Historic parks and gardens restoration for City of Moreland. The extensive parks and gardens located in Coburg near the old Pentridge Prison are a prized community asset. Degradation of the park infrastructure over the years had resulted in drains blocking and breaking, retaining walls partially collapsing as well as paths and walkways becoming dangerous and inaccessible. A variety of restoration works were required to rehabilitate the various assets. Walls were reinstated, drainage and paths excavated and relaid or repaired.
A.R.S. were able to undertake all the different aspects of the project, saving the council money and alleviating the need for different trades and contracts. Some of the main retaining walls in particular represented unique challenges. Others had quoted to completely replace historic bluestone walls, however the cost of bluestone stonemasonry was prohibitive. The A.R.S. solution first rectified the structural deficiencies with solid concrete, then over the top of this was applied shaved bluestone facade tiles. This recreated the genuine effect of the original at a fraction of the cost and time. In addition pits and drainage assets were relined and / or replaced.
The park is now reopen to the public with full pedestrian access after minimal disruption.