About the project

Conrad Gargett was commissioned as the architectural design consultant for the Sydney Ferry Wharves Upgrade Project. Upgrade Package 2, to upgrade 28 ferry wharves and interchange precincts along the Harbour and Parramatta River foreshores. Collectively, the consultant team of engineers, architects and planners found a solution to better address Sydney’s needs for the future, generating an anticipated minimum 50-year service life for the wharves. 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.

A “kit of parts” approach prepared by GSA is adopted for the design of the main waterside building components. This facilitates prefabrication and modular elements to suit each wharf site, within a unified and distinctive design theme. The wharf pontoons are 3 standard sizes, with the wharf buildings consisting of a canopy shelter, service pod or kiosk 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 fresh portal entry canopy design provides a new 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.