Designs

Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

By AECOM

  • Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

    Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

  • Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

    Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

  • Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

    Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

  • Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

    Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting

About the project

An integrated design process was adopted for the Sydney Park Stormwater Harvesting Project. The overall objective was to integrate the human, environmental and engineering design requirements to create a response that provides social, environmental and economic functions.
In essence, to improve the water supply and health of the aquatic environments within Sydney Park’s wetlands, AECOM designed a stormwater harvesting and treatment system. The complexity of the storm water harvesting process has been seamlessly integrated with the adjacent existing wetland environment to improve water quality and provide flood mitigation and amenity for users.

Engineering interventions within the bioretention system have been dispersed and concealed within natural forms creating a landscape setting instead of a hard-edged engineering response. The project demonstrates a high level of technical skill integrated with appropriate planting, the sensitive use of materials such as recycled brick to reflect the site’s history and the art interpretation of the ”perch posts,” a safe rousting for water fowl.

Water Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD) elements can achieve a number of environmental outcomes other than the treatment of stormwater, including:

• Design aspects for future urban conditions (for example, urban growth and an increase in urban density);
• Resiliency to a number of adverse or changing conditions, including climatic changes;
• Improving plant biodiversity and providing habitat in an increasingly urban environment.

The design demonstrates innovation, which showcases the successful integration of water sensitive urban design and landscape architecture in a project where complexity is transformed into natural simplicity.

The key in realising the project vision of integrating engineering elements into a landscape design with artistic flare was the collaborative and creative approach between consultants and client. The collaborative approach ensured problems and solutions were constantly discussed between disciplines resulting in a shared vision

As a mark of success around the project, AECOM with the City of Sydney impressed judges to clinch the highly regarded ‘Design Award’ for their stunning proposal of the Sydney Park Wetlands Stormwater Harvesting Stage 1. The award is a significant achievement highlighting the very best of Australian landscape architecture, achieving effective and sustainable solutions for the natural and built environment.