Founding Director of PHASE3, Matt Huxtable wins 40 under 40 award

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Following last week’s very deserving win for Matt Huxtable as one of 40 under 40 business professionals of the year, we thought it might be timely to share with you insights into Matts values, his contribution to the WA community, success factors and his business ethos.

“The biggest contributor to my SUCCESS is a continuing belief that the landscape industry can be more, and contribute more, than what it historically has. I’m proud of the industry in which I work and have built a business committed to leading by example.

Creating and CONTRIBUTING to better urban spaces for WA and making spaces in our State that are live-able has always been a key driver for me. Landscaping has evolved from garden’s around buildings - it is now about experiences and activation of spaces, especially in Perth which is growing rapidly and increasingly dense. Everything we do has a long-term outlook. We strive for our projects to be there forever. I work with my clients to think sustainably and to better understand the longer arc of their project’s legacy.

In twenty years in the industry I have made a lasting impact on the manner in which our industry operates in Western Australia – Along with my business partners, the VISION for PHASE3 Landscape Construction was to create a firm that is a progressive, dynamic, equal opportunity provider dedicated to creating spaces interconnecting clients and their environment. This is a reflection of my personal value set.

If I could offer one piece of business advice it would be….

Don’t offer the market a service. Offer them a service that’s different. Don’t tell them what you do. Tell them what you do that’s different.

Latest School Project - Ellenbrook Secondary College

The latest in a series of school projects completed by PHASE3, landscape works at Ellenbrook Secondary College on behalf of the EDUWEST JV are now complete.

The positive feedback received from the team has proven again that we are fast becoming Perth’s premier school specialist for landscape construction. 

Comprising over two and a half hectares of combined external hard-scape and soft-scape works worth over $1.6M, we'd like to congratulate our team on delivering another incident and hassle-free build and supporting Badge Perkins to deliver a great project.

Phase3 streetscaping at its best! Shoreline Estate.

It's been over a year since the completion of the streetscapes and parkland and we are proud to see it's thriving. Landcorp and the design team have created a beautiful coastal address, waiting to be enjoyed and explored by its new community.


PHASE3 Landscape Construction, in conjunction with Wormall Civil, were awarded the construction of the Cockburn Coast Stage 1 (Shoreline) project in North Coogee, working with landscape architects URBIS, Wood & Grieve Engineers and NS Projects to deliver the project for LandCorp.

Stage 1 involved extensive civil works and remediation of the site, culminating in high quality streetscapes and the creation of 1.6 hectares of public open space including a nature play area, shade structures, barbecue facilities, sporting and play equipment, bespoke furniture and public art.

The project was delivered to the highest quality, on programme and on budget.


PHASE3 was responsible for the construction of all works throughout the POS’s and Streetscapes including:


  • 8700+ sqm, reinforced exposed aggregate concrete paving
  • 2600+ sqm UrbanStone large format paving and edging.
  • Rock-salt texture in-situ concrete feature paving.
  • In-situ exposed aggregate concrete stairs, with granite nosing and UrbanStone tactile indicators.
  • Omni-grip sports surfacing with painted line-type artwork.
  • Interpretive feature granite laser-etched paving inlays.
  • Limestone boulder seating and limestone pitching.
  • Stabilised gravel paving and soft-fall surfaces.

Walls & Structures

  • Board-formed off-form concrete retaining and blade walls.
  • Limestone rubble clad block-work retaining and feature walls. • Fabrication & installation of custom curved gabion retaining and feature walls.
  • Custom board-formed off-form concrete & steel shade structures, including Pic-Perf interpretive steel screens and board-formed concrete and timber seating.

PHASE3 in-house Fabrication & Installation

  • Custom stainless steel handrails.
  • Steel-framed timber decking.
  • Recycled timber sleeper seating.

For more information please contact Phase3. 

Phase3 joint winners at the recent UDIA awards!

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WGV at White Gum Valley is a project that not only showcases current best practice but is pushing the boundaries and exploring new possibilities for urban water management.

WGV demonstrates a holistic approach to water management, incorporating water sensitive design in storm water management, delivering water for garden irrigation from a community bore and encouraging water conservation in every building. WGV is the subject of a comprehensive research program that will assess the innovations being developed. The urban development industry will build on the research and innovation to further advance urban water management in our towns and cities.

Congratulations to the WGV at White Gum Valley team.


Phase3 undertook all the landscape construction works for the estate as well as the GEN Y demonstration house within the estate. We currently responsible for maintaining the estate gardens. We are very pleased to be recognised for our work in this a project. Many thanks too to Josh Byrne & Associates, Landcorp and UDIA.

If you would like to view our work, please feel free to visit the project. Click here to view the map.

Proud Sponsers of Perths Special Children's Christmas Party.

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Phase Three has been very proud supporters of this worthy event for many years.

"The Goal is simple: To give these brave kids a day to feel like the lucky ones for a change."

This has become an annual event made possible by the WA business community that provides magical Christmas memories for WA's bravest families.

Highlights from the 2016 Party.

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air, and nowhere more apparent than in the gardens and parks of Perth and throughout the State.


Last weekend we took our kids out to York which was holding its annual festival. On the way we stopped in at York Olive Oil which had a beautiful display of everlasting daisies all out in colour with the swathes of whites, pinks and everything in between.

Incorporating everlastings in your garden can provide a real pleasure when they come out in full display. It is also a great way to get the kids involved, sowing them a few months before, watching and waiting to see them grow.

They are best planted in autumn in a nice open, sunny position. Ensure the soil is moist prior to planting .

They work best when planted on mass in larger garden beds. A drive through Kings Park at this time of year shows great examples of this. Everlastings appear often in their roundabouts and roadside gardens.

Perth Spring flowers

Kings Park Wildflower Festival winds up in the 30th September so there is still time to visit the park and participate.

Another gem of a spot in the Perth Hills is Araluen Botanic Park. I grew up in the hills of Perth and remember visiting the park many times with my mother who was a keen gardener. The park is renowned for its Tulip gardens which display from late August to Mid September.

Although the Tulip Festival is coming to a close, there is some kids workshops in the school holidays in the park. You can find more details at their website

Araluen Tulips

The garden maintenance debate

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What sort of garden would you prefer?

Would you prefer a garden that is full of plant life and diversity that requires hours on end of pruning, clearing and weeding to keep it in a maintained condition? Or a garden devoid of plant life, which requires little to no maintenance but as a result is hard and sterile?

We find the answer for most of our clients’ lies somewhere in between. Most of our clients’ lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, and often request gardens than are easy to maintain but also require some acts of ‘gardening’ which can provide a multitude of benefits.

Often a small amount of nurturing can both bring stress relief, enrichment and satisfaction. Children can also benefit from being involved with the garden and it is a great way for them to connect with nature.

Just a simple act of planting a plant, watering it every day and watching it grow can provide a huge benefit to developing a child’s connecting with nature and empowering a sensibility to nurture and be curious about the natural world.

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We thought we would share with you are few of our landscaping design tips which helps to reduce the maintenance load for our clients.

1) Narrow versus deep plantings beds

For obvious reasons the size of a garden bed will impact on the amount of garden to maintain but good species selection can minimize this. Generally it is helpful to provide a depth of garden at around 1m so you can layer planting to create depth and contract in foliage. Sometimes this is not appropriate such as in a small walled courtyard space, a narrow garden bed of around 300mm at the base of the wall can create a green transition which can go a long way in breaking up hard surfaces. One thing to consider in this case is the depth and size of the footing of the wall because often it will encroach into a lot of the adjacent garden and not provide any soil space for plants to grow. Again, correct species selection can assist in these situations.

2) Using pots and planters

Keeping the garden beds small and raised can make looking after them a lot easier and manageable. Another form of this is a vertical garden system were the planting tubs are smaller and stacked, they are great for tighter spaces.

3) Planting trees

Trees are often fairly low maintenance but care must be taken to ensure that they are appropriate to the space. Tree section is critical in a typical residential landscape. Evergreen trees can be more beneficial as the usually don’t drop many leaves but often this may not be desirable if they are on the north side of a house as they can block winter light into the home which can make a big difference for providing passive warmth in the colder months. Fully deciduous tree obviously shed a lot of leaves but there are many varieties which are only partially deciduous so sometimes a balance can be found.

4) Limit the number of plant species by using mass planting to your advantage

Limiting the number of plant species will help make your garden look more maintained.  Find shrubs or groundcovers you love and plant them in mass, repeat each mass group planting a few times so the landscape looks cohesive.  This creates a simple planting palette that looks serene and requires minimal upkeep.

5) Select the right plant for the right location

Planting a shrub that grows to 3m when you only want it to fill a 1m space is an example of the wrong plant in the wrong location and increases the amount of time you will spend pruning it to keep it the size you want.

6) Plant groundcovers and apply mulch

This mix will help reduce watering, suppress weed growth and reduce maintenance whilst requiring less watering.

7) Hire someone to do it for you! 

Phase3 Landscape Construction offers a full service residential landscaping and service to clients in the Perth area. If you are interested in using our services, please feel free to contact us now. 

Streetscaping at Cockburn Coast

"Stretching from South Beach to Port Coogee, Cockburn Coast Redevelopment Area will ultimately become home to some 12,000 people in 6,000 homes over 15 to 20 years, as the project develops.

The redevelopment will rejuvenate 98 hectares of under-used area and will be split in to three precincts, Robb Jetty, Hilltop/Emplacement and the Power Station, each with its own unique design and offering" Landcorp 2016.

Phase3 have just completed Stage 1 of streetscaping for the Cockburn Coast Redevelopment Area. Many thanks to

Phase3 cleans up at the LIAWA Awards of Excellence for 2016

We are delighted to announce that Phase3 Landscape Construction were awarded 5 industry landscaping award on Friday night. The LIAWA Awards of Excellence for 2016 were held at the Frasers State Reception Centre, Kings Park and were hosted by MCs Matt and Kim, of TV hit series Matt & Kim to the Rescue.

Phase3 Award Winning projects were

Winner - Designer – Residential – Up to 250sqm - Project Rule Street

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Winner - Designer – Residential – more than 500sqm - Project Irwin Street

Winner - Contractor – Residential – from $75,000 to $150,000 - Project Irwin Street

Landscaping Awards 2016


Winner, together with Arterial Design - Best Special Feature – Landscape Lighting - Project City of Melville War Memorial Wireless Hill

Landscaping Contractor Awards 2016

Finalist Award

Finalist - Designer – Residential – 250sqm to 500sqm - Project William Rd. 

Landscaping Awards Finalists 2016

Overall Winner - Designer/Residential

Overall Winner 2016 LIAWA


Many thanks to our in-house team of designers and landscapers. 2016 is turning out to be a great year for Phase3!

How to design beautiful 'garden rooms'

Residential landscaping

It's all about the space

Creating and manipulating space is a key part of successful landscape design, particularly with ever diminishing plot sizes and the need to create exterior spaces that can provide for all requirements of modern living, whether that be entertaining, family play or a quite place to relax and get away from it all.

Here are our 10 top tips for creating good beautiful garden rooms.

Get to know the site

Residential landscapers need to get a thorough understanding of a site (and how it works with regards to orientation, solar access, proximity to neighbours, privacy and noise) before they start on a project. 

Understand the needs of the user but also provide flexibility for change

The best landscapes are those that are adaptable and provide opportunity for multiple forms of use.

Balance the architectural and the organic

It is good to design spaces that form a balance between static architectural control and comfort with the wild and ever changing dynamic of the landscape.  

Add partitions to Create Separate Garden rooms

By adding partitions or vertical elements that divide space, you can create separate garden rooms. 

Although this effectively divides a larger space into smaller, it creates a feeling of a larger complete space by hiding and revealing these spaces when someone travels through the garden.

Often the dividing wall can have a degree of permeability whether it is through the material selection or with the inclusion of an opening to provide glimpses to spaces beyond which creates a feeling of 'wanting to discover what is around the corner'.

Provide a change in level

A level change can help to clearly define space in a landscape and enhance a sense of moving from one space to another.

Create spatial dimension that is appropriate for the intended use

Designing space in the landscape is no different to designing space within a home.  A room's function is greatly influenced by the distance between the walls that contain it. It is much the same for external 'garden rooms'. For example, a quiet space for sitting and reading a book will always feel more enticing when it's in a cozy, smaller space, at a 'human' scale and tucked away.

Select Similar materials to that of the Surrounding architecture 

Having materials that are common with the building creates a sense that the garden is a continuation of that architectural language and can continue a sense of moving through rooms.    

Vistas and views, seclusion and intimacy

Understanding foreground, middle ground and background in a landscape can help create openness and enclosure. A well placed ornament or feature that draws the eye to the back of a garden can exemplify the feeling of space and openness. In contrast, a lush vertical garden wall in a small space can create a feeling of enclosure.

Borrowed landscape is often overlooked in small gardens 

Utilizing neighbouring views, trees etc can add to your own garden ambience or greenery without having to plant your own and take up valuable space in a small garden. 

USE Large, dramatic foliage in small gardens

This helps to create a lush feeling within a small space, whilst also changing the scale of small area, helping it to feel larger.

It can also help to blur the garden boundary between one property and the next, making your space seem larger than it actually is.  Choose foliage and textural plants that are attractive year round, and do not require constant feeling and deadheading like most seasonal flowers do.  This will help ensure your garden doesn’t have an unattractive ‘dead spot’ during certain times of the year.

If you are thinking of re-designing your garden, please feel free to contact Phase3. 


P: +61 8 9337 6985
A: Unit 4, 11 Milson Place, O'Connor, Perth, WA, 6163

We have won another tender - The Wembley Sports Park Playground!

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Photo Credit Turner Design

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We are pleased to announce that the Town of Cambridge awarded Phase3 the contract for building and constructing a new picnic & playground area at the Wembley Athletics Centre.

We are delighted to be involved in another project that creates a fun place for kids to play. We have successfully built a number of ‘destination playgrounds’ around Perth and love seeing the transformative effect an adventure playground can have on the local and surrounding communities.

Andrew Rydings
Director, Phase3 Landscape Construction.


Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn

Kinkuna Park, Allara Estate Eglinton


For residential projects, please visit these page: Pools, Landscapes

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Exciting new job openings at Phase3 Landscape Construction!

Due to sustained strategic growth within our commercial operations, we have new openings for both Contracts Administrators and Project Managers. These are growth positions and we are will consider both junior and senior applicants of both roles.

WGV project is finished!

We have just finished WGV and it looks great! Facilities included public toilets, seating areas, BBQ and picnic areas. Great for families. 

WGV is WA's first One Planet Community. "It demonstrates the very best in modern, sustainable design and hope to create a community where it is easy and affordable for people to live in a way that makes smart use of the earth's resources" Landcorp.

Phase3 were involved in the construction of the public space in and around Sullivan Hall on the WGV Estate. The WGV estate has so far received two prestigious Planning Institute of Australia awards for excellence; Best Planning Ideas - Small Project (WA) and the Planning Minister's Award.

For more information on this project please visit this article by Josh Byrne. 

Venue address: Cnr Nannine & Stevens Street White Gum Valley.

For directions on how to get there please visit this Map. 

High spec plunge pool with clear window

Our latest Phase3 residential project was recently featured in The West's 'New Homes' lift-out. Thanks to reporter Maureen Eppen for her words below. 

'Working in an area of less than 40sqm, Phase3 Landscape Construction used a mix of recycled and new materials to create a striking plunge pool and outdoor living space in North Fremantle. Senior Designer Matt Gee said the brief was to improve functionality for the poorly configured backyard by introducing a plunge pool, pergola and outdoor seating area, combining elegant design and high-spec elements and rustic finishes. 

The focal point is the 2m x 2.2m, 1.2m-deep plunge pool and spa,  which is tiled in travertine and incorporates a clear front panel of 70mm perspex. An off-form floating staircase provides access to the pool, framed by custom steel and timber screens.

"Space for the pool was always going to be inherently tight, and a pool window was a key feature to visually enhance the pool and volume of water", Mr Gee said. 

Their client said it had been important that the landscaping work and pool complemented the mix of materials used for their original 1890's home, a two storey extension and a retained limestone barn structure.' 

If you are interested in starting a project with Phase3, please visit our "START YOUR PROJECT" page. 


Kinkuna Park Adventure Playground opens!

Photo credit: Lorraine, Buggy Buddys. Scroll down to watch video.

Photo credit: Lorraine, Buggy Buddys. Scroll down to watch video.

Announcing the opening of Kinkuna Park Adventure Playground, a project we have recently completed for Satterley at the new Allara Estate in Eglington

Included in the playground are mini sunken floor trampolines, rope bridges, balance ropes, climbing walls, and a basketball hoop. Emerge Associates have designed a playspace to suit all ages, even adults! BBQ facilities and automated toilets are included and only 20 minutes from Joondalup.

To see some great photo's of the playground please visit Buggy Buddys, a free online guide for familys.


Happy client, happy team.

We love clients who come back to us for residential landscaping projects! This client has engaged PHASE3 on 3 separate occasions now. This is they have said about us:

"Our first project was a big one. Matt Huxtable and Erika Borjklund handled the design whilst Andrew Rydings supervised the construction along with him team, Mick and Mitchell. They finished the job within the time frame and one that looked outstanding on completion. 

Our second project was at our Mandurah residence, under Ryan Healy using Simon Leahy to extend our existing outdoor area and making it an awesome space. The PHASE3 boys, Dan & Phil, did a great job on the garden design, making our backyard a very usable space.  

The last project, designed by Ryan Healy, where the brief was to turn our Applecross front yard into a maintenance free area, is just that, easy maintenance,  perfect!

I would not hesitate to recommend PHASE3 to anyone for all project sizes.

Many thanks,

Linda Christie. 

Phase3 wins White Gum Valley tender

We’re huge fans of sustainable design so are incredibly excited to have won the tender, in partnership with Josh Byrne and Associates, for LandCorp’s WGV Sustainable Living Residential Project! This new residential precinct will demonstrate how compact, sustainable design can be used to create attractive, affordable homes that incorporate environmental, energy and water saving initiatives. This will be WA’s first ‘One Planet Living’ community, and is based in White Gum Valley.

You can find more on this exciting new venture here:

For more information about this project and in particular the Gen Y Housing Project designed by architect David Barr please go to


The 5 best swimming pool shapes

The L-shaped Pool 

The L-shaped pool (and its many variations) is probably the most popular type of purpose built concrete swimming pool, as it offers the best of two worlds. It’s long enough to incorporate a lap pool but has the added width to accommodate a shallow area for the kids or a relaxation corner that overlooks the pool and garden.

 Your choice of edge treatments can further add to the variety of looks achievable with an L-shaped pool, as these two images depict. A flat concrete edge fits seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, while a defined edge lends itself to incorporating water features or feature walls. The beauty of choosing an L-shaped pool is that you can choose the configuration that best suits your space.  

Geometric Shaped Pool

Geometric shaped concrete swimming pools come in a variety of styles and can be designed to match the tone of your home. Whether your style is minimalist, contemporary, natural or freeform, there’s a geometric shaped pool to suit. Geometric pools can be designed to be built 1200mm above ground, which provides an opportunity to use the pool edge as a safety barrier, avoiding the need for a separate pool fence.

a) Classic Geometric

Modern in shape, the classic geometric pool fits with all styles of home, and transition easily with changes of pool surroundings. Minimalist, contemporary, natural and freeform styles can all be expressed around this pool shape.

 B) Wide Lap Pool

As the name suggests, a wide lap pool is ideal for exercise and fitness. A recreation area can be incorporated by including steps along the short edge, or a wide step along one side, as shown in this image. 


c) Plunge Pool

The plunge pool has had a huge rise in popularity in recent years. A modern twist on the geometric shape, the plunge pool tends to be smaller, deeper, and less high maintenance than a traditional concrete swimming pool. Because of its smaller size, choosing a plunge pool over a larger pool often allows a bit of extra budget to go towards finishes. Glass façades or pool ‘windows’, travertine or granite mosaic tiling, spa jets and water features are all popular additions to plunge pools.  

Freeform Shape Pool

Figure 8 and freeform concrete swimming pools combine organic shapes with retro modern styling. Evocative of a tropical oasis, the curved lines of a figure 8 pool allow for vegetation to be brought right up to the edges, creating a lush, natural environment. For families with younger children, the figure 8 shape is the shape that most clearly distinguishes the shallow end from the deep end. 

As you can see, there are a vast range of styles that can be achieved with a custom designed concrete swimming pool. Whatever your requirements, our designers can help you create a beautiful and functional pool that works best for your space.




Celebrating the Swimming Pool - An Australian icon at the Venice Biennale

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The humble swimming pool takes its place at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. 

We were thrilled to see that The Pool, an exhibition that explores the history of the swimming pool and its role in Australian society, has been chosen to represent Australia in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Especially inspiring was this quote, from the creators of the entry. 

‘Our landscape is made of both pools of necessity and pools of excess. Pools are an element of sport and survival, leisure and lifeblood, social spaces and places of quiet contemplation.’ 

Inspired by this celebration of an iconic part of the Australian lifestyle, we thought we’d share with you some of Phase 3’s design guidelines on how to create a swimming pool of perfect proportions.

Know your space

While north or east positioning ensures maximum sunlight, the size and shape of your space also plays a big part in designing a swimming pool that works for you. Bigger isn’t always better – it’s important to have a pool that complements your space, not dominates it. Take plunge pools – their size, versatility and ability to suit a variety of budgets has seen them become a popular alternative to traditional swimming pools. And as an added bonus, they can make you feel like you’re on a tropical holiday in a luxury villa! A custom concrete pool is another great option that allows you the flexibility to create something specifically tailored to the space you have. 

Set the Scene 

Your outdoor living space is so much more than just a swimming pool – it’s an extension of your home and a reflection of your personal style. A well designed outdoor space creates a seamless flow from your house to your pool, using materials and textures that generate harmony between inside and out. Traditional styles of pool fencing have taken a back seat to more modern, visually appealing options, which can transform your space while still adhering to Australian safety standards. Bamboo, plants and other natural elements can be used to perfectly frame your pool and create a beautiful and natural setting.   

Make it Your Own 

What does your swimming pool mean to you? Is it your retreat – somewhere to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day? Is it a place to entertain friends while you cook them a beautiful meal in your outdoor kitchen? Or a space to play and connect with family? Whatever it means to you, there are countless ways to customise your swimming pool and surrounds to reflect what’s important to you. From water features, lighting, and wireless outdoor entertainment to seating, shade and shelter – even outdoor showers. A well designed outdoor space is the perfect way to experience beauty and wonder, right in your own back yard.

Image Credit: Aperture House, Cox Rayner – Photographer Christopher Frederick Jones