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InQuik bridge installed by Landscape Solutions for Hills Shire Council: Approximately a third of the time to install versus regular bridge construction.
Sydney Water provided land to The Hills Shire Council to allow the construction of new sporting fields in Beaumont Hills – Caddies Creek. The Landscape Solutions project will see the construction of two football fields, which will be used as a cricket oval during summer, a stand-alone football field and a baseball diamond.
All fields will have their own associated amenities with provision for parking. Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said Council is striving to provide the best balance of natural values and recreational amenity that will ultimately maximise the livability of the local area. The Park will open in March 2018 with the sporting complex completed for the upcoming 2018/2019 seasons.
After 23 years of successful operation, Landscape Solutions has grown to be Australia’s No.1 landscape company, and although the company has come a long way, their focus on Client service has never wavered.
With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, Landscape Solutions deploys 350 full-time staff on a daily basis. These days, they specialise in large-scale commercial landscape development, high-quality grounds, garden and sports field construction and maintenance services, as well as asset management and irrigation solutions.
Landscape Solutions won the tender for the sports complex project and a key component was to design and construct a T44 load rated bridge at the Caddies Creek complex. This would enable Truck and Dog maintenance vehicles to have full access throughout the complex along with pedestrian access for visitors.
The project design raised the height of the structure for better flood immunity, and included high strength tie downs for the bridge deck. Council also wanted a structure resilient to graffiti and easily cleaned should it be “tagged”
Hills Shire Council was keen to assess the InQuik solution. Bridge building is traditionally viewed as high risk and high cost – the InQuik system reverses this taking cost and complexity out of bridge construction.
“It would take about 2 weeks to form up each of those abutments” was a comment when the InQuik abutments arrived by truck and the LanSol team was really happy when they took less than half a day to install.
How We Helped
The InQuik system was selected as it met all the necessary structural criteria in a location prone to flooding, as well as the tight timeline for design and construct. Ron Pidcock – Landscape Architect and Project Manager at the Hills Shire Council and Sushil Kumar – Project Manager Hills Shire Council, visited the first InQuik bridge at Boxers Creek, Goulburn to meet the InQuik team and inspect the design.
Council was supportive of the fact that InQuik is an Australian designed and manufactured product. During the pre-sale process, Council was keen to explore and discuss the various options for design and had direct contact with the InQuik team. Sushil and the team felt InQuik was very responsive to any questions raised and whilst the product is relatively new it uses tried and tested materials and is engineered to Australian Bridge Standards with certification by SMEC.
The Landscape Solutions team installed the bridge with the support of InQuik, and the project provided an opportunity to assess the install process of the innovative design, for its potential to replace other bridges in the Shire or for new land releases.
The InQuik Bridge System installed at Caddies Creek Sporting Complex went in smoothly – it was a case of blink and you’ll miss it with this part of the project. It takes a lot less time to install than regular bridge constructions and can typically be installed in a third of the time usually required.
Cost and complexity are reduced and using the InQuik system lessens potential impacts for weather delays. There are four bridges on this site, which will make the finished project incredibly accessible to the community and pedestrians.
The Council are considering InQuik for other projects and are happy to allow other Councils to come and inspect the end result upon approval by the site foreman.
Key Project Points:
- The InQuik and ARC team provided on-site assistance, and direct feedback was welcomed to suggested process and product enhancements.
- Efficient installation, as small cranes were used avoiding the cost and complexity of large cranes and crane pads.
- Minimised safety and WHS risks due to lightweight components, top down installation and reduced site time.
- The simple InQuik design and speed of installation means that you can now plan projects better, and the focus is on just getting the piling right, as the InQuik system goes in easily once the prep work is done.
- Minimised the environmental impact on the waterway.
- Landscape Solutions research ensured the bridge met the site specific requirements and design criteria.