Grant has particular interest and expertise in the design of roads/streetscapes and carparks.
Working alongside Engineers and Traffic planners he is able to prepare creative and practical solutions that meet transport requirements whilst delivering positive outcomes for corridor aesthetics and the environment.
While working for the Christchurch City Council he worked on many roading projects, particularly associated with neighbourhood improvement schemes such as those for Sumner, Ely Street, Avon Loop, Richmond, Merivale and Philipstown. These projects identified ‘physical’ boundaries with a community of interest. They helped to re-direct traffic and reinvigorate streetscapes.
Design concepts to inform the community adopting the ‘Liveable Street’ philosophy in projects such as Jellicoe Street, Kinsey Terrace, Creyke Road, Woodville Street. A key focus on working within existing geometry to improve amenity value and plant more trees.
For roads, carparks, cycleways pathways and sustainable stormwater management solutions such as vegetated swales and rain gardens. Projects include QEII Park, Brookside Park, Gore Bay Subdivision, Hills Road Subdivision.
Concepts proposals for improvements such as the Ashburton Town Centre and Rangiora Main Street pre-earthquake. Grant has designed many street tree enhancement projects such as Blackett Street Rangiora.
Occasionally the opportunity exists to introduce landscape elements that add amenity value in streets such as the ‘frangible’ steel obelisks for a roundabout in Hamilton Avenue or the street entry areas proposed for Waimakariri Council.
Regional Project Coordinator liaising with Transit NZ, NZ Rail and Councils. Designs were prepared by several landscape architects with implementation carried out in association with local communities from Kaikoura to Waitaki.
This often involves public consultation to assess impacts on communities and the environment with measures such as planting and earthworks or route selection processes being used to mitigate effects.
The RMA Act provides direction as to the requirements for assessment of effects of major roading projects and the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects provide guidelines for the landscape assessment process.