Construction work has started on what will soon be Sydney's newest park.
Earlier this month, the first sandstone blocks which will form the foreshore edge of Barangaroo’s Headland Park at Millers Point were laid as New South Wales State Premier Barry O’Farrell met with a number of the architects, landscape architects and master planners who are helping shape the development of Sydney’s newest precinct.
Located at the northern end of the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo development, the park is set to provide a new vantage point for locals and visitors to soak up Sydney Harbour while enjoying naturalistic parkland, and will complete the ‘missing link’ in the 14-kilometre harbour side walk from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge.
The park will include a new cultural centre built within the headland, which will have a 300-space underground car park and will occupy a floor area of between 10,000 and 20,000 square metres.
In addition to grassed areas, lookouts, walking and cycle paths and a new harbour cove, the site will also feature unique tidal rock pools created from sandstone excavated directly from the Barangaroo site. The use of as much as 37,000 cubic metres of Sydney’s iconic Hawksbury sandstone throughout the park will not only create a natural connection with the surrounding area but will also reflect sustainable construction through use of locally sourced material.
In total, the New South Wales Barangaroo Authority says 9,315 blocks will used on the foreshore, while the park itself will cover an area of 5.74 hectares and will feature 84 native species of flora.
The new park is part of the $6 billion-plus Barangaroo precinct, which the government hopes will transform a former container port area into a spectacular piece of Sydney waterfront over the next 10 to 20 years.
Describing the park as one which will ‘define this iconic area for future generations’ O’Farrell says the use of existing on-site stone is a wonderful aspect of its design.
“The sandstone showcases the park and reflects how the area might have looked in earlier times, linking the past with the present,” O’Farrell says. “Creating one of the world’s great foreshore walks, a public foreshore promenade will run the length of the Barangaroo, creating the missing link in the 14-kilometre harbour side walk from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge.”
Following the completion of preliminary works by Laing O’Rourke, Lend Lease subsidiary Baulderstone was awarded the contract for the park’s construction last year, including the excavation of sandstone and propagating of native flora.
The park is scheduled for completion in 2015.