Geelong’s Green Spine project a joint initiative between the City of Greater Geelong and State Government was named winner in the Civic Landscape category of the 2019 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) National Awards. ACOR Melbourne worked with Outlines Landscape Architecture to provide Civil and Structural engineering design services for the project.
AILA VIC – Jury Citation
Malop Street Green Spine by Outlines Architecture is a prime example of public infrastructure designed to balance social, economic and environmental interests. An asymmetrical street profile optimises occupation of the south side of the street, where solar access is greatest and where plants are more likely to thrive. This is coupled with places to sit, meander, connect and explore. Bounded by new cycle lanes and clear pathways, established through the reclaiming of road surface, Malop Street packs a punch; it is conspicuously lush, vibrant and inviting. Water sensitive urban design underpins the development, which is envisaged to extend to the historic Johnstone Park (to the west) and Geelong’s botanical gardens at Eastern Park. Malop Street draws a strong horticultural connection to these two valued sites. Creating safe, friendly and well-lit spaces that facilitate public use and alfresco dining, Malop Street champions inclusivity, vibrancy, identity and the environment.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said:
“Congratulations to all involved in delivering and maintaining this beautiful and welcoming space. It is an exciting time for the Green Spine project, with the construction of the next stage between Gheringhap Street and Moorabool Street to begin by the middle of next year. As the works are completed over the coming years, our community will reap the social, economic and environmental benefits of this beautiful, linear park.”