Plantations is a 196-site Manufactured Home Estate situated on 19.5 hectares in the seaside town of Woolgoolga, north of Coffs Harbour, NSW. With close proximity to the beach and a rural aspect to the west, the development is appealing to retirees with shopping, leisure and medical amenities located close by.
GeoLINK was first appointed by Ingenia to the role of Civil Superintendent in 2017 for Stage 1 and 2 of the development. In 2018, we were appointed to the role of Principal Design Consultant for the remaining stages, inclusive of civil design, services coordination, tender preparation, and supervision and contract administration.
Civil Engineering Services
Our civil engineering team has undertaken the detailed civil design, services design coordination and approvals for Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the project.
The detailed civil design included drawings for bulk earthworks, roads, intersections, footpaths, parking areas, stormwater drainage, sewerage reticulation, erosion and sediment control and combined services plans. GeoLINK’s civil engineering team coordinated the services design for each stage for all services including electrical and street lighting, telecommunications (NBN), hydraulic services (reticulated water and fire) and gas. An amended Controlled Activity Approval was also obtained for the design of the major stormwater outlet for the site, inclusive of energy dissipation and scour protection measures to mitigate impacts on Woolgoolga Creek.
As GeoLINK is a multidisciplinary consultancy, we were able to offer our client the added benefit of additional in-house services such as landscape architecture and ecology.
Woolgoolga Creek weaves in and around Plantations and the banks of the creek are classified as vegetation retention zones (VRZ) as part of the vegetation management plan (VMP). Our landscape architect coordinated the implementation of the VMP works, including preparation of detailed planting schedules for VRZ, selection of suitable contractors, and supervision of the works.
Our landscape architect was also engaged to prepare a plant species selection plan which would complement the built form of the clubhouse, whilst providing low maintenance and drought tolerant gardens.
Our ecologists undertook environmental assessment of the proposed tree clearing and pre-clearing fauna surveys to minimise impacts on threatened species.