“Helping nature lovers enjoy a pristine local ecosystem without disturbing or damaging it”
Following a detailed proposal process, Fleetwood was engaged to design, construct and install a spectacular new viewing platform at Taren Point Shorebird Reserve, at the edge of Woolooware Bay in Sydney’s south. Together with a new hardwood boardwalk and bespoke bird hide, the completed project allows nature lovers to get up close and observe the migratory birds that regularly visit the area during low tide - without disturbing either the birds or their sensitive local habitat.
Sutherland Shire Council
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Fleetwood Urban was awarded the project by Sutherland Shire Council following a detailed proposal process that included a 3D visualisation and walk through. We worked closely with the Council’s planners from concept and design to manufacture and installation, ensuring every aspect met their strict guidelines. We then delivered each element with the utmost of efficiency and consideration for the native Shorebird Reserve habitat. The centrepiece structure was the new viewing platform, constructed and assembled on site using timber driven piles, Class 1 Australian Hardwood superstructure, decking and posts. All cables and fixings are from stainless steel.
More Project Information
It was essential the new viewing deck was created in harmony with the pristine local environment at Woolooware Bay. This necessitated a design that blended in with the natural surroundings and used natural materials wherever possible.
The primary challenge was to protect the abundant local flora and fauna. From groundwork and construction to final installation, it was especially important to minimise disturbances to the existing ground conditions.
The footings were innovative and required some clever engineering, especially given the very narrow corridor of works. The final design utilised a low-impact pin system to ensure very little disturbance to the local ecology while still being able to withstand sand erosion which was typical in the area.
- Viewing deck
- Bird hide
- Hardwood piles
- Unseasoned hardwood
- Stainless steel
Being a sensitive bird environment, the Council was very particular about not disturbing or endangering the local flora. This required extra care to be taken during the construction stage – including a very narrow construction corridor, and also a fast install before the migratory birds came!
With the bulk of construction and assembling taking place at Shorebird Reserve, particular care was taken to limit any penetration and disturbance of existing ground conditions. This sensitive work has helped to preserve this precious section of Sydney for future generations.
The additions to Shorebird Reserve play a crucial role in enhancing the social fabric of the Taren Point community. Local residents and visitors can now share in the area’s unique ecosystem and native birdlife, which provides a stunning natural backdrop for gatherings with family or friends, or simply escaping the city bustle.
The new walkway and viewing deck have significantly improved public access, making it easier and safer for Taren Point residents and visitors to experience the reserve and its natural delights – without damaging the environment. It’s one of the area’s most popular destinations for walkers and joggers.
Fleetwood are interested in growing and stretching with the process. I would say that is because of their people, collaborative practices and the pursuit of better outcomes for all ages.
Jennifer Kelynack Senior Landscape Architect
Maribyrnong City Council
“The guys on the ground knew what they were doing, and as far as safety goes, anything we asked them, they did. The quality of finish & getting it delivered on time were critical parts of the project and the client is very happy with the results."
Lionel Desmond Project Manager
Fleetwood’s attention to detail, the service they provideand the working relationship we have with their teammade this project enjoyable. Their acknowledgement oflandscape architects in their work and how they service usis unique in this industry.
Mark Santangelo Senior Landscape Architect & Team Leader, Distinctive Living Design
Great design is what sets Fleetwood apart and they delivered on all their commitments throughout the project
Belinda Ryan Development Manager, Mirvac
Great communication, quick responses that are clear, open about pricing.
Wally Adams Estimator