Lights, Camera, Action!

St Leonards Park, Miller Street Forecourt
North Sydney Council

St Leonards Park is one of the oldest public recreation spaces in NSW, featuring the iconic and industrious forecourt of the prestigious North Sydney Oval. Now overhauled and reopened to the public, it has converted the once fragmented landscape area into an accessible, free flowing landscape where all elements unite collectively to provide a grand entrance to St Leonards Park!

The Forecourt at Miller Street, North Sydney, which WON the 2021 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Parks and Open Space,  was designed by Gallagher Studio in collaboration with North Sydney Council with civil construction and landscaping upgrade works proudly constructed by Growth Civil Landscapes.

The open plan design encapsulates twenty-four advanced native cabbage tree palms (transplanted and craned in), offering a unique natural shade sail for a sizeable segment of the forecourt area, whilst providing unrestricted pedestrian movement for North Sydney Oval events and park users.

The forecourt surprisingly transports to a spectacular level at night with our newly installed lighting design, highlighting key elements of the landscape that invite you to explore the architectural elements of the forecourt area.

Works incorporated heritage fig tree protection and environmental management, site establishment and preparation, temporary fencing, demolition, earthworks, formwork, hard landscape elements including vehicle control bollards, custom concrete circular seats, street furniture, granite paving, bus shelter relocation, deconstruction of existing sandstone walls and reconstruction of new utilising same recycled material with new capping, services adjustment and installation, stormwater drainage, pits and connections, irrigation works, lighting and electrical works, on-grade concrete slab and granite paving, dimension stone and informal sandstone works, concrete kerb and gutter, asphaltic concrete, steel edging, tree grates and pits, modifications to existing entry gates and fencing, infrastructure for future vehicle security access control and garden preparation and planting.

With the Master Plan of the Park Upgrade aiming to achieve a balance of uses while protecting, preserving and enhancing the Park’s heritage values and character, we have delivered on point!

Growth Civil Landscapes has completed two projects recently for North Sydney Council - the North Sydney Oval Forecourt, which received an AILA award, and the recent refurbishment of the Tunk’s Fountain in St Leonards Park.

Growth Civil Landscapes has demonstrated they conduct themselves in a professional manner in all aspects of their operations whilst undertaking projects for North Sydney Council including – quality of work, site safety, public safety, time management, site meetings and client contractor relationship.

Both projects recently undertaken by Growth Civil Landscapes have included elements of work with heritage structures and they were given the care and protection that was required to maintain the integrity of the structures.

Growth Civil Landscapes have shown a keenness to produce high level outcomes and satisfaction to their clients, North Sydney Council would welcome Growth Civil Landscapes to tender for future landscape projects due to the positive outcomes achieved.

Damian Conway, Project Manager