BARANGAROO SOUTH: THE FINAL STAGE
4 May 2017
Designs for the final stage of public space at Sydney’s Barangaroo South have been released by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, offering an expanded waterfront walkway and public pier – with spectacular water views, of course – and a public park.
The Barangaroo Delivery Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government, released a proposal for the two hectares of open public space that completes the design of Barangaroo South - one of three development areas that currently make up one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in the world today, embodying world-class design excellence, placemaking and sustainability that has redefined the western waterfront of Sydney’s central business district.
Designed by landscape architects Grant Associates, who also designed Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority’s plans included a new Sydney Harbour cove, a one-hectare public park, an expanded waterfront walkway and a public pier.
Hickson Park will be a one-hectare public park with an open green lawn and a strategically planted tree belt to provide shelter and shade. It will provide a green link from the CBD to the heart of Barangaroo’s retail and dining precinct. It will feature a mixture of native and exotic trees and will include park furniture, meeting and eating spaces, free wifi and bike parking.
The cove will act as a central point for people working in and visiting the retail district. Its design perfectly encapsulates a place to meet, reflect, sit and have lunch or a coffee, while taking in Sydney’s magnificent harbour. With steps down to the water, people will be able to take their shoes and socks off and dip their feet in Sydney Harbour, or enjoy the events, entertainment, art and music that will be available at the amphitheatre.
The designers created the cove to be a ‘people’s space’ with a wide variety of uses and included a public pier on the cove’s southern side of the cove. There will also be the potential to include a pavilion or a canopy on this pier to provide shade, shelter and a space for activities.
Wulugul Walk will be the final section of walkway which hugs Sydney Harbour along the entire length of Barangaroo – the missing link that will complete the 14km waterfront walk from Garden Island to the Fish Markets. It will offer a 30m wide waterfront promenade.
Barangaroo Avenue is Barangaroo’s ‘high street’, and will act as a direct extension for the avenue that already runs through the existing financial and restaurant precinct. It will act as the primary north-south route through Barangaroo for cars and pedestrians, but will become a ‘slow speed street’, where pedestrians will outnumber cars.
A grand tree-lined boulevard, Watermans Quay will create a link between Hickson Road and the harbour. It will feature generous tree-lined footpaths and pedestrian crossings and act as another slow-speed street which can be shared by cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
The public space is due to open in 2021.