The wharves upgrade has been designed to create a distinctive theme for Sydney Harbour. The design aims to unify and identify the harbour wharves and ferry commuter transport system. This involves the use of new steel pontoons and gangways at many of the sites, all designed to permit wheelchair access and provide shelter from the weather.
A key issue identified was the effect of the marine environment on durability, and the requirement for a 50 year design life and minimising maintenance requirements.
There was an emphasis on pre-fabrication of components including pre-cast concrete headstocks, precast deck planks and pre-fabrication of the entire gangway ramp and pontoon. All site deliveries were undertaken by water through floating barge cranes.
The durability solutions include:
Commuter comfort is a key aspect of the design of the new wharves. Each wharf will feature improved waiting areas with increased size and provision of seating. A roof structure and glass panels will protect passengers from the sun and rain. A prime purpose of these upgrades is to make them suitable for use by disabled patrons. Many of the existing terminals have low level landings which cannot be used by patrons in wheelchairs.
Improvements across all of the wharves include:
The five latest terminals won the Master builders Association for public buildings Awards in 2016.