Ballast Point Park named best public space

Aug 9, 2011
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Ballast Point Park, a historic harbourside park in Sydney, has been named best public urban landscaping project at the Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) 2011 Public Domain Awards.

The park, designed by landscape architects McGregor Coxall, was awarded Best Overall Project and Best Project for NSW at the awards. The project also received the Precincts and Sustainable Design awards.

Located on the site of the old Caltex plant in Birchgrove, Balmain, the 2.5ha park brings together the historic layers of the site – formerly an oil storage facility, a ballast quarry for visiting ships, the location of one of Sydney’s earliest harbourside villas, and a place of significance to Sydney’s traditional landowners.

Philip Coxall, director of McGregor Coxall, said: “We wanted to achieve a balance between the old and new, with each part providing a layer of the story.” Recycled concrete and stone are incorporated alongside sustainable features including stormwater filtration, rain gardens, wind turbines and a decontamination program.

Other award winners include Cox Architecture’s North Melbourne Station, which won the Victorian state award and the Bridges category; Johnson Pilton Walker’s National Service Memorial and Australian War Memorial Eastern Precinct, winner of the ACT state award; and HASSELL’s Gallipoli Underpass in Adelaide, winner of the SA state award.

Cox Rayner Architects’ Ipswich Justice Precinct was named Best Project for Queensland, and also won the Walls and Public Artworks awards. spaceagency’s Beachside Leighton Terrace in North Fremantle was the recipient of the WA state award, while Watermark Design won the Tasmanian state award for their Kingston Primary School. Aspect Studios’ Elwood Foreshore was the winner of the Paths category.

The national Public Domain Awards are hosted by the CCAA every two years to celebrate the innovative and functional use of concrete to enhance the public domain. This year’s awards were judged by a panel of landscape and design architects, including Professor Philip Follent from Bond University school of architecture, WA-based landscape architect and urban designer Tony Blackwell and jury chair Professor Catherine Bull of the University of Melbourne.

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