City of Sydney embarks on Sydney Park restoration project

Sydney City Council has confirmed that it will preserve and restore a number of brick kilns and chimneys located in Sydney Park with the help of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and JMD Design, as it seeks to maintain the links between community and landscape.

Built in the 19th century, the structures are remnants of the brick-making industry that resided in the area at the time. Improvements to the park will sensitively incorporate the industrial past of the park.

“The Sydney Park Kilns and Chimneys are culturally significant and we want to integrate the site’s history into the landscape,” said Clover Moore, Mayor of Sydney.

“The City of Sydney is a leader in marrying historic structures with green spaces, such as the beautiful gardens at Paddington Reservoir, and we are ready to create another memorable space in Sydney Park.”

The space where the park is located was a forest of turpentine and iron bark where the Gadigal and Wangal people hunted kangaroos. After European settlement, a number of brick, pottery and tile factories were established in the area from the early 19th century due to the abundance of brick clay found in the area.

Brick making continued at the site until the 1970s and became a landfill until 1976. Earth and construction rubble was placed over the brick pits to form Sydney Park a few years later.

The council plans to construct a raised lawn and new plazas, kiln-paved outlines, railway tracks and brick pits to acknowledge the industrial context of the park, better access to the area from the Princes Highway and the preservation of the furnaces by placing roofs over the works.

Unfortunately, despite outside interest, the Council is unable to reallocate the buildings to commercial use due to structural and safety issues.

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