Case Studies Hydrocell

Case Study 14

Flemington Car Park
  • A trial of Hydrocell used at 30% by volume mixed in to the top 100mm of a sandy loam soil was done in a 1000m2 area.
    The Hydrocell treated area was compared to a control that had twice the amount of irrigation from the starting date.
    May 2005 Bulka Bags of Hydrocell were spread out, drench with water and the Hydrocell raked over the top soil. 1 Bulka Bag covered 33 m2 area to get 30% by volume of Hydrocell to the top 100mm depth.
    The Hydrocell was then rotovated in to the top 100mm of the sandy loam soil with 1 pass of the rotary hoe.
    1 month after Grass seed was broadcasted over the control ( left) and Hydrocell treated (right). The strike rate for seed germination was significantly different and the control had to be over sown again. (NB: The Hydrocell treated area had half the amount of water.)
    After the Spring Carnaval season, both areas looked similar after recovery the only difference was only half the water was used for the Hydrocell treated strip.
    June 2006 comparison shows the Hydrocell treated area looking more vibrant and healthier due to the Hydrocell effects. Still only half the water is being used for the Hydrocell treated area.

Case Study 13

Dockland Hills
  • In 2003 Vic urban trialled Hydrocell fro Establishing turf in an openspace area at Dockland park in Melbourne’s Docklands area.
    The Docklands Park Site used 120mm of sandy loam top soil over a clay soil base. The area’s treated with Hydrocell are the 2 man made hills but the flat areas were left as controls.
    The Hills had 2 cm of Hydrocell spread over and rotary hoed in to the top 75 - 100mm depth. While the flat areas were left as controls.

Case Study 12

Dennis Family’s Manor Lakes
  • In 2006 The Dennis Family Developments at Manor Lakes built 2 wetland parks.
    Hydrocell was used for Advanced Tree plantings and Garden Beds establishments.

Case Study 11

Stockland's Hawkstowe Park - Hydrocell
  • Stocklands developed Hawkstowe Park’s entrance statement and stage 1 streetscapes on Plenty Rd, South Morang, Whittlesea, Melbourne, Vic.
    The Landscape Architects were Edaw Gillespie.
    The contractors mixed on site, with an imported top soil, Pre wet Hydrocell to 20% by volume using an excavator. This top soil / Hydrocell blend was used for all the Advanced tree plantings, turf establishment and garden beds establishment. The results make the development stand out from the rest along Plenty Rd.

Case Study 8

Hydrocell 40% watersavings - We have observed a 40% reduction in water consumption....

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Before and After

Case Study 1
Green roof - Brewery Wharf Leeds UK - Hydrocell - Fytocell
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    Roof garden Brewery Wharf Leeds UK (in UK as Fytocell®).
    download Case Brewery Wharf

Case Study 2
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    In 2004 Multiplex built Freshwater Place Residential Tower. On level 10 above the car park area is 1600 m2 roof garden. The Landscape Architect is Laurence Blyton from LBA. The profile under the turf is 350 mm thick.
    Img 0635 shows the pouring on site of the Hydrocell® RG30 sub top soil layer. Our equipment is all portable to site. Also seen is the Hydrocell®-40 Podium soil mix stockpiled ready to spread over the Hydrocell® RG30 100 mm thick layer.

Case Study 3
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    Condor Tower was built in 2005 the Architects were the Tract team managed by Melissa Dunlop.
    720 m2 of turf on the 4th floor over looking Docklands. Turf grown in only a 175 mm thick profile (from concrete slab to top).
    The profile has 25 mm Fytonop drain layer, Geofabric 2 mm, Hydrocell RG30 sub topsoil layer 60 mm, Hydrocell®-40 Podium soil mix 88 mm.
    The combination of Hydrocell RG30 and Hydrocell®-40 podium soil mix makes this possible by enabling a larger volume available for root growth compared to using just sand as a sub top soil layer.

Case Study 4
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    RACV Building built in 2005 has a number of planter boxes on the ground floor and second floor podium.

Case Study 5
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    In 2005 Suncorp renovated the Planter Boxes on the roof play area at “Kids on Collins” Child care Centre.
    The Planter Boxes were 400 mm deep with a range of established plants.
    The play area and the planter boxes are all child friendly, nestled deep in the heart of the CBD.

Case Study 6
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Case Study 6
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    Greenscape, Icopal, MOHO.

Case Study 7
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    Greenscape, Icopal, Doncaster Marina

Case Study 8
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    Water restrictions are in force in most of our capital cities. One of the buildings most affected by restrictions has been the Kings Row complex, with its expansive gardens, on the outskirts of the Brisbane CBD.
    To comply with restrictions and yet maintain the appeal of the gardens we identified a water-storing product called Hydrocell which was injected into the soil under the grass and plants. The product has dramatically reduced water consumption by capturing moisture in the soil after rain.
    We have observed a 40% reduction in water consumption (9.45 million litres) at the complex in the 12 months following the implementation of Hydrocell as illustrated by the following graph. Given the success at Kings Row, we have since rolled the initiative out to three more sites.
    Download; Hydrocell 40% watersavings

Case Study 9
  • Hydrocell, Fytocell®
    Brewery Wharf, Leeds Located on the River Aire in central Leeds, this 326 apartment residential scheme by Robinson Design Group incorporates a 2,500 square metre Icopal green roof. The roof system to the front of the development is situated at ground level with the car park underneath. The garden forms a communal leisure space for residents. The roof garden itself comprises an Icopal high performance Rootbar capsheet with an Icopal Fytonop 20 drainage board, and an Icopal filter fleece. This is topped with a lightweight soil mix comprising 30 per cent sandy loam, 30 per cent peat free compost and 40 per cent Fytocell flakes. St John's School, Marlborough Intended to unify a split school onto a single retained site, Format Milton Architects' low impact design is intended to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent from that of the two current sites. The school is conceived as an extension of the hill top. The grass roof follows the curvature of the site, giving the impression that the landscape has been gently raised to accommodate the school below. The design also makes use of recycled materials, high levels of insulation and photovoltaic roof glazing. Brewery Warf - Roof garden - lightweight Hydrocell,Fytocell

Case Study 10
  • Hydrocell, Fytocell®
    Banque Générale du Luxembourg The headquarters of Banque Générale du Luxembourg is situated on Boulevard JF Kennedy in the north-eastern Kirchberg quarter of Luxembourg. The bank had previously been operating from a number of disparate buildings located around the city centre. The new 300,000 square metre project, designed by local architect Bohler, unites more than 1500 employees in a purpose-built facility on a generous five hectare site. Stepped terraces planted with extensive green roofs are used throughout the design for both aesthetic and performance benefits. First, they break down the massing of the building, while also creating a dialogue with the immediate context - a series of gardens designed by Belgian landscape architect Jacques Wirtz. Second, they form a visual counterpoint to the building's strong geometric forms and hard surfaces. Third, they contribute to the scheme's environmental credentials by increasing thermal performance, improving local air quality and helping to control rain water run-off into surface drainage systems. The Ruberoid system used on the project is an extensive green roof constructed from low-maintenance plants such as sedums, grasses and indigenous herbs. Sedum blankets are supplied with five (standard) varieties of sedum plant already grown on to a hydroscopic root retention layer. The varieties are selected to provide colour and interest throughout the year. The roof build-up consists of 25mm thick sedum blankets (including root zone but excluding vertical sedum growth) laid on a Ruberoid growing substrate. Designed to balance the requirements of plant sustenance and water retention, the substrate is formulated from a mixture of sandy loam, peat-free compost and Fytocell flakes. Beneath this is a geo-textile filter (Plasfeed 25) which is thermally bonded to a perforated cuspated HDPE (high density polyethylene) core. The core is perforated to allow excess rainwater to flow beneath the Plasfeed 25 and away to the outlets. Under the filter is a mastic asphalt waterproofing layer, then the roof insulation, followed by a vapour control layer, and finally the concrete roof deck. The Ruberoid system can also be specified with other waterproofing systems - bituminous roofing, polymeric single-ply and hot-melt monolithic membranes. The headquarters of Banque Générale du Luxembourg