Grant Associates reveals designs for Barangaroo, Sydney public realm scheme

A two-hectare Sydney waterfront public realm scheme designed by Grant Associates has been submitted to planners.

Waterman's Cove, Barangaroo South. Image: Grant Associates
Waterman's Cove, Barangaroo South. Image: Grant Associates

The Barangaroo South scheme includes a new harbour cove, a one-hectare public park, an expanded waterfront walkway and a public pier, as part of a 7.5 hectare, mixed-use scheme being developed and delivered by global urban regeneration specialist Lendlease.

It is part of a one of the most significant waterfront redevelopments in the world, Barangaroo, named after an 18th Century Aboriginal woman whose husband Bennelong was an interlocutor to early immigrants.

Located on the edge of the city’s Central Business District, Barangaroo will be a public, residential and commercial district on the site of a vacant 22-hectare former container wharf, a $6+ billion project due to be completed in 2024, which includes a recreated headland park called Barangaroo Reserve and will be visited by an estimated 33,000 people a day.

Wulugul Walk and Boardwalk at Barangaroo South. Image: Grant Associates

The new public realm helps to realise the commitment by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) and Lendlease to deliver more than half of Barangaroo as open public space.

The design by Bath-headquartered landscape architect Grant Associates, which has offices in the UK and Singapore, shows a pedestrian-friendly area with open views across Sydney’s harbour.

Designs include Waterman’s Cove and a fully-accessible amphitheatre-style boardwalk on the water. The new public realm also features the one-hectare Hickson Park that will provide a green link from Sydney’s Central Business District into the heart of Barangaroo’s retail and dining precinct.

Lendlease will shortly lodge a Development Application with the Department of Planning and Environment, which will be available on public exhibition as part of the planning process. The new park and associated public space is anticipated to open in 2021.

Grant Associates director Andrew Grant said: "Barangaroo has already become a popular destination on Sydney’s waterfront. Our proposal for Waterman’s Cove takes full advantage of the Sydney Harbour backdrop to create a distinctive new public space right at the water’s edge. By contrast Hickson Park offers a calm, green and sheltered open space for the enjoyment of local residents, workers and visitors."

Senior Associate Mike Wood said the practice had worked hard to provide memorable and distinctive experiences for a wide range of users.

"They are a significant component of the extensive public realm framework that is proposed for Barangaroo and represent the final piece in the completion of the public realm for this part of the precinct."

Chief executive of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority Craig van der Laan, said the development would be of enormous benefit to the people of Sydney. "The new harbour cove and public park represent the next step in the extraordinary transformation of Barangaroo from a 22-hectare concrete container terminal into a world class, vibrant waterfront precinct."

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