Maximising user experience

CLOUSTON has a long association with the landscape and urban planning of this major arterial road. We were able to draw on our experience when it came to preparing the landscape and urban design framework for the 7.5-kilometre extension of Tiger Brennan Drive, the final “missing link” connecting Palmerston to Darwin.

The framework investigated cost-efficient and sustainable landscape methods through the use of broad-scale seeding of locally occuring native species. The urban design was guided by maximising the experience for road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, with consideration given to future development that will eventually align sections of the road.

Contributing to the travel experience and connecting to the community, CLOUSTON also developed a public art strategy for the length of Tiger Brennan Drive that explored the theme of the Top End’s unique “seasons” from the perspective of the Larrakia people. A series of artworks at the major interchange represent the Dalirgang season, commonly known as the build-up. The artworks include a feature balustrade, murals, precast concrete reliefs and aluminium sculptures. CLOUSTON facilitated the art process and engaged with three Larrakia artists to develop their concept sketches into conceivable pieces of public art appropriate for the scale and the harsh road environment.

Client: NT Government
Engineers: SKM
Artists: Kenny Reid, James Gaston, Peter Brown
Services: Master plan, concept design, art facilitation, construction documentation
Budget: $3.5 million
Date: 2009–2010

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