Brisbane’s green lifestyle, fantastic commuter access and a strong local community is usually top of the list for any family looking for a place to call home in the River City and one of Inertia’s latest projects ticks all the boxes.
Located in The Gap, Adpen’s Nature’s Edge is a development of 9 premium townhouses that combine leading design, cutting edge technology and inventive use of space to create stunning homes fit for one of the city’s premier family suburbs.
But with any development in Brisbane’s western suburbs there are always challenges because the area is known for its difficult topography, located in the valley between Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill – ‘the gap’ between hills – which both form part of the Taylor Range.
Engaged to undertake civil and structural detailed design services, Inertia’s Civil and Housing teams have worked hard to unlock the site and create a workable solution for their client to develop the Waterworks Road block.
Inertia’s Daley Curran led the Civil elements in conjunction with Dan Gibson “Working with steep sites is always interesting as it creates difficulties in establishing flat lots for homesites for slab on ground style construction and also being able to manage and control runoff, particularly in Brisbane’s wet season.”
“We’ve worked hard with the team at Adpen to ensure the practicality of our civil design captures the vision they are after. We also had to work hard to maintain achievable access to the property which is being maintained at the rear of the block. Tucking all these elements in is the type of challenge we love here at Inertia”.
“We also had to be very mindful of the way we managed services across the site, partially due to the gradient and also because of the deep planting at the front of the site. Preserving the trees that formed the boundary was essential to retain the leafy character that The Gap is known for.
Dave Kelly led the structural design team and made particular note of the site’s retaining walls “On any project with a steep gradient, how we deal with the differences in levels is important. Thankfully retaining wall technology has improved significantly in recent years. We have access to lighter materials that are more robust than before and also come in a range of design finishes.”
“We’ve been working hard in the housing team to ensure we present structures with fit with the site whilst maintaining high-quality finishes when coupled with our retaining.”