Ratio’s urban design team evaluated the existing spaces and proposed a redesign of the layout, landscaping, and structures within the gardens.
The gardens need to suit a variety of needs within a cohesive environment. Key elements such canopy cover, species diversity, potential WSUD design, successional planting, cultural considerations, and user delight were considered in the design.
No visible connections are evident to the nearby lush or sweeping floodplains of the Tambo River. Vehicle traffic circulation has turned the gardens into an island in the middle of the town, with few connections to nearby stores and cafes.
The existing Bruthen gardens were unable to accommodate DDA compliance and the variety of desired uses, especially during peak visitor periods such as during the summer holidays and Bruthen Blues Festival.