Bridgwater Park is embedded on Parramatta River foreshore, joining Balmain to the Bay Run. Encircled by residential apartments and in the shadow of the Iron Cove Bridge, which stretches over the river to Birkenhead Point.
Serving as a backdrop to the park, the large sandstone cutting is a remnant from when the site housed the Old Balmain Power Station.
With its steel framing and warm Australian hardwood exterior, the new amenities building responds to the rich industrial heritage and natural foreshore landscape.
The facility has been keenly anticipated by the local residents. The building houses unisex accessible toilet, baby change, with co located drinking fountain, waste bin and bicycle parking. The adjacent playground is close by.
Material selection and detailed component design are informed by the principles of crime prevention through environmental design as well as the surrounding natural and built environment.
The elevated roof allows light and breezes to flow into the building. Rain water is collected off the roof and photo voltaic panels generate electricity.