Little Bay Cove

“An ancient Indigenous site calls for modern problem-solving”

Executive Summary

Little Bay is an historic site on Sydney’s southern coastline, home to the last remaining local deposits of Miocene clay and ochre, a sacred ceremonial clay used for centuries by the local Indigenous community. Working with architects McGregor Coxall, Fleetwood helped to future-proof the culturally significant area by designing and planning, then constructing and installing, three key elements of pedestrian infrastructure: the Paleo Valley staircase, weir bridge and serpentine boardwalk. The new structures allow Little Bay visitors to enjoy and move through the sensitive area, without damaging it.








Design Partners

McGregor Coxall

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover

Fleetwood Involvement

Little Bay provided a wonderful opportunity to display our flair for problem solving, together with our passion for thoughtful and attractive design. Faced with a number of site and design constraints, McGregor Coxall relied on our expertise to work effectively with different materials and gave us tight parameters around design expectations and materiality - something we delivered on by using our DesignExecute2™ delivery model. The sensitivity of the local landform meant we needed to create a substructure predominantly from mild steel, with footings that were robust and had minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Where timber was required to soften the design aesthetics, we recommended using recycled railway sleepers. The project owner, CIP, was so impressed with the work we’d done in design collaboration with McGregor Coxall that once budgets were finalised, they engaged us by direct contract to fabricate and install the structures. We worked closely with the client-appointed engineer to ensure all of the original design outcomes were met.


Award Name Location Year
AILA NSW - Landscape Management Award of Excellence Little Bay Cove 2017