The Burnley Living Roofs at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus is a world-class research and teaching facility – and the first of its kind in Australia. The University has established the facility to demonstrate to the wider community how green transformations can be achieved in our cities, aspiring to lead through example.
Three green roofs were installed; the first, a demonstration roof with structural elements and differing depths of media. One half is irrigated and the other is not. The second green roof, is a trial area comprising four identical test beds and the third, is a natural roof with endemic plant species and a created wetland.
Junglefy provided full technical design to bring landscape architect, Hassell’s, concept to life. All structural elements (decks, planters, steel grating and curved edging) were designed to be modular so that they could be built on the ground and then installed on the roof. The structural elements were fabricated in Sydney, transported to Melbourne, and then reassembled on site. This methodology was chosen to meet the noise limitations on site. The plants were installed by the University. The planter boxes required special attention to provide a seamless painted finish to a large surface area of sheet steel.
Due to restricted working hours, the hard elements (decking and garden beds) were pre-fabricated in Sydney and installed on site in modular format.