Rouse Hill Landscape Restoration by AECOM
This project exemplifies the capacity of large-scale open space in new developments to function as green infrastructure. The New Rouse Hill, developing in the north-west growth sector of Sydney, will continue to put great strain on stormwater management in particular. In an effort to create resilient, healthy and functioning landscape that connects residents to their public open space resource and that will also serve as the central stormwater management system in the new community, AECOM worked with the developer to create this landscape restoration project.
The work AECOM carried out includes experimental plots for monitoring plant performance for a broadacre approach to landscape restoration, which presents an alternative to mass planting practices. Research will continue to monitor various dimensions of how the project’s environmental systems continue to perform. Furthermore, the project is an exemplar for the capacity of natural bush communities to coexist with dense urban development.