101 Grattan Street, Carlton
The 82 apartments and 6 shops forming this residential and commercial complex were constructed in the early 1990's.
An inner city oasis of green awaited visitors entering via the underground carpark and main entry from Grattan Street.
Issues with waterproofing and drainage resulted in the need for complete demolition of approximately 800 square metres of above-slab structures to fix the underlying issues. Then came the new screed, waterproofing, paving, plumbing, electrics and garden beds.
Groof assisted the Owners Corporation committee deliver this $2M renovation project, liaising with town planners, architects, structural engineers, project managers, builders, landscapers, plumbers and electricians.
This project is the first in Melbourne to incorporate a green wall and two green roofs within a podium garden complex.
La Trobe University, Bundoora
Originally constructed in the late 1960's, La Trobe University's main campus at Bundoora features numerous walkways with concrete balustrades linking various faculty buildings.
Groof was hired to provide the university with options and recommendations for green walls to be rolled out across campus to soften the architecture and promote the university as a leader in ecological research within the built form.
Plant species sourced from the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary are being trialed within the two green wall systems recommended by Groof, which will significantly increase local knowledge and use of species from the Melbourne's grasslands ecology within Melbourne's green walls.
Groof was hired to conduct a site analysis, review plans prepared by Folk Architects, present key findings, consider quotes from three green roof contractors and provide a contractor recommendationation.
The 280sqm green roof constructed above the wine barrell storage area helps regulate temperatures within the barrell store and contributes to the aesthetics of the cellar door precinct.
This project received a National Commendation for Commercial Architecture in the Australian Institute of Achitects' 2012 National Architecture Awards.
Image: Peter Bennetts
Groof Director, Ben Nicholson traveled to 22 cities in Europe, North America and Asia to visit world-leading sites and meet with experts in green infrastructure planning, design, construction and maintenance.
Through his international network established before, during and after the Fellowship, Ben closely follows emerging trends within the global green infrastructure sector. This knowledge of international trends enables Ben's project teams to deliver best-practice with every project.
250 Gore Street, Fitzroy
The architects of this substantial residential development in Fitzroy hired Groof to provide options and recommendations for a range of greening approaches throughout the complex. These included large planters with wire mesh, private balcony balcony gardens and a large rooftop communal garden area. This project is currently under construction.
Development Victoria is the Victorian Government's property development agency. Groof prepared and presented a briefing paper to the Development Manager on the benefits and costs of integrating green roofs into Dandenong LOGIS, the first eco-industrial business park in Australia. Groof identified green roofs as potential storm water management infrastructure to increase net developable land within the 154 hectare site.
229-231 Barkly Street, Footscray
This site was redeveloped by Yarra Community Housing (now Unison) and Maribyrnong City Council to provide long-term accommodation and transitional housing services for low-income residents. Groof was commissioned, during the project scoping phase, to produce a development framework which included an analysis of key considerations for the design, construction and management of a rooftop community garden within the redeveloped residential complex.