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.

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

Residential plunge pool


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!

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


2014 SPASA WA Awards of Excellence

We thankfully received a bronze award at the 2014 SPASA WA Awards of Excellence for the Concrete Pools Traditional & Geometric Over $100,000. Done in partnership with Newforms Landscape Architecture and Phase3 Landscape Construction, the project entailed creating a contemporary back garden, while at the same time maintaining a classic frontage. The multiple levelled back garden needed large raised planters, retaining to the perimeter wall, inclusion of a surrounding deck and spa. In addition, the design required the split level pools to offer relaxation and activity, while enhancing the space’s entertainment capacity on the overall.

The 2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards

Commercial Landscaping, Award winner

Phase3 Landscape Construction and Partner Company Newforms Landscape Architecture are overwhelmed to receive the overall winner and designer at the 2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards held recently. The project involved detailed designing and construction of The Mundaring Weir Interpretation Precinct that entailed the delivery of a high quality, iconic project for use in a high profile public area The Mundaring Weir is a well-known attraction, whose buildings and overall environment are rich in cultural and historic heritage. This was a highly demanding project that required through consultation with different stakeholders, while considering all parties vestments and interests.

  • Designer – Overall Winner 2014 LIAWA Awards Of Excellence
  • Outstanding Interpretation Project That Enhances A Place – Finalist
  • Contractor – Commercial/Civic More than $1 Million – Finalist
  • Designer – Commercial/Civic Over 500sqm – Finalist
  • Sustainable Landscapes – Commercial - Finalist

View the project here.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)


One of the company’s  founding directors, Matt Huxtable, was recently recognised as a fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). This was made in recognition of his distinguished service to the Institute and the profession in Australia.

Matt was involved on the committee of the WA branch of AILA for 8 years including the roll of state president for 4 years.

Baldivis ERWWTP – Landscaping: Water Corporation

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On 11th June 2014, Phase3 were awarded the rehabilitation landscape works in conjunction with the Water Corporation construction of a sewerage pipeline in Baldivis in the City of Rockingham. The works under contract will include all rehabilitation works required to ensure the POS is restored to pre-construction condition or better including:

  • Reinstatement of turf;
  • Reinstatement of trees;
  • Reinstatement of POS infrastructure; and
  • Reinstatement of irrigation infrastructure.

The works are scheduled to be completed between July and September 2014.

Braithwaite Park Nature Play Area: City of Vincent


On 24th June 2014, Phase3 in conjunction with Emerge Associates and Nature Play WA, were awarded the design and construction of Braithwaite Park for the City of Vincent. The City of Vincent recommendation included:

  • Following the assessment process the best value for money submission was presented by Phase3 and their team is very experienced and highly regarded.
  • It is therefore recommended that the tender submitted by Phase3 is accepted as being the most acceptable to the City for the Design & Construction of a Nature Play Area with a water element at Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn, in accordance with the specifications.

Links: 1. Vincent News 2. Braithwaite Park

Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature

Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature
Cottesloe Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature

Designed and constructed to complement the building, this landscape provides a private sanctuary sitting within the context of a coastal garden. A custom swimming pool and slide, feature granite stonework, off-form concrete walls, exposed aggregate concrete paving, custom grow meshes, and timber fences and gates are just some of the stunning features of this unique project.

The driveway was designed with reinforced turf so that the building floats over the green-banked lawn space. Custom granite boulders and block walls to the rear of the property feature textured stone panels, while off-form concrete walls connect with the architecture.

Landscape lighting includes in-ground up lights, recessed deck lights, spike spots, wall spots and recessed underwater lights.

Existing Norfolk Pine and Casuarina equisetifolia trees were retained, while hardy natives were added. Furthermore, the kitchen garden on the roof terrace is planted with citrus, passionfruit and herbs, while a bamboo garden on the south side addresses the verticality of the architecture.


Josh's House - Ground Breaking Sustainability Project


We are proud to be associated with 'Josh's House'; an exciting new sustainability project in Perth. After 20 years demonstrating sustainable design, environmental scientist & well known ABC TV Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne has undertaken his most ambitious project to date – the building of two affordable 10 star energy efficient family homes.

Josh Byrne says, “We set out to demonstrate that it is possible to build a sustainable home at a similar cost and time frame as regular houses by using readily available materials and technologies.”

The Josh’s House design will result in a staggering 90% reduction of a typical home’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and it will use only one third of the scheme water. It will also lead to savings of around $3,500 per year in energy, water and grocery bills. Read more here: | Download the media release


Subject: Josh's House Sustainable House Day Public Opening

Dear Industry Partners, Networks, Friends and Suppliers,

This is just a quick note from Josh and myself to personally thank you for your efforts at Sunday’s Josh’s House public opening. It was a resounding success with 3000 people touring Josh’s House and an estimated 4000 at the event. I hope that all of you gained as much out of the day as the community has.

Initial feedback from all involved has been outstanding. Once the dust has settled we will be talking to the local community to further gauge their response. In the meantime, if you have any feedback or suggestions they are most welcome.

Given the open day’s success we are now looking at the schedule of events over the next 12 months and how best to combine these with other community engagement and communications tools to most effectively deliver the Josh’s House message whilst considering the local residents.

I have attached the Open Day Post Event Media Release and photographs for the event.

Kind regards


DARCY HODGKINSON Communications & Media Manager

Contemporary Pool Design with Pavilion Structure


Being an outdoor pool design project, it involved the transformation of a simple garden area into a modern landscape for the homeowners to enjoy greater functionality of the space along with contemporary design elements. The construction of this project revolved around the addition of a stunning swimming pool as well as a covered pavilion to serve as an entertainment area. As a result, the functional and aesthetically divine combination of the pool and pavilion encourages homeowners and their guests to spend quality time swimming, cooking, dining, or just relaxing with friends and family.

Pool Design

Following client requirements, we ensured that the pool design as well as the entertainment area were adequately sized and positioned. As a result, we were able to get maximum use of every inch in the limited space, thus enhancing the entertainment capacity of the rear garden area.

Material & Construction Review

The deck features the elegant use of recycled black butt timber, which makes it stand out as a great spot for a beautiful alfresco cooking and dining experience, while complimenting the timber features of the existing home.

We built the sleek and elegant pool from scratch, using glazed black bricks for the header. At the same time, the choice of black tiles and white plaster inside the pool complements the contemporary theme of the design. Furthermore, the boundary wall towards the north serves as a screen as well as a support for the pavilion’s roof. It incorporates varying levels of height which make it visually appealing, while the use of galvanised steel fins brings the multi-faceted benefits like added security to the blade walls simultaneously maintaining an open feel

This project was designed by Newforms Landscape Architecture and built by Phase3 Landscape Construction.

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Inspired Outdoor Living

Inspired Outdoor Living
Inspired Outdoor Living

The requirements for the homeowners of this featured project were challenging and complex at the same time. With the Swan River in close proximity, the swimming pool is designed and engineered with precision as its bottom is lower than the water table. At the same time, the oblong and narrow space available for this project imposed additional challenges. However, we were able to overcome the difficulties and created this sleek and contemporary masterpiece.

The water feature becomes the centre of attention as you enter the residence as it visually creates the illusion of more space in the actually small-sized courtyard. Secondly, the pumping well to the garage beneath is cleverly concealed by a striking custom light box which illuminates the beautiful cut granite water feature enveloping the space.

The dimensions of the site for this project would seem small to most designers and builders. But the competent teams at both companies successfully created a unique and artistic landscape with enhanced functionality, aesthetic value, and modern finishes.

The design and construction teams unanimously paid attention to detail throughout.

Artistic landscaping project
Artistic landscaping project

Other noticeable features in this project that negated the challenges of a restricted space include:

  • The verticality of the surrounding buildings were refuted through tall Plants with Diverse Texture, such as Bamboo
  • An integrated pool and spa that combines the Use of Travertine Tiles and Concrete with Varying Heights to encompass the rear garden while allowing the user to transverse the space
  • Steel Sections Structured to Connect the Landscape with the Building, the awnings of the building being designed and implemented to transfix the two

In its entirety, the featured project is designed and constructed with the structural elements, modern finishes, and functional features that complement each other, both aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally functional, while instilling the sense of serenity in this entertaining and relaxing site.

This project was designed by Newforms Landscape Architecture and built by Phase3 Landscape Construction.

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Garden Design & Construction in Perth


Not far from the picturesque Swan River in Perth, we completed a fabulous garden project with a unique and modern appeal. The key component of the project brief was to ensure that the owner’s property appears exceptionally different from the similar design of the attached building next door. This was successfully achieved not just through the landscape but by architectural additions to the building façade, which provided a connection between the two.

The end result is a beautiful garden with strong inclination towards geometric elements with a mild Asian feel that ensures the functionality of the spaces are just as beautiful as the form.

Impressive Garden Design Features

This project has several fascinating and contemporary elements. Some of the distinguishing features that were added to this garden include an eye-catching, granite water feature as well as a sundeck, plunge pool, and pavilion. An additional feature is the hidden storage shed in the rear garden. In other words, the teams of both these companies provided these homeowners a great blend of design elements and functional features.

At the same time, we continued to be part of additional requirements for altering the frontage of the house. For this purpose, the building exterior was made to gel with the theme of the garden design. This was achieved by creating a large, facade awning made of steel and timber lined which is consistent throughout the landscape structures.

Location-Based Elements


This featured project is situated close to the Swan River. As much as this fact gives stunning views to the residents of the neighbourhood, it resulted in a great amount of challenge for our team. A six metre deep pump well required to compensate for the high water table with its access hatch unfortunately located in the entry courtyard, was cleverly concealed via a custom weathered steel light box that illuminates the cubist granite water feature that strikes upon entry to the house.

Attention to detail by both teams is also visible in the manner that every inch of this long and narrow site has been utilized to fulfill predetermined and desired goals.

Additional Structures

This project is based on great emphasis on the creation of bold structures with the noteworthy use of strong forms that are driven by function. The design and construction professionals from both companies included customized structures for the building’s facade, entrance area, plunge pool, and gate house, achieving an outstanding cohesive resolution between the building and landscape.

For this project, we received the award for the Best Residential Contractor over $150,000 category at the 2011 LAI (Landscape Australia Inc) National Awards of Excellence. 

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East Fremantle Landscape Project - Scoop Publishing Feature


This unique landscape captures the essence of creating a space for play and fun, providing an exciting, interactive, child-friendly adventure playground. The owners were after an adventurous, sensory garden with a large turfed area between the house and the swimming pool area. They also requested the large existing trees remain, and screening to the rear, east and south sides of the house. The biggest challenge was connecting the large existing decked area of the pavilion with the remaining backyard, which is considerably lower.

The existing pool shell lies at the lowest point of the site, which meant connectivity between the pavilion and the pool was vital, with a couple of landings that lead to the garden shed, an outdoor shower and turfed area.

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Fascinating Form - National Landscaping Award Winner


At the front of the home, a lit walkway provides for a dramatic arrival that stretches to the entry of the house and reveals an adjacent courtyard. This courtyard features a large metal light box, incorporated to increase the depth of field of the space, effectively creating a more dynamic environment to be experienced both inside and outside the surrounding rooms. In addition, a curious water feature consisting of layered stone cubes acts as the containing element to a humble pond filled with fish. With a mild Asian theme, this area perfectly graces and complements the home with an air of peace and serenity. Following through to the rear is the largest area, home to a magnificent swimming pool, spa and pavilion.

Here, a minimalist approach has been taken in order to keep the design fresh and low maintenance. Bamboo was planted around the pool to add a structural element to the space, as well as a sense of verticality, in order to compliment and soften the building bulk to the rear of the existing dwelling. The carefully selected plants also provide colour and textural contrast through all four seasons.

Fascinating Form - National Landscaping Award Winner
Fascinating Form - National Landscaping Award Winner

The wonderfully attractive custom concrete pool and spa were created using travertine tiles and quartz tropicana plaster. As illustrated, the pool sits gloriously in its surroundings and adds a component of luxury with its clean lines and soft glow. The alfresco pavilion and outdoor kitchen acts as a place for relaxation, with ample space available for cooking and eating.

In addition to its compelling design, structural steel sections have been used as a feature not only here, but also at the entry point of the residence and on the fascia of the residence. This creates continuity and allows for the formation of a cohesive connection between the existing dwelling and the added landscape elements. With a strong emphasis on relationships between shape, form and function, this is a project that exudes design appeal and class.

This garden was designed by Matthew Gee at Newforms Landscape Architecture winning Best Overall Design at the 2010 LIAWA Awards.

Phase3 Landscape Construction were the project builders and we won the Residential Construction over $150,000 Award at the LAI National Awards of Excellence 2011.

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LIAWA Awards 2011


Landscape Industries Association of WA Award Phase3 as 2011's Best Residential Contractor Among our project portfolio is this residential project which started off with a wide range of diverse requirements by the client. However, the skilled teams of both these companies did not hesitate to take on this project while including all the desired features and finishes in the end result.

We built around all the design particulars with close attention to detail. This Australian residence includes a concrete swimming pool and an outdoor landscape with stunning elements that enhance the aesthetic appeal along with space utility.

Phase3 won the Residential Contractor $120,000 and over Award at the LIAWA Awards 2011.

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Bringing Together Spaces to Create a Landscaping Masterpiece


A Progressive Design that Elegantly Connects Separate Outdoor SpacesA unique feature of this garden is the way it is built along a courtyard to move on towards a sunken garden at the end. As much as the concept is modern, the garden seems to have an inherent capability to give a peaceful and serene feel.

The inner courtyard is bordered by the residence on three sides. This is how its expansive dimensions seem additionally large with easy access to inside views of the house. The courtyard design and natural elements, is inspired by Japanese landscape arrangements.


An Extensive Courtyard with Diverse Features

Framed by a stainless steel arbour, the courtyard has been constructed to minimize the harshness of strong forms and shapes. In fact, the steel frame provides strength to the structure while surrounding features stand out to promote an earthy feel to the design. For instance, the selection of plants including grape vines is one of the most attractive features.

The team involved in this project paid attention to detail by not overlooking any design aspect, free space available, and other remarkable particulars. Despite the beauty of the several components in the garden, a stunning water feature is also added which serves as the focal point. The water feature is designed around the theme of creating a miniature reflection of the key features used inside the house. This is why the internal flooring material of travertine marble was used to construct this water feature while the surrounding wall is painted Cobar red to complement the marble and nearby foliage alike.


The Breathtakingly StunningSunken Garden

Moving on to the sunken end garden, the combination of features and finishes give a sense of tranquillity as per the Japanese theme. A gorgeous koi pond can be enjoyed by homeowners and visitors from different locations of the house, while the L-shaped bench in the sunken garden provides a comfortable seating for a peaceful time. Playing along the same theme and style is the choice of planting two Frangipani trees which allow the homeowners to bring nature inside their residence with a clear view of the sunken garden’s greenery.

Project Summary

This project is an amalgamation of elegance, texture, durability, nature, modernity, and much more. At the same time, it uses a rare blend of elements and materials such as stainless steel, unusual foliage with minimal plantation of carefully picked species, natural limestone for aesthetic and easy-maintenance purposes, and so on.

This garden was designed by Newforms Landscape Architecture and built by Phase3 Landscape Construction.

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Award Winning Rossmoyne Landscape Project


Project designer Erika Björklund has created a gorgeous Colonial-style garden with a contemporary twist that perfectly complements the renovated period home. Traditional materials, restrained form and a subtle range of plants ensure that this garden doesn’t seem unusually modern against the renovated Colonial Queensland style property it abuts.

Timber, brick and concrete paving provide a textural link to the home. The painted pine used in both the pavilion roof structure and the shade structure ties in with the existing timber balustrade of the house.

A bold use of red creates modern focal points throughout the landscape, turning this pedestrian landscape into a stunning and unique modern update on a classic Australian garden space. A water feature with a custom stainless steel spout is a stunning feature, providing striking visual detail and the relaxing ambient sound of running water.

The outdoor kitchen is well appointed, featuring a sink, fridge, barbeque, bench space and ample storage. Sitting under the painted timber pavilion with Colorbond roof sheeting in white, contemporary convenience is visually linked with the existing residence.

This stunning outdoor space is a comfortable, private family space. Pleasantly open to accommodate for the Perth heat, the masterful blend of period detail and refreshing modern touches combine in a charming exterior space.

Meanwhile, the sunken garden is, by design, heavily structured and yet simple. A long koi pond reinforces perspective lines from the house, while an L-shaped bench seat allows for comfortable, quiet conversation. The exaggerated perspective is reinforced by the installation of two large frangipani trees, the larger of which is planted towards the view from the inside, while the smaller sits behind it.

This project won the Residential Contractor over $120,000 Award at the LIAWA (Landscape Industries Association of WA) 2011 Awards. View all our awards | View more of this project

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