Trailing innovative low-impact stormwater systems
The Mount Greens Sports project has enabled the Tauranga City Council to rationalise reserves space, upgrade sports facilities to international standards and trial an innovative low-impact stormwater system.
The new 2.8 hectare facility accommodates multiple croquet lawns and bowling greens, club and green keeper facilities and parking. Boffa Miskell was the lead design consultant, responsible for the overall design and implementation, including landscape, consenting, stakeholder engagement with local iwi, infrastructure and architectural components. CPG NZ Ltd provided engineering and architectural services.
The project followed a decision to provide combined facilities for local croquet and bowling clubs. Once the clubs are relocated, their former greens, strategically located near Mount Maunganui, will be freed up for other reserve purposes.
Boffa Miskell landscape architect Morné Hugo says all storm water had to be disposed of on-site as the reticulated system had no extra capacity.
“We suggested a low-impact design solution, using the Atlantis ‘Rain Smart’ sub-surface storage modules in conjunction with rain gardens to provide filtration and absorb the run-off.”
The council decided to extend the project and construct additional roadside parking incorporating rain gardens in the traffic islands of the adjacent roadway as a test case of low impact design forpotential use elsewhere in the city.
Planning,Landscape Architecture,Iwi engagement
|Client||Tauranga City Council|
|Project team||Morné Hugo|
CPG NZ Ltd
|Project date||Late 2010|