The recreational, visual and ecological enhancement of Foreshore Beach and adjacent areas and Penrhyn Estuary ecological enhancement are the two main components of the enhancement works for Port Botany. Port Botany is about 12 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport is adjacent to the site. Sydney Ports Corporation obtained Government approval for the expansion of the existing port through reclamation of 60 hectares of land in 2005.
“Foreshore Beach is the public face of the project and it was important to get it right,” says Marika Calfas, General Manager Planning, Sydney Ports Corporation about the $1 billion (AUS) Port Botany Expansion project. EDAW and Maunsells (now both part of AECOM) are part of the Sydney Ports team. They formed part of the contract won by Baulderstone and Jan De Nul. Baulderstone and Jan De Nul are responsible for constructing the terminal and related environmental and community works for Sydney Ports Corporation to handle long-term container trade growth.
The overall project is “a simple design that links into the broader context” says Callaghan, achieved by constructing the pedestrian bridge into Sir Joseph Banks Park. The other key elements of the Foreshore Beach design are: Mill Stream lookout and amenities block (both by Choi Ropiha), shared and pedestrian paths, rest areas, expansion and revegetation of the inter-tidal cycle and salt marsh zone of Penrhyn Estuary, the interface between Foreshore Beach and the boat ramp, new foreshore configuration and rock wall west of the boat ramp, the Penrhyn Estuary lookout. Botany Bay is an enormously popular fishing area and designing site specific structures to conform with airport requirements for minimizing bird hazards when cleaning fish, is one of the more particular requirements of the site design.