Barangaroo Authority Plans Vibrant Public Space For Sydney's Most Ambitious Urban Renewal Projects


The Barangaroo Delivery Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government, released a proposal for the two hectares of public space that completes the design of Barangaroo South, as part of the Authority’s commitment to delivering more than half of Barangaroo as open public space.

Designed by landscape architects Grant Associates, who also designed Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority's plans included a new Sydney Harbour cove, a one-hectare public park, an expanded waterfront walkway and a public pier.

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“This is an exciting proposal for the creation of more beautiful public spaces at Barangaroo, which will be of enormous benefit to the people of Sydney," Barangaroo Delivery Authority CEO Craig van der Laan said.


“The new harbour cove and public park represent the next step in the extraordinary transformation of Barangaroo from a 22-hectare concrete container terminal into a world class, vibrant waterfront precinct.”

As the lead developer of the overall Barangaroo South project, Lendlease will construct the public space and have scheduled it to open in 2021.

Barangaroo South's 'public space' details

Architect Bob Nation AM, the Authority’s Design Adviser who has overseen the design development, said the plans provide extensive public benefit and a completely different park experience to Barangaroo Reserve and the waterfront parkland proposed for Central Barangaroo.

Hickson Park

Hickson Park will be a one-hectare public park with an open green lawn and a strategically planted tree belt to provide shelter and shade. It will provide a green link from the CBD into the heart of Barangaroo’s retail and dining precinct. It will feature a mixture of native and exotic trees and will include park furniture, meeting and eating spaces, free wifi and bike parking.


“The Reserve catches a lot of direct sun, as will the western-facing parklands in Central Barangaroo. Hickson Park will get the northern sun in winter, but will be more sheltered from the wind and the hot western sun in summer,” Mr Nation said.

Watermans Cove

The cove will act as a central point for people working in and visiting the retail district. Its design perfectly encapsulates a place to meet, reflect, sit and have lunch or a coffee, while taking in Sydney’s magnificent harbour.


With steps down to the water, people will be able to take their shoes and socks off and dip their feet in Sydney Harbour, or enjoy the events, entertainment, art and music that will be available at the amphitheatre. The designers created the cove to be a ‘people’s space’ with a wide variety of uses, and included a public pier on the cove's southern side of the cove.

There will be the potential to include a pavilion or a canopy on this pier to provide shade, shelter and a space for activities.

Wulugul Walk

Wulugul Walk will be the final section of walkway which hugs Sydney Harbour along the entire length of Barangaroo - the missing link that will complete the 14km waterfront walk from Garden Island to the Fish Markets. It will offer a 30m wide waterfront promenade.


Barangaroo Avenue

Barangaroo Avenue is Barangaroo’s ‘high street’, and will act as a direct extension for the avenue that already runs through the existing financial and restaurant precinct. It will act as the primary north-south route through Barangaroo for cars and pedestrians, but will become a 'slow speed street', where pedestrians will outnumber cars.

Watermans Quay

A grand tree-lined boulevarde, Watermans Quay will create a link between Hickson Road and the harbour. The quay will be approximately 113m in length and 23m wide, and pproximately double the width of the current temporary street.

It will feature generous tree-lined footpaths and pedestrian crossings and act as another slow-speed street which can be shared by cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

Rob Deck, Lendlease's Managing Director of Barangaroo South, said Lendlease were delighted to be working with the Authority on this next important stage of Barangaroo.


"Grant Associates will bring their extensive international expertise to create a truly exceptional public space."A Development Application will be lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment, and be available on public exhibition as part of the planning process.

What is Barangaroo South?

Barangaroo South is one of three development areas that currently make up one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in the world today, embodying world-class design excellence, place making and sustainability.

The entire Barangaroo precinct is a globally significant, 22-hectare, $6+ billion project that has redefined the western waterfront of Sydney’s central business district.

Owned by the NSW Government and managed by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Barangaroo is separated into the Barangaroo Reserve, Central Barangaroo and Barangaroo South.

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Lend Lease is responsible for Barangaroo South – the southern 7.5 hectares of the site which is destined to become the greenest and most advanced financial district in Australia. 

It will have a mix of uses, including commercial, residential, retail and dining, along with a new landmark hotel. It will become home to around 1,800 residents and 23,000 office workers and, with more than 50% of the precinct open public space and 100% of the foreshore to be fully accessible to pedestrians and cyclists, it is expected to attract some 18 million visits per year.

When complete in 2024, Barangaroo will provide space for some 24,000 permanent jobs, generate approximately $2 billion per year to the NSW economy and provide more than 11 hectares of newly-accessible public domain.

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