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Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal

The Toorak Road Level Crossing Removal Project demonstrates how exceptional community and environmental outcomes can be created in tandem with the realization of transport infrastructure projects.
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  • Client South Eastern Program Alliance
  • Location Kooyong, Victoria, Australia
  • Year 2019-2021
The project created over 6,000m2 of new public open space, which features activity areas, active transport network connections, significant areas of planting, natural character feature boulders and open lawn areas. The composition of the new open space vastly improved the visual presence of Tooronga Park and Sir Zelman Cowen Parks on Toorak Road, while introducing a new active transport network and series of well-used public.
The project achieved exceptional sustainability outcomes, contributing to site ecology, biodiversity and habitat value through the planting of over 300 new mature trees and 37,000 plants and the installation of over 30 habitat logs.
Stormwater from the elevated railway and the wider site is captured and discharged into the landscape by way of a large, planted swale. The swale hugs the edge of the shared path, exposing cyclists and pedestrians to a striking and textured palette of native trees and plants.
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  • TEAM LXRP, Laing O'rourke, Jacobs Engineering
  • AWARDS 2022 AILA VIC Landscape Architecture Awards - Infrastructure - Landscape Architecture Award
  • PHOTOGRAPHY Dianna Snape