The new public parkland at the former BP site was officially opened on 12 March 2005 by Tom Uren. Located on Waverton Peninsula overlooking the city skyline and bridge, the site is the first in a series of dramatic new waterfront projects in North Sydney to be transformed from industrial depots into public parklands. The new 2.5 hectare park, comparable in size to Pyrmont Point Park, is a result of the New South Wales Government’s decision in 1997 to convert the former industrial site for public use following public pressure to stop its’ sale for housing. mcgregor+partners landscape architects were commissioned to design and supervise construction of the new park. Taking two years to complete, the site is now set to be one of Sydney’s best vantage points for the annual New Years Eve fire works spectacular.
The former BP site was once the home of 31 massive oil storage tanks surrounded by thick concrete bund walls to prevent oil spills from entering the harbour. The new design uses a restrained composition of elegant, yet robust concrete and metal structures which wrap around the sandstone benches and cliffs projecting into the Sydney skyline. Ducks and other birds are returning to bathe in the constructed wetlands which capture water seeping from the old cliff faces. New trees and native plants are establishing on the exposed rock faces. The project design is influenced by the new Spanish Parks which are leading the global charge in ‘enviro cool’. For more information, contact: Adrian McGregor, mcgregor+ partners phone (02) 9977 3853, 0410 650 686 or [email protected] or see www.mcgregorpartners.com.au