Re-purposing of the Cahill Expressway reflects Sydney’s maturing approach to public life...

Discussion started by Adam Rangihana 10 months ago


Delivering on Sydney’s vision for a more productive, liveable, and sustainable city, Warrane Walk is conceived as reconnecting the city centre with its waterfront, the eastern city with the western city, and Indigenous Australians with their traditional lands. The Cahill Expressway is an elevated, urban motorway situated on the waterfont at Circular Quay, Sydney; it’s dominant structure creating a significant barrier between the city’s centre and its iconic harbour. Re-purposing of the Cahill Expressway reflects Sydney’s maturing approach to public life, unlocking underutilised civic space for its people, and taking a significant step to move beyond mid-century motorway urbanism and infrastructure. The creation of a 1km linear urban park offers Sydney a unique opportunity to reclaim public space at its heart, providing over 10,000m2 of new waterfront public space fronting Sydney Cove. Situated at the birthplace of colonial Australia – Sydney Cove – Warrane Walk reconnects the culturally significant Bennelong and Barangaroo headlands, honouring the traditional owners of the land and signifying a critical step in the reconciliation process with Australia’s First Nations. Warrane Walk will provide a critical east-west connection between the northern city centre and Barangaroo – the recently completed 500,000m2 development bringing 24,000 workers to the city’s western harbour – and stitch together an urban fabric disconnected with the construction of the Bradfield Highway.
  The new elevated public space completes a missing link in Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk, as well as reducing east-west travel times between two key productive areas in the Sydney CBD, Barangaroo and Circular Quay, where 93% of all weekday trips are by walking or cycling. Sydney’s renowned ‘corkscrew’ – currently a motorway on-ramp – is transformed into a subterranean environment and an intimate new urban experience is the bustling city centre. Portals from the ‘corkscrew’ to Kent Street and Hickson Road create new pedestrian connections between Sydney Cove in the east, and the future Barangaroo Metro, Nawi Cove, and Barangaroo Central in the west.



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