Plan E are proud to be working with the Shire of Katanning on the design and implementation of the 5 million dollar Katanning Welcome Precinct.
This exciting project will provide a premier community gathering and recreational space within the Shire for local residents and the greater southern region. Along with enhanced passive recreation and play facilities including skate park upgrade, the project is focused around the refurbishment of the iconic giant play equipment constructed in the 1980’s.
To best demonstrate the scope and scale of the project, we were commissioned to complete a realistic 3D fly through representation of the concept which is a great demonstration of how our 3D modelling capabilities can bring our Client’s projects to life.
The Hales estate name is inspired by Charles Hale, “who settled in the area in 1902 and planted crops amongst the native forest bushland” (quote from Wikipedia). The Forrestfield area has a history in fruit production and tree cultivation, which has provided the inspiration for the estate logo, which loosely resembles one of the upright Ornamental Pear varieties. This heritage has also provided the inspiration for the street tree master plan for the estate, which features culturally relevant exotic trees (Ornamental Pears and Liquidambers) and native trees (Eucalypts).
PLAN E designed the public art as an abstract form of the estate logo, in autumnal colours to ensure it was visible amongst the existing avenue of mature eucalypts. The artwork comprises a series of vertical steel totems positioned so that when viewed from a particular vantage point align to resemble the estate logo. Viewed from other positions, they are a series of individual sculptural totems.
The concept is to reflect the maritime history of Busselton, the ship represents the clipper ships that transported goods and people from Busselton Jetty.
We have based the ship on a typical clipper in proportion & form, incorporating small details like deck and mast arrangement, portholes and a bowsprit.
The ship has been positioned so that its leaving land and heading out to sea, facing north to Perth with a small jetty to the stern. This is accentuated by putting the ship on a lean toward the beach so that the ocean will be visible from the deck of the ship and the positioning of a wave deck at the bow.
A wide range of play activities have been included, large climbing net, crows nest, ships wheel, telescope, cannon, anchor seat, packing crate climbing boxes and climbing nets to provide multiple access points.
The middle section of the ship has been opened up to allow access and visual connection to and through the under deck areas. The Wave deck allows easy access onto the ships deck via the foredeck which has a small flat section.