Ballast Point Park

McGregor+Coxall: Located on the former Caltex lubricant production facility site, the 2.5ha park occupies the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. The site, owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, has a rich history, from the privately owned residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast. The design concept responds to the broad cultural shift in understanding post industrial waterfronts as rich assets for public life. The design reconciles historical layers inside a framework of contemporary sustainability where recycled materials are used in innovative ways to create a low carbon park of unique quality. This environmental approach was further underpinned by a site-wide decontamination program and stormwater filtration though bioswales, rain gardens and wind turbines for on-site energy production. The park has won numerous awards including the prestigious world waterfront prize.

Landscape Architecture: McGregor+Coxall
Location: Sydney, Australia
Area: 2.50ha
Cost: $8,500,000
Construction: 2009
Text&images: McGregor+Coxall

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