2 November 2010 – Sydney-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, Mcgregor Coxall, has won the International Waterfront Design Honour Award, for its Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour.

Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore on 5 November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning.

Located on the former Caltex lubricant production facility site, Ballast Point Park is a 2.5 hectare park which occupies the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain.

According to McGregor Coxall, the design concept responds to the broad cultural shift in understanding post industrial waterfronts as rich assets for public life. “It brings together the site’s rich industrial history with contemporary sustainability by using recycled materials in innovative ways to create a low carbon park of unique quality.”

This environmental approach was further underpinned by a site-wide decontamination program and stormwater filtration though bioswales, rain gardens and wind turbines for on-site energy production.

See our previous article on Ballast Point.