Prince Henry Development, Australia

Aurecon was engaged to provide the engineering, infrastructure master planning and detailed design of the Prince Henry redevelopment at Little Bay in Sydney, Australia.  The development included 1,051 dwelling units as well as a number of community buildings.

The redevelopment was complex as the site was originally established in 1881 as the coast hospital, and was to retain 19 of the 52 historic buildings. Aurecon undertook condition assessments of some of these buildings and was involved in the analysis and preservation of existing roads and sandstone kerbs.

An area inside the Prince Henry redevelopment was of significant geological importance with fossils and peats dating back 22 million years. The site included the endangered remnant Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS). Much of the ESBS was retained, with 5 ha of land dedicated to the regeneration of this species. Aurecon designed the road and infrastructure works to minimise any impact on this area, working closely with the design team and University of New South Wales.

Aurecon completed surveys to enable infrastructure master planning and design of the Prince Henry redevelopment, together with surveys for land titles purposes. Prior to detailed design, Aurecon carried out a topographic survey of the entire site with considerable survey input required to monitor borehole locations and other remediation works.

This project’s challenges ranged from the size of the site, heritage and physical constraints on the boundaries and  irregular water front boundary definition to interpreting and massaging electronic boundary information supplied by the architects of the master plan, and a considerable number of associated easements and restrictions.

In keeping with Landcom’s charter to build better and more sustainable communities, Aurecon implemented:

  • Water-sensitive stormwater design, incorporating bioretention swales for filtering water
  • Gross pollutant traps, pit and pipes systems
  • Irrigation storage ponds
  • Naturalising open channels.

The complexity of the subdivision boundary definition was recognised at the NSW Excellence in Surveying Awards 2006, where the subdivision reached finalist status. The survey was a critical component of the development to ensure efficient design and construction and the accurate creation of titles.

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