Sustainability and Environment
Springfield Lakes incorporates a range of residential areas, public and private open space, preservation of environmentally significant areas, an integrated transport network and commercial and retail precincts that work in harmony with the major town centre.
The subdivision of layouts at Springfield Lakes have been based on a formulated grid to achieve desirable solar orientation, leafy streets, surveillance of public spaces and walkable neighbourhoods – and to enhance the community’s perception of a sense of place.
A large open space network has been delivered, including lakes, billabongs, parks and environmental reserves. The road networks have been planned and designed to link with the existing road infrastructure and provide a cohesive road network with safe traffic conditions.
For the residential development, Lendlease collaborated with Ipswich City Council to develop the Springfield Lakes Design Manual. The design guidelines tested development standards to site-responsive conditions including slope, vegetation retention and community planning, all of which are not only important elements for Springfield Lakes but the wider development industry in the region and Australia.
Springfield Lakes has three lakes, totalling 23 hectares, which is unique for master planned communities. These large lakes serve multiple purposes ranging from both passive and active recreational opportunities, community meeting point and breeding ground for local fauna. They also serve an environmental function as part of the development’s stormwater management plan, where the quality of the water leaving the site is of a better quality than that entering the site pre-development.
An Environmental Management Plan is in place at Springfield Lakes and underpins all development works that strives to achieve best practice.
Existing trees are retained in road reserves and parks where possible to provide a development that blends seamlessly with the natural surrounds.
Water Saving Techniques
Drought tolerant design and native planting have been used in the creation of parks and ovals to minimise the necessity to water these amenities.
The design and construction of the lakes, wetlands and billabongs provide dual outcomes of biodiversity by improving water quality while offering a safe recreational amenity to the local community. The lake system has been stocked with a variety of native fish to improve the water quality and promote a sustainable healthy water system.
The urban design of Springfield Lakes incorporates easy access for all residents to public transport. With the arrival of the train in late 2013, residents have access to another form of public transport, which is a first for a master planned community in South-East Queensland.