Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project

PrizePlatinum in Landscape Architecture / Public, Landscape Design of the Year
Firm LocationCronulla, Australia
Lead ArchitectTurf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge
Design TeamTDEP: Mike Horne, Adam Hunter, Scott Ibbotson, John Newman, Michelle Parkin, Claire Broun, Ryland Fox, Hussain Karori, City of Sydney: Damon La'rance, Adam Fowler, Sarah Scott Alluvium: David Knights Turpin + Crawford: Jennifer Turpin, Michaelie Crawford, Konrad Hartmann Dragonfly Environmental: Mia Dalby-Bell
ClientCity of Sydney

Much has been achieved over the past two
decades to transform the Sydney Park site
from its former post-industrial history and
waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland
and a vital asset for the growing
communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs.
This project forms City of Sydney’s largest
environmental project to date, built in
partnership with the Australian Government
through the National Urban Water and
Desalination Plan. It is an integral
component of Sustainable Sydney 2030;
targeting 10% of water demand to be met
through local water capture and re-use in
the park. The City seized a once in a
lifetime opportunity to use what was
essentially an infrastructure project to
breathe new life into the park - as a
vibrant recreation and environmental asset
for Sydney.
The City engaged a design team led by
landscape architects Turf Design Studio and
Environmental Partnership who orchestrated
an intense and multi-disciplinary
collaboration intersecting design, art,
science and ecology - in a ‘roundtable’ of
creatives shared between water experts
Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio,
ecologists Dragonfly Environmental,
engineers Partridge and the City’s own
Landscape Architects.
The result is an interwoven series of
community infrastructures and ‘made’ systems
- water re-use, recreation, biodiversity and
habitat all integrated within the physical
fabric of Sydney Park. The bio-retention
wetlands not only capture and clean the
equivalent measure of 340 Olympic-sized
swimming pools worth per annum, but will
successfully improve local water quality,
habitat and reduce potable water consumption
in the area.
Sydney Park now offers an enhanced
recreational experience to the Sydney
community, going beyond the picturesque;
creating instead a revitalised, multi-
faceted waterscape that celebrates the
connection between people and place.