Welcome to our latest Orchard Construction Update. It's been another period of sustained effort and the project team has been hard at work. The recently completed landscape reserve that runs through the north of the estate is a great place for exercising, relaxing, or just walking the dog and enjoying some fresh air, so make sure to check it out during lockdown!
In line with development best practice, Orchard follows an eight-phase construction process. As you might expect, building something from the ground up involves a great deal of coordination to ensure everything is in place before things like roads and homes can arise. This process allows key milestones to be ticked off in a way that makes for measurable, logical sense.
Let’s break down each phase, and take a look at what they consist of in a little more detail.
This primary phase involves Council and Authority acceptance of documentation – including engineering design – to confirm physical works may be allowed to commence at your site.
This is where the big machinery first rolls in and involves preparation of the site to achieve design lot levels including site scraping, shaping the existing ground, and construction of retaining walls if required.
The essential infrastructural underpinnings to ensure the health and wellbeing of the future community are laid down here, connecting every lot to the waste and water systems.
Here we see things really start to come together as the ground is prepared in order to lay down the lower layers of road pavement. Water and gas mains are also installed, and the kerb and channel – essentially the road guttering system – is put into place.
With kerb and channel works complete, in this phase trenches are dug for the running of electrical and telecommunications cabling and wiring, preparing the way for power, phones and the internet to be connected.
The ground goes through another round of preparation to enable the construction of footpaths, as well as for the topsoil of the community’s nature strips. Significantly, this phase also sees middle pavement layers constructed and roads take shape with the laying of asphalt!
Things have really moved along by this point. The Council and Service Authority perform final inspections before signing off on constructed works including roads and services. Final documentation is provided to Council, facilitating a Statement of Compliance for the development stage.
Have some champagne ready for this major milestone. This is the final step of the construction phase, where registration of individual lots from each stage occurs at the Titles Office, earmarking your block for settlement and opening it up for you to begin the building of your home.
We’ll make sure to keep everyone up to speed with how things are taking shape here in the Orchard community via this blog, and of course our Facebook page. You can also track the construction and title registration of your lot via Your Orchard, here you'll find all the information you need to oversee your build. Or, if you have any questions at all about how things are growing here in Orchard, you can give us a call on 1300 ORCHARD or get in touch via our contact page.