Challenging site conditions called for an alternative methodology and documentation process to standard design and construction projects. The remoteness and irregularity of the site informed the design process and final output. This desire to seek a more compelling alternative was thoroughly explored, with the major considerations being: safety, accessibility, experience and a proximity to nature. It was expected there would be difficulties in communicating the design intent with the construction team given the environs. We opted to use typical details that responded to the irregular terrain with the major considerations being ease of construction and a focus on nature.
A unique opportunity to explore and implement a new trail alignment re-connecting MacKenzie Falls to the historical Zumsteins Picnic Ground
The destruction of a footbridge during flooding in the Grampians National Park, Victoria, delivered a unique opportunity to explore and implement a new trail alignment re-connecting MacKenzie Falls to the historical Zumsteins Picnic Ground.
hansen partnership prepared a concept plan for the MacKenzie Falls Precinct in order to guide the preparation of construction documentation for implementation works under Parks Victoria’s flood recovery program. The trail alignment was designed to emphasise natural features and identifies a more inspired route for visitors. A newly aligned footbridge, expanded mesh steps and a walkway contribute to the trail’s presence and identity within the region.
Photography by Andrew Lloyd