Barangaroo Ferry Wharf, Sydney, Australia

Delivering an accessible, elegant, and functional ferry wharf

Design innovation from Aurecon and Cox Architecture delivered a new accessible, elegant, and functional Ferry Wharf located in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct for Transport for NSW. It is estimated that 8 000 customers move through the wharves every day, with up to 30 000 during major events.

Barangaroo Ferry Wharf is Sydney’s largest ferry wharf after Circular Quay, and provides a customer link from the Western Suburbs and Northern Beaches to the Barangaroo Precinct.

Design objectives

  • Direct public access to the Barangaroo precinct
  • Accommodate future growth
  • Provide compliant accessibility for mobility impaired passengers
  • Deliver a modern, ambitious and elegant architectural design in the maritime environment
  • Improve capacity of ferry services during major events

Click below to go on a 360 ferry journey towards Barangaroo Ferry Wharf

The challenge

The challenge of integrating disparate design objectives required in-depth collaboration from the marine, building design and architectural disciplines. The depth of this collaboration achieved a functional, elegant and an enduring ferry wharf design.

Aurecon and Cox Architecture also worked together to design the award-winning flood resilient ferry terminals for Brisbane.

Digital engineering paired with advanced visualisation tools assisted in solving complex engineering problems and helped Transport for NSW and stakeholders visualise the completed wharf.

The model captured detailed wharf pile information and combined data with structural and architectural models to produce an accurate visualisation of the project to assist the construction team.

Aurecon’s real-time visualisation software, VIZ RT, offered the perfect tool for client collaboration by putting everyone on the same page and promoting a shared understanding of a project’s design and construction elements.

Design meets functionality

Expert engineering methodology paired with a cutting edge architectural intent has set a new standard for ferry wharf design. Its uniquely open design enables the seamless integration of function and convenience for commuters while being fully compliant with the latest disability access standards.

The wharves were angled to minimise extrusion into the extremely narrow waterway but still allowed enough room for the future fleet of bigger Sydney ferries to enter, exit and be stored overnight. With varied geological conditions each of the 76 steel tube piles were individually driven into the seabed as the foundation for the two wharves.

The Barangaroo Ferry Wharf has not only been designed to transit day-to-day passengers, it has been designed to be large enough to handle special events in Sydney. The size of the wharves, the width of the gangways and the strategically placed lighting conform to manage a large influx of passengers.

As a key link in the connection between the Barangaroo precinct, Wynyard Walk, Wynyard Station and the sea, the Ferry Wharf design was a collaboration multiple stakeholders including the Transport for NSW, Lend Lease and the Barangaroo Development Authority

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