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New Production Nursery

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The Australian National Botanic Gardens is a major national institution located on the lower slopes of Black Mountain close to the centre of Canberra. Heritage listed and environmentally sensitive, the 90 hectare native garden is open to the public throughout the year. The Gardens are a popular destination for international, interstate and local visitors. It maintains an important scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia for public display and for research.

Managers, architects and engineers from Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd have designed a new $4.0 million high tech production nursery for the ANBG. The project includes innovative plant-growing technology, labor saving mechanized materials handling and an environmentally responsible wastewater collection and re-use system. The new nursery facility implements the ANBG master planning philosophy of relocating its various operational and support facilities away from central public areas to convenient fringe locations. The new nursery is accessible both from within the Gardens and externally from Frith Street.


GHD's consultancy included the provision of project management, architectural, engineering and environmental services. Consultancy tasks included:

Project Details

Details of the project, which was implemented in two stages, are as follows:

Stage 1
The construction of facilities necessary to allow access to the selected new nursery site including:

Stage 2
The construction of the new nursery facility including:


Key innovative, technical and environmental features of the project are:

Updated 18 June, 2004 , webmaster, ANBG (anbg-info@anbg.gov.au)