Acton Waterfront Lake Beach

A new sand beach and active travel network for central Canberra, better connecting people to the water.

Acton, ACT
Chin Civil, for the ACT Government - City Renewal Authority
2020 – 2023
Key services
Landscape Architecture
Project type
Community Infrastructure
Parks and Gardens

Engaged by the City Renewal Authority, Place Logic was engaged to provide landscape architectural design services for the Acton Waterfront Lake Beach project. The design's focus is to physically connect the city to the water, enabling a variety of activities for different user groups.

The beach acts as a terminus to the new West Basin boardwalk and maintains a consistent material palette with these concurrent works, connecting seamlessly into active travel routes between the City and ANU (Australian National University).

The landscape upgrades introduce more public furniture, pathway lighting, and a lawn area for informal play, entertainment and quiet activities.

Our landscape team iteratively coordinated the design with contractor and engineering inputs, and with feedback from the NCA (National Capital Authority), and stakeholder groups such as Triathlon Australia.

Transitional levels and materials interfaces between water, sand, hard paths, and planted areas, including landscape treatment to varying speeds of pedestrian and cycling junctions, were honed from concept to construction.

We were able to retain 90% of the site's existing trees despite creation of a new beach and realignment of the path networks.

The design was developed through analysis of the lake's bathymetry contours, above and below-ground major services, detailed tree assessment information, and design documentation of concurrent lakeshore works.

The lake beach will play a role in the City Renewal Authority's vision of the Acton Waterfront as a "vibrant cultural and entertainment precinct on a waterfront promenade".

Videography/photography: Place Logic