Monash Uni Nature Walk

Location: Clayton, Victoria

Client: Monash University

Date: March 2016 – October 2016

As a part of Monash University’s 15 year plan for their natural historic Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk, Ace was contracted to undertake the construction and installation of a modular designed elevated timber boardwalk, along with landscaping works, including planting.

The elevated boardwalk provides safe access from Blackburn Road to the campus.

In addition, Ace also undertook remedial works, new paving and construction of a 2km running track, with a 1km DDA compliant loop around the oval, featuring after hours lighting, exercise stations and drinking fountains.

Scope of works for the contract included:

  • Demolition
  • Bulk earthworks
  • Steel structure with timber decking
  • Insitu concrete works
  • Conduits and trenching works
  • Pavement construction
  • Piling works
  • Dam wall works
  • Retaining wall construction
  • Installation of furniture and signage
  • Installation of fencing and balustrades
  • Planting, mulching and grassing
  • Electrical works

Key Delivery Challenges: 

  • University Operations – Management of pedestrian movements through and around the project site, including programming of works to suit stakeholder activities
  • Environment – Protection of significant trees and planting areas in culturally and environmentally sensitive areas
  • Noise – Management of noise through program planning and early notification to affected stakeholders
  • Access – Limited space for site compound, parking and stockpiling, combined with time restrictions in some site areas, made delivery and storage of material, mobilisation of plant difficult and as a result meant complex access programming
  • Program – Achieving program milestones, despite reduced work hours and design changes