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Shakespeare Grove Main Drain Renewal

Redesigning a vintage stormwater drain for safety, renewal and beauty

  • 66

    Metre Structure Demolished

  • 24

    Metre Structure Rehabilitated

  • 8

    Design Options

  • Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne, Australia

Inviting locals and tourists to St Kilda with an architecturally designed stormwater drain outlet structure

The Shakespeare Grove main drain outlet on St Kilda Beach conveys stormwater from the Port Phillip area into the Bay. The outlet's structure was in poor condition and fenced off from pedestrians. Melbourne Water engaged us to complete the functional design for its renewal, creating an exciting opportunity to balance designing a stormwater drain with recreating and beautifying a destination point.

We developed five civil and three architectural design options. To help us determine the two preferred designs we facilitated multi-criteria analysis workshops with community groups and engaged stakeholders, conducted in-depth consultation with statutory authorities, and incorporated general community feedback. We identified several safety considerations and incorporated into the final design, and Life Saving Victoria did a public safety risk assessment.

Our specialists and partners together delivered a functional design that challenged the status quo of stormwater projects while sympathising with the urban coastal landscape and merging technical outcomes with tourist engagement.

At a Glance

  • Arup
  • Human Habitats
  • Urbis
Infrastructure Project Innovation Award, AWA VIC Water Awards 2022 (joint winner)
Meet Our Team

Dr. Fiona Taukulis, Business Leader, Environment WA

My team and I are widely recognized by clients and regulators as the foremost salt lake ecology specialists in Western Australia.
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Dominic Murray-Fiume, Civil Engineer

Collaboration is king. We should be as diverse as the communities we serve to provide innovative outcomes and value in the work we deliver.

Frances Lojkine, Senior Principal Planner

My passion is combining the strategic management of projects with a keen eye for detail.

Gerrard Young, Business Development & Strategy Manager

I enjoy working with clients who are committed to continuous improvement, innovation, diversity and sustainability.
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Jay Burgess, Principal Civil Engineer/Team Leader - Engineering Solutions

It’s always rewarding seeing your work add value to the community once it’s been completed.
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Dr. Fiona Taukulis

Business Leader, Environment WA

Dominic Murray-Fiume

Civil Engineer

Frances Lojkine

Senior Principal Planner

Gerrard Young

Business Development & Strategy Manager

Jay Burgess

Principal Civil Engineer/Team Leader - Engineering Solutions

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