Growing Australian Urban Cities Green

A new era of ‘Growing Australian Urban Cities Green’ is here following the announcement of Marcus Constructions’ partnership with Urban Canopee

Aesthetically beautiful, Urban Canopees are modular sculptural furniture structures designed to bring cooler, shadier and more resilient cityscapes.

“Australian cities can expect to see local urban areas sprouting to life, with exquisite modern green plant canopy shade sculptures.  We couldn’t think of a better innovation to decorate our local cityscapes! Not only do the green canopies bring needed shade to hot, built-up civil landscapes, they also help to combat air pollution and attract biodiversity”

Whatsmore, these beautiful modern structures provide the perfect touch of light and ambient magic to city streets, bringing more art to the streets and illuminating the unique nightlife culture our country is renowned for.
– Chris Tsakmakis – Owner, Marcus Constructions

Each Urban Canopee is supplied as a solution package, including:

– Composite structure.
– Steel pot assembly.
– Site installation.
– Climbing plants.
– Suitable substrate for location.
– Sensopee irritation box.
– Solar panel and battery kit.
– Install site engineering calculations.

Available in a variety of heights and crown widths, Urban Canopee’s innovative, environmentally responsible and freestanding Green Funnels are the ideal for urban parks, open public spaces, pedestrian areas, corporate offices, universities and schools. 

 Further to the announcement,  of new and exciting Canopee range, Marcus Constructions will also be supporting new and existing Australian customers through their bespoke Urban Canopee client maintenance program.

Through this partnership, Marcus Constructions is excited to inject their passion for constructing tangible, memorable Australian cityscapes through an ongoing commitment to enhancing civil landscaping architecture, climate biodiversity and sustainable, climate-resilient solutions.

 “We are delighted to partner with Urban Canopee …Welcoming Urban to the team is a great opportunity for us to provide a more multi-faceted experience to our customers. Our ability to source, install and maintain bespoke, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing solutions means that we can nurture projects with a local understanding and a proven ability to help achieve long term civil landscaping project objectives.

 About Urban Canopee

 “At Urban Canopee, we are committed to building cooler, more resilient and more environmentally sustainable cities. We aim to cover the city’s landscape with a modular, reversible, natural and light-weight vegetation mesh.

 Our technologies adapt to every urban context by providing a rapid and easily implemented alternative to complement existing green spaces. We develop low-carbon, energy and water-efficient solutions to combat the effects of climate change.

We are committed to devoting our skills, know-how and energy to climate resilience. As of today, we are taking action to pass on more liveable and breathable cities to future generations.”

 For more information on the suitability of the Urban Canopee range for your civil landscaping project, click here.

Welcoming Richter Spielgeräte as Australian Partner in Play

A new era of play has arrived at Marcus Constructions, following the announcement of an exclusive Australian partnership with German playground specialists Richter Spielgeräte.

Through this partnership, it is hoped that Australian park visitors will be seeing many more unique and wonderful play playgrounds adorning parklands across the country. Richter Spielgeräte’s strong focus on safety, stability, environmental friendliness, play value and sustainably sourced wood makes their playscape equipment perfect for cultivating memorable local experiences.

Civil project architects, town planners, aged care planners and educational institutions can expect to hear from Marcus Construction over the coming weeks. Not only will they be introducing the new and extraordinary playscape offerings, but they will also be supporting existing Australian customers with their world-first Richter Spielgeräte Play-Maintenance Program.

Marcus Constructions is confident that this partnership will allow them to inject their passion for constructing tangible, memorable spaces for all ages into what Richter Spielgeräte term the ‘play world’ experience.

 The Perfect Fit

As long-standing affiliates, Marcus Constructions have been named the primary agent for sourcing and installing the full range of Richter Spielgeräte timber play equipment in playscapes across Australia.

And, while it may be news to some, the team at Marcus have in-fact been safely constructing and installing Richter equipment since it first reached Australian shores, making them the perfect fit for the job.

“The team and I are incredibly excited to welcome Richter to Marcus Constructions’ family. As a locally owned, family operated business, we share the brand’s passion for consistently delivering quality craftsmanship and personalised service.”

“…Welcoming Richter to the team is a great opportunity for us to provide a more multi-faceted experience for our customers. Our ability to source, install and maintain bespoke play equipment means we can nurture projects with an acute understanding of the building site, install and maintenance needs from the beginning, to end and beyond.”

– Chris Tsakmakis – Owner, Marcus Constructions

About Richter Spielgeräte 

Founded in 1967, Richter Spielgeräte stemmed from Hilde Richter’s early fascination with re-purposing wooden materials into children’s play equipment – a market which, until some 50 years ago, was solely dominated by lifeless steel-structures.

Julian Richter (son of Hilde) created the first prototypes of her sketches in 1967 and has since developed almost 1,000 wooden designs inspired by this period: including tractors, playing houses, building sites and their famous Richter snail. “The snail not only stands for the like-named play character but, with its slow pace, friendly character and down-to-earth approach, it also symbolises the Richter company philosophy.”

“Hilde Richter was not only successful in changing the way communities think – above all; she was able to pass on her vision of making the world a little bit better for children to her son and her grandson, who today runs the company. The Richter’s don’t simply build playgrounds; they create play worlds. A deep awareness of social and educational issues forms the basis for the family’s heartfelt understanding of children.”

Learn more about our Richter Spielgeräte range here.

Helping to deliver RMIT, New Academic Street – Melbourne

The Marcus Construction team were extremely proud to be part of the award-winning RMIT University New Academic Street (NAS) precinct build, which is at the cutting edge of tertiary education design. The project transformed the University’s historic central business district buildings into stunning modern learning facilities and beautiful recreational areas for RMIT students and its faculties.

“The seamlessly integrated design provides an ideal outdoor area for the tertiary students to be inspired by their surroundings.” – Chris Tsakmakis, Owner of Marcus Constructions Pty Ltd.

The rooftop area was designed to provide the RMIT community with a space in which they can learn and collaborate. The addition of numerous fabricated timber and steel elements offer break out spaces for users to freely work or socialise within the landscaped area.

Marcus Construction worked in collaboration with multiple firms to successfully deliver the new precinct. Throughout the five months of construction, the team assisted in the refurbishment of RMIT Buildings 8-12, Casey and Gillespie rooftops and Bowen Street which included:

– Structural steel decking with artificial turf installation
– Softscaping garden beds and tree planting
– Hardscape concreting and paving
– Management and consultations of screw piling and board piling

The NAS building won numerous awards including the prestigious Victorian Architecture Medal alongside various top prizes in Design and Educational Architecture award categories.

Collaborating Partners:
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Lyons Architects
Lend Lease
T.C.L Landscape Architects
Maddison Architects
Harrison and White Architects
NMBW Architecture Studio
MVS Architects

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Playscapes that inspire. Maritime Cove Community Park – Port Melbourne

Marcus Construction has enjoyed continually working alongside J&H Price in both the construction and maintenance of the Maritime Cove Community Park in Perc White Reserve in Port Melbourne.

“This is a playscape where children and their elders can let their imaginations run wild.” – Tristan Filippone, Project Manager, Marcus Constructions.

Throughout the three month project, Marcus Constructions utilised multiple trades to help bring the maritime-themed park to life. The team installed world renowned Richter Spielgeräte play equipment which included wooden bridges, poles and rope structures. The yellow steel marine buoys, re-purposed channel markers and statement silver slide provide a respectful reference to the maritime history of the area that both kids and adults can appreciate.

The Marcus team also installed several steel and timber boardwalks throughout the area.

And if tackling the playground isn’t your style, the park also boasts an area complete with workout equipment for exercise-lovers to enjoy.

With stunning views of the Webb Dock and Melbourne CBD surrounds, the Maritime Cove Community Park is a must see for all ages in South East Melbourne.

Collaborating Partners:
J & H Price
City of Port Phillip
Lifesaving Victoria

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Seamless landscaping at Monash University, Queens Ave – Caulfield

The Queens Avenue structure has transformed the arterial campus road at Monash University Caulfield into a pedestrian thoroughfare that melds perfectly within its environment.

Completed in 2018 by Marcus Constructions, the Queens Avenue boardwalk “transforms an existing road into a social and dynamic space through its connection to a series of activity areas such as cafes, outdoor workshops and retail outlets.” – TCL Architects

The installation’s structured steel archway and timber boardwalk design work together to complement both the organic parklands and modern university buildings that surround. The large boardwalk installation also gives students and faculty members a pleasant place to study and socialise outdoors year-round.

Marcus Constructions are proud to have worked collaboratively with Glas Landscape Architects, ACE Contractors and J&H Price to deliver the refurbishment of Queens Avenue to the Monash Caulfield campus.

Throughout the four months of construction, Marcus assisted with the installation of:

– Structural steel and timber decking
– Architectural steelworks
– Retaining wall
– Custom gas enclosure fabrication and installation

Not surprisingly, the grand Monash structure received the AILA Victoria Landscape Architecture award in the Civil Landscaping category last year as a part of Open House Victoria.

Collaborating Partners:
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Glas Landscape Architects
TCL Architects
ACE Contractors
J&H Price

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