Remembrance Drive Interchange


Remembrance Drive Interchange

LocationBallarat, VIC
ClientVIC Roads
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area40,000 sqm
Budget$5.6 million
Date2011 - 2015

The Remembrance Drive Interchange project adopts a landscape infrastructural approach to an engineering challenge. OCULUS led the design of the Remembrance drive interchange in close collaboration with VicRoads from the commencement of the project, with an ambitious design brief for this highly significant piece of infrastructure.

The Jim Stynes Bridge will have a strong visual presence along the river and will play an essential role in the animation of the Yarra and the Northbank of the city through its physical, visual, and programmatic integration.

The project vision was to maintain the integrity and heritage values of Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour, implementing a road alignment adopted in 2010 that ensures road function and safety, is user friendly, with no net loss of trees; enabling missing trees to be replaced and better aligned laterally and longitudinally in accordance with the Avenue of Honour Urban Design Guidelines and Management Strategy Plan.

This highly collaborative project delivered social, economic and environmental benefits including: an overpass reconnecting Ballarat’s historic Avenue of Honour a living memorial maintaining and enhancing its heritage values; cycle lanes encouraging active transport; a place based approach operating at an intimate pedestrian scale and an infrastructural scale enabling visitation and commemoration; lifting the road to enable the replacement of senescent trees and the re-planting of missing trees; a native wildflower meadow incorporating 28,000 plants referencing the Flanders fields - improving biodiversity, creating habitat and pollinator planting; the integration of structural soils, passive irrigation and improved ground permeability; the use of noise absorbing asphalt to heighten driver awareness at high speed; custom barriers acknowledging the people of Ballarat’s involvement in World War I and those who died, the creation of a new gateway to the City of Ballarat, the reclamation of site sourced timber used in furniture and inscribed with commemorative messages, and the reuse of large site sourced rocks. This project was also catalytic, helping to leverage government support for the reopening of a rail crossing reuniting the final forgotten section of the Avenue.

The project was designed between 2011 and 2015 and opened in time for the 2015 Anzac Centenary part of ‘’The Spirit Lives 2014 – 2018 100 years of Anzac initiative.

Image Credit: John Gollings