Carrara Gardens Golf and Tennis Academy
KDV Sport Pty Ltd
Landscape Master Planning and Landscape Architectural Services
Cactus and Hill were appointed to provide a Landscape Master Plan and Landscape Architecture service for the Carrara Gardens Golf and Tennis Academy, an exciting new redevelopment of a golf course located on the Gold Coast. The new plan will result in the establishment of an exciting new sporting and recreation precinct, with an international golf and tennis training academy.
The precinct boasts of a wide range of sporting and recreational facilities, including a professional golf course and driving range; and a range of professional tennis courts including both Italian clay and hardcourt tennis courts, practice courts and paddle tennis courts. The academy also includes a day spa, mini golf course and outdoor events pavilion space.
Cactus and Hill’s vision was to make the academy a stand out destination, recognised as a premium facility across Australia. Through our unique design approach to Landscape Master Planning and Landscape Architectural Services, we aim to maximise the number of people that enjoy using the space, and the duration of each visit.
We look to create a vibrant, comfortable and quality environment for both international professional players and the residents of south east Queensland, wanting sporting and recreation enjoyment.
To adequately provide a comfortable environment for the users, the Master Planning of spaces allows for both passive and active areas, where people can watch and rest, as well as participate in healthy activity.
To reconnect the users to the natural environment, the landscape is characterised by the use of a simple pavement and furniture palette, consisting of neutral colours and natural materials. In contrast, the areas of planting include a diverse mix of plant species, form and size. The planting creates interest, reinforces the sites riverine context and improves micro-climatic conditions, through the introduction of large shade trees and landscape structures with native climbers. Creating climatic comfort ensures visitors can use spaces throughout different times of day and seasons.
To promote longevity, the sustainable design responds to the sites location within a flood plain, guiding the selection of hardy, flood tolerant plants and materials that require minimal on-going maintenance. The design allows the site’s stormwater to be collected and treated through a combination of water harvesting tanks, passive irrigation swales, and a lake with floating wetland. Stormwater is sustainably collected and re-used across the development, to reduce the site’s environmental footprint.
The design creates a visually beautiful environment and we look forward to seeing this development become a much loved recreation centre upon completion, which can adapt and provide for future growth.
Cactus and Hill are enjoying working with Shiro Architects in delivering this project. Follow the link to Shiro Architects project page.
For more examples view our Landscape Architecture portfolio.