Barangaroo Northern Cove
Barangaroo Northern Cove
Barangaroo Northern Cove

Transforming one of Sydney's most iconic waterfront sites.

Working in close collaboration with prominent US landscape architect Peter Walker and local landscape architects Johnson Pilton Walker, we transformed a former industrial waterfront site into a welcoming place for community activities and recreation. This transformation included the foreshore’s boardwalk promenade, public deck, jetty and pontoon.

The challenge with this project was to incorporate the boardwalk promenade, public deck, jetty and pontoon into the overall project design and to assist in the selection of appropriate materials that worked harmoniously with existing materials used in the parkland while meeting strict government and BDA requirements. This was a tough challenge and the architectural design team, as well as Lend Lease, knew that Fleetwood had the experience to make this work. Carryout meticulous construction detailing to compliment the design intent as well as the construction safely in an often unpredictable marine environment.

DesignExecute2 Process at Barangaroo Northern Cove
01 Discover
02 Develop
03 Detail
04 Deliver

01 Discover

Our DesignExecute™ model saw us working with the designers from the early concept phase through to the successful completion of the project. The brief asked for a robust, masculine and honest design principle comprising of native timber and painted steel which blended in with other project materials.


Helping the designers to visualise how the final product would come to life, the Fleetwood technical design team and structural engineering experts helped overcome design challenges early by providing accurate budget and timing estimates. We developed the concealed fixing method for the handrail and the sleek, clean detailing in the deck boards to create a ‘floating’ aesthetic which contributed to the flair of the overall design.


Having been involved with the project right from the start, the drafting and detailing team had a clear vision of the overall project and the desired outcomes.


All of our processes follow a complete internal quality system, aligned with ISO9001. So, following accurate surveying, detailed sectional drawings were produced for fabrication.

The project started in-house with substructure frames fabricated in our workshop before being sent for painting. Timber kerbs were then cut to final size and detailed in our workshop before delivering to site. Full engineering drawings were produced, pontoon and jetty works were underway and an agreement was confirmed between all parties on bracket and piling detailing.

Installation at the harbour site presented many challenges. With multiple in-house site teams working side-by-side with many other tradespeople, it was a busy worksite on the water’s edge. Perhaps the biggest challenge was coordinating and driving the pontoon’s piles. This was carried out by a rig mounted on a barge inside the cove itself. Nevertheless, safety was always top of mind and successfully maintained at all times.

Extended deck

This was a feature piece of the architectural design, allowing for public performances including bands etc to perform to those seated in the natural sandstone foreshore, and on the lawn areas. We ran power to the furthest point of the deck and housed it discreetly in one of the large timber block seats.


Part of our package was the design, supply and installation of the pontoon (for small vessels) and aluminium ramp connecting it to the arcing boardwalk.

The quality of the finished product, not only the constructed elements, but also the high level of attention to detail during the documentation stage was remarkable. From the Fleetwood management and design team to the delivery team onsite everyone was polite, easy to work with, and understanding to the ever changing, dynamic situations the construction industry brings our way.

Jayson Gaul Project Lead, Lendlease

High quality craftsmanship

We had to work in very closely with several other teams (stonemason, civil contractor etc) to ensure that we achieved a beautiful connection detail between the boardwalk and the sandstone wall, which followed a continuous arc. Some excellent carpentry work from our team!

Project Details



Design Partners

PWP Landscape Architecture


NSW AILA Presidents Choice Award (2015) | World Architecture News (WAN) Waterfront Award (2015)