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The proposed design for the Headland Park in the Barangaroo Development has been revealed.
The Headland Park is one part of the $6 billion redevelopment of the harbour precinct. The design is the work of landscape architect, Peter Walker, who has been working on the scheme alongside architecture firm Johnson Pilton Walker since February 2010.
h2. A new cultural centre for Barangaroo
The plans include a new cultural centre built within the headland, as well as walking and cycling paths, water access, tidal pools and picnic areas.
The cultural centre will have an estimated floor area of between 10-20,000 sqm making the centre comparable to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and the NGV Australia at Federation Square in Melbourne, both of which are c.14,000 sqm.
The plans were unveiled by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Chair of the Barangaroo Design Excellence Review Panel, the Hon. Paul Keating, Minister for Planning Tony Kelly, and landscape architect Peter Walker.
h2. Keating’s ‘naturalistic’ headland
Keneally said of the plans: The magnificent Headland Park will be an asset for Sydney and NSW for generations to come The park itself will closely resemble its form before 1836. It will reflect the rugged sandstone topography of the harbour This will be a place where people can touch the water, and interact with natural beauty that has not existed on the site for more than 170 years.
Keating praised the naturalistic form of the park, adding: The reinstatement of a green headland at Barangaroo is an historic opportunity to recreate the archipelago of headlands that once defined Sydneys inner harbour.
The form of the headland, located at the northern end of the Barangaroo precinct, will be constructed from the soil excavated from the southern precinct of the 22 hectare site. Excavation work for the basements in the southern precinct would provide approximately 350,000 cubic metres of soil, planning minister Kelly said.
Peter Walker described the development as the most exciting urban project going on in the world today. It is a tremendous responsibility to be part of such a large project in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, he added.
The park will be funded by development of the southern commercial precinct.
The plans have been submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and will also be subject to a full public exhibition process. Construction of the park is due to commence later this year, will completion due by 2014.
*Images* courtesy Barangaroo Delivery Authority