Former BP Site Park

North Sydney Council / Waverton, Australia

The 2.5 hectare Former BP site has emerged from it’s polluted past to become a contemporary post industrial harbour front park. In its’ former state, 31 oil storage tanks and ancillary facilities stood on massive concrete platforms carved from the sandstone bedrock. As a consequence of remediation to remove contamination, many industrial structures were demolished leaving behind dislocated historic fragments.

The design reconnects these resilient fragments, then contrasts them against simple contemporary structures to retain their visual and cultural prominence. The site’s industrial heritage is celebrated in an environmental framework of regenerating bush land and constructed wetlands. Viewing decks and walking platforms float over the dramatic sandstone cliff cutting’s whilst concrete and steel stairs wrap over and around the topography. The project has won five awards including the Australian Institute of Landscape architects NSW design excellence award of 2005.

Site Area

2.4 ha


  • Brownfields
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Furniture and Signage
  • Heritage
  • Waterfront
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]


  • Northrop Engineers
  • Sue Rosen & Associates