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Case Studies

Over many years, the Arbor Centre has delivered a wide variety of projects in both the public and private sectors, in tree installation, transplanting and consultation. You can find just a few examples of these projects below. 

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Perth Stadium (Optus Stadium)

Client: Brookfield Multiplex

Description of Project: Consulting Services, Tree Preservation Reports, Tree Transplanting, Tree Supply and Installation with ongoing Monitoring, Maintenance and Advisory services, in order to establish and maintain high standards of trees as part of the attractive stadium and surrounding area landscape.

Project insight: As a part of the stadium construction process, to provide consulting services and an assessment of trees on site, leading to reporting and recommendations for both the relocation and installation of trees on site. Following this, we carried out several tree transplants and installed new trees from stock as a part of the redevelopment of the stadium and its surrounding landscape. We continue to providing monitoring and maintenance services and also contribute to the ongoing management of the stadium landscape through advisory inputs.

Project Challenges: As with many projects of a large development such as this, we had to adhere to an established construction timetable and management plan, which integrated with other contractors’ works as part of the overall development process. The scale and complexity of the stadium and the surrounding landscaping meant communication with other key stakeholders was crucial to the success of such a large integrated project.

Understandably, being commissioned onto such a prestigious project, we were relied upon to constantly demonstrate our ‘best-in-class’ technical and operational arboriculture skills, alongside carefully considered tree species selection, in order to ensure that the overall outcome, alongside other contractors, adhered to the remit of producing a truly world class stadium and stadium environment  - a major landmark and public amenity to be proud of. We’re certainly proud of the part we played and continue to play in this project. 


Scarborough Beach Redevelopment

Client: Georgiou Group for Stirling Council

Description of Project: Installation of Date Palm, Washingtonia Palm and Norfolk Island Pine Trees for the main thoroughfare and the Scarborough Beach Pool precinct.

Project insight: As a part of the redevelopment of the Scarborough Beach precinct, we procured site specific specimens and prepare site specific planting pits to accommodate a multitude of mature Palms and Trees as an integral part of the overall design for the area.

Project Challenges:

  • We had to factor-in the natural hazards of operating in a coastal environment to ensure safe working practices were observed during windy conditions, with particular attention on managing public interest.
  • The project required our proven skill set of balancing technical compliance with themanagement and aftercare considerations required to maintain aesthetics.
  • Typically, as in most large-scale development such as this, we had to adhere to a strict construction timetable and management plan, which allowed other contractors’ works to continue seamlessly and in parallel with our own works.
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Kings Square, Fremantle

Client: City of Fremantle

Description of Project: Onsite relocation of Plane Trees from the construction site of The Old Town Hall into Kings Square – located on the opposite side of the Town Hall.

Project insight:  Our responsibilities included the planning and preparation of the relocated trees, 12 months in advance of the actual site works commencing. We then worked alongside the contracting companies during the demolition process to ensure the safe and timely transplanting of a set of six trees into Kings Square. Relocating these six trees helped ensure that their presence remained inherent in the landscape and their amenity value was utilised as an integral design element in the new redevelopment.

Project Challenges:

  • Undertaking a majority of our work during what was a complex demolition process.
  • Ensuring that all timings were spot on meant precise communication and logistical planning in collaboration with the main contractors.
  • The removal of asbestos from the site often meant working in a restrictive and sensitive environment, alongside architectural structures and general public thoroughfare.
  • Managing a safe logistical operation was paramount, particularly given that cranage and handling operations were complex and needed absolute precision whilst lifting trees over heritage buildings, using multiple specialised transplanting equipment.  
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Fred Jacoby Park, Mundaring

Client: Brookfield Multiplex / Water Corporation

Description of Project: The installation of a one kilometre long below ground pipe line that was connecting the water treatment plant to the Kalgoorlie pipe line required us to survey and provide arboricultural advice on the tree population that were likely to be impacted.

Project Insight: The advice we provided included the establishment of tree protection zones, identifying tree preservation requirements, providing tree specific root zone and canopy management specifications and a tree management plan. We also considered the protection of foraging sites and breeding areas for native Cockatoo’s as an important aspect that demanded high levels of compliance to Federal Environmental Legislation and high standards of co-operation between the Water Corporation, the Arbor Centre and Brookfield Multiplex.

Project Commencement/Completion: July 2012 - Current
Location: Fred Jacoby Park, Mundaring

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University of Western Australia: Fig

Client: UWA

Description of Project: University of Western Australia (UWA) requested our advice regarding health, vigour and structure of the mature Ficus microcarpa var. hillii (Hills Fig) amid concerns relating to the construction and development of the CO2 building located within the grounds of the Crawley campus.

Project Insight: The Arbor Centre undertook numerous innovative Arboricultural based preservation, protection and remedial work prior to and during the construction and development of the CO2 building. 

Project Challenges: Challenges regarding the lack of space within the site created issues surrounding storage of debris, building materials, waste materials etc. On numerous occasions, the specified Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) was utilised as areas for storage. Interestingly, the Australian Standards actually allow for this under correct management. 

Project Date: July 2014 (Tree Protection during construction)
Species: Ficus microcarpa var. hillii

Perth CBD: QV1

Client: Built.

Description of Project: QV.1 is a 40-storey modernist skyscraper in Perth, Western Australia. Completed in 1991, the 163-metre building is the fourth-tallest building in Perth.

Project Insight: The client requirement was to install a mature tree into a confined commercial environment for the purposes of introducing an improved aesthetic landscape. By introducing a mature tree, we were able to add 'scale' into the immediate space. The operation of transplanting was complex and utilised a large crane and heavy logistical equipment and vehicles. In turn, this meant the coordination of road closures, weekend working and other safety considerations.

Installation date: 30th October 2017
Tree Species: Delonix regia


Historic Cloisters Fig

Client: ProBuild

Description of Project: Cloisters on Hay is a unique heritage landmark located in Perth’s CBD located between Hay Street and St Georges Terrace. The site contains a Fig tree which was originally planted back in 1887 by a tenant of the Cloisters.

Project Insight: The focus of the project was to ensure the protection of this large fig tree with an amenity value of $2m. Our role was to advise the construction project team during the design and planning stages, assist in the development of the specification across the entire project and introduce a monitoring, aftercare and maintenance programme. 

Project Timeframe: 2012-2015
Tree Species: Jackson Fig Tree