Sydney Ferry Wharves Upgrade Program
Conrad Gargett was commissioned as the architectural design consultant for Sydney Harbour’s Ferry Wharves Upgrade Package 2, to upgrade 28 ferry wharves and interchange precincts along the Harbour and Parramatta River foreshores. (28 locations are in the program with nine wharves in tranche. McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Chiswick, Cockatoo Island, Meadowbank, Abbotsford, Birchgrove and Cabarita Wharves are completed. Rydalmere and Parramatta Wharves are currently under construction.)
Collectively, the consultant team of engineers, architects and planners developed design outcomes to address Sydney’s public ferry transportation needs for the future, with upgraded wharf facilities to have an anticipated minimum 50-year service life. The project’s goals are to improve accessibility, transport services connectivity, safety and amenity for ferry customers, as many of the wharves are in locations with challenging topographies.
The architecture of the wharves is distinctive, inspired by the maritime building environment along the foreshore to the harbour. A “kit of parts” approach to the design of the main building components, serves to visually unify the waterside appearance of the wharves across the various sites and facilitates prefabrication of modular elements. The wharf pontoons are in three standard sizes; each to accommodate a canopy shelter, service pod or kiosk, seating and glazed screens; linked to the new shore bridges or existing jetties by an 18-metre long roofed gangway.
The landside works are also a critical part of the design. A new “entry portal” design provides a “fresh” wharf address and assists way-finding for each wharf, creating an important information node and interface to facilitate the intermodal transport connection to public buses, pedestrian paths, kiss ‘n’ ride drop offs and cycle ways.
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