The Hyde Park Upgrade

Northrop was commissioned to upgrade the site, using civil, structural and hydraulic services. Works included storm water drainage design, grading/levelling of footpaths plus the structural design of retaining walls and reflection pool.

Stage One was the Pool of Reflection, which was losing water and seeping into the surrounding grounds. The pathways were in bad shape and required repair with the pavement either worn or broken. Our team resolved all pool leaks with a hydraulic pump system created from scratch. We minimised water consumption and restored the feature to a beautiful tourist attraction.

Stage two focused on stormwater drainage and footpath design.  Our aim was to create a pavement that would resist the traffic load during special events with grading to accommodate disabled access.

Stage 3 involved the upgrade of the café area and surrounding Museum train station. We accessed the existing station from underground, designing new internal structures to match.

Overall, there were several challenges with the project. We needed to use the existing stormwater drainage infrastructure as much as possible to stay within budget. We also had to minimise the extent of earthworks to avoid disturbing the existing grounds and heritage listed trees.

Northrop coordinated with the architect, landscape architect and other consultants throughout the design phase, while at the same time complying with challenging City of Sydney requirements.

With Stage 1 finished, Stage 2 is due for completion at the end of 2017. 

Client Name
City of Sydney
Construction Value
$8 million

2017 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards - Cultural Heritage Category winner

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