What was the problem?

With the launch of the Barangaroo Headland Park set for mid 2015, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) approached us to help them plan and prepare the site in terms of safety and security for its upcoming grand opening.

The profile for Barangaroo presented the team with a unique and exciting opportunity to create a public space that is both vibrant and friendly, as it is liveable, safe and profitable.

Working closely with the BDA we came up with a design plan to minimise opportunities for crime within the proposed precinct areas and help ensure that the new addition to the Sydney Entertainment District makes a significantly positive contribution to the city of Sydney.

How we reframed it?

Our work on Barangaroo builds on the crime prevention design and management principles produced in earlier studies we conducted for the BDA on existing best practice in Sydney Parks. In this way we were able to produce recommendations based on what we have found to be ineffective and what has proven to be successful.

Building on the success of similar sites, our assessment for Barangaroo builds on these key frameworks:

  1. Stakeholder Engagement: we assessed the safety requirements and concerns for all users of the Headland Park and the various expectations of these groups; including businesses, residents, women and children, the elderly and disabled and workers or visitors to the Park.
  2. Designing for Movement and Activity: using up-to-date surveys and studies, we looked at existing activity levels of Sydney parks with similar localities and demographics to understand current preferences and behavior.
  1. Managing Access: in order to minimize risk whilst maintaining a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere, we looked into fencing and landscaping configurations to subtly manage crowds to both increase a sense of safety for residents and discourage anti-social behaviour. e.g. leading groups to high visibility areas for better surveillance, establishing clear routes through the park to direct pedestrian traffic away from residential areas after hours.
  2. Crime Preventative Park Design: implementing design structures to increase visibility and reduce crime through encouraging public surveillance, such as the staggered placement of bushes and trees which maintain the intimate and naturalistic experience of the park whilst maintaining community security.