Ballast Point Park

“Reimagining an industrial landmark into a leisure icon”

Client

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA)

Completed

2009

State

NSW

Design Partners

McGregor Coxall

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail

Executive Summary

When SHFA acquired Caltex’s Ballast Point refinery at Birchgrove, it wanted to transform the 2.6 hectare industrial site into a panoramic public leisure location. Fleetwood Urban was contracted to renovate and re-install the iconic Tank 101 (originally used by barge captains as a navigation landmark) as well as create a series of new public amenities to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

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Fleetwood Involvement

Throughout the project, we worked closely with all stakeholders, including the landscape architect and SHFA. In addition to fully refurbishing Tank 101, we were directly involved with the design, construction and installation of new riparian zone crossings, grass forming rings, seawall decking and harbour access. To reinvent the tank itself, we created structural steel sections painted in Micaceous Iron Oxide (MIO), and a steel plate screen recycled from the original tank. We revived the plate and water-cut them so that each formed a letter from the Les Murray poem, The Death of Isaac Nathan. Wind turbines were also fitted to the structure to provide self-generated ‘green’ power for the entire site.

Community Engagement

The local community was heavily engaged during the design of the park by the local council.

Awards

Award Name Location Year
Paisatge International - Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize Ballast Point Park 2014
CCAA Public Domain Award - National Awards For Excellence In Concrete To Enhance The Public Domain, Winner Sustainable Design Ballast Point Park 2011
CCAA Public Domain Award - National Awards For Excellence In Concrete To Enhance The Public Domain, Winner Best Overall Project Ballast Point Park 2011
AZ Award for Design Excellence Ballast Point Park 2011
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design - International Architecture Award Ballast Point Park 2011