2008 Woollahra Conservation Award: Overall Winner – Rose Bay Promenade

One of Sydney’s most distinctive urban waterfronts has been upgraded to incorporate a widened pedestrian promenade, an integrated cycleway, improved landscape backdrop, lighting, and access to the water. A feature of the proposal is the retention of the historic wall along the waterfront. The project included urban design, architectural and heritage advisory services to Woollahra Council from master planning through to construction documentation. Landscape design advice was also provided by our associated practice Context Landscape Design.

Nominated by the Woollahra History and Heritage Society on behalf of the people of NSW, the citation reads: ‘The conservation and restoration work done by Woollahra Council on this very difficult and contentious site achieved a result that has been universally praised and recognised as the best possible outcome in the circumstances. This project demonstrates Council’s commitment to achieve sustainable urban water management for the community whilst maintaining the historic structures and landscaping. The Rose Bay Promenade deserves to be the exemplar for similar developments and restorations of our coastal and harbour foreshores.