Glascott Landscape & Civil was awarded the construction of a traditional Chinese garden in Canberra.

Developed by the Beijing Historic Relic Construction Company, the Chinese garden was a gift from sister city Beijing to commemorate Canberra’s centenary year celebrations in 2013. The building of the garden was commenced in May this year.

Being built on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the Lennox Gardens, the Canberra Chinese Garden is located across the Lake from the National Museum of Australia and right next to Nara Park, which houses Canberra’s Japanese Gardens and the Jewish monument.

The Glascott team is not only managing the construction of the garden but is also overseeing a team of 30 Chinese artisans who were flown in to help build the structures, paving and rock gardens as well as install the sculptures and furniture.

Mr Bill Carter, Glascott Landscape & Civil Project Manager said that they looked forward to seeing the end result of their combined efforts.

Spread over an area of approximately 5,000 square metres, the new Chinese garden will feature meandering paths for visitors to view the Chinese stone sculptures while a Chinese pavilion will offer a space for quiet reflection with an expansive view across the lake. Traditional glazed and decorated tiles and panels are being used to maintain an authentic look. Existing facilities such as wheelchair access and better bike path access are also being improved in the garden.

The Canberra Chinese Garden is due to open in October this year, and will not only be a symbol of the strong ties between the two cities, but also provide a beautiful and cultural outdoor space for the people of Canberra.