The POP-UP-PARK transforms an under utilised site adjacent to Dandenong Station in Victoria. This project is part of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative, a $290 million project to restore Dandenong as the capital of Melbourne’s south east over the next 15-20 years.
ASPECT Studios took a lead role for its client VicUrban, providing design and construction documentation, and a ‘hands on’ contract administration role in delivering the park, sourcing and negotiating donated materials from local suppliers.
Wherever possible the facility’s construction method and materials were selected to ensure it can be relocated in the future. Senior staff members even contributed to planting and furniture installation, and sweeping the pavement!
In its infancy the project was successful in securing a $608,000 grant from the Australian Government Jobs Fund and a $480,000 Victorian Community Support Grant from the Department of Planning and Community Development, which ASPECT Studios was involved in preparing. This funding has allowed Vicurban, through a partnership with Mission Australia, to offer the opportunity for 24 local trainees to complete certificate 3 in horticulture and construction, many of whom have since moved on to full time employment.
Construction documentation and contract administration
Foster Street, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Parks and Leisure Australia National 2012 Awards of Excellence – Winner of Inclusive and Connected Communities
Parks and Leisure Australia VIC/TAS 2012 Awards of Excellence – Winner of Inclusive and Connected Communities