Rough and Milne were engaged by Apollo Projects to provide landscape architectural services for the design development and construction of the new Taiora QEII Recreation and Sports Centre, in east Christchurch.
One of the design constraints was establishing a planting design above contaminated soils left behind from the demolition of the former QEII complex. To overcome this, r+m designed mounded dune gardens to gain height above the capped soils, while also enhancing the sites’ coastal landscape character. The indigenous plantings, include species that would have once grown naturally within the old dune and estuarine ecosystems of the area, such as Euphorbia glauca (shore spurge), Juncus pallidus (wiwi, giant rush) and Apodasmia similis (oioi, jointed wire rush).
Another key feature of the landscape design are functional and aesthetic attributes of the comprehensive rain garden arrangement within the main car park. Once established, the rain gardens will hold and filter stormwater runoff from the car park, as well as soften and visually break up the expansive hardstand area.
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