team Leader - Parks Development,
City of Whittlesea

Adrian Napoleone, City of Whittlesea

Adrian is a Landscape Architect and currently the Team Leader of Parks Development at the City of Whittlesea. With his team of project managers and landscape architects, Adrian designs and constructs high quality public open spaces within established and growth areas.

Tim Fitzgerald

Landscape Architect,
Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture

Tim Fitzgerald, FFLA

A registered landscape architect and director of Fitzgerald Frisby Landscape Architecture, Tim has a wide range of project experience across various design fields. He has worked on numerous landscape architectural projects and is a former lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew Smith

Key Account Manager,
Warners Nurseries

Andrew Smith, Warners

With 32 years expertise at Warners Nurseries, Andrew works closely with landscape architects, designers and contractors, advising on plant selection and culture. His extensive experience in the landscape industry includes three years’ service on the Landscaping Victoria Board.

Jane Lacey

Director,
SVC Products Pty Ltd

Jane Lacey, SVC

Jane is one of SVC’s directors and the daughter of SVC’s co-founder, Max Finlason. Jane has played a significant role in representing SVC and has been involved in many prominent projects including Federation Square and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Bruce Grogan

National Sales Manager,
SVC Products Pty Ltd

Bruce Grogan, SVC

Bruce joined SVC in 2017 as part of the business’ partnership with Anston Architectural. Bruce has a strong background in both civil and landscape construction, having amassed a wealth of knowledge throughout his extensive career.

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