Green Infrastructure Excellence at Central Linear Park

Woolacotts Consulting Engineers have been engaged by Scape Design to provide Structural, Civil and Hydraulic engineering services on the development of the Central Linear Park in Sydney Olympic Park. The new park will be located on the southern side of the new Central Precinct, between the rail corridor and the Figtree Drive development sites 50 to 53.

Central Linear Park is being developed as part of the wider SOPA 2030 Masterplan. Through the development of new public, commercial and residential facilities, the Masterplan seeks to deliver outstanding social, economic and environmental benefits to the growing population in the area. The Masterplan also aims to meet Green Star sustainability benchmarks through the development of a number of new public transport options and the creation of two additional park precincts.

Featured above: Sydney Olympic Park Master Plan 2030 (2018 Review)

Central Linear Park will be developed in stages, as the Figtree Drive development sites are re-developed. The park design, undertaken by Scape Design, addresses the following:

  • Future commuter linkages to public transport interchange (bus/rail)

  • Opportunities for improved passive recreation amenity (with a high-density residential focus) including local play spaces, outdoor fitness facilities, active circuits for local pedestrian/cycling

  • Thermal comfort/shade and street tree planting and micro-climatic impacts from higher density development

  • WSUD system linkages and integration of public domain elements i.e. pavements, kerbing, stormwater with street tree planting and other softscape

  • Functional and major event operations interface of the Central Precinct public domain with the Olympic Legacy precinct – Olympic Boulevard/Plaza spaces

  • Adaptation of existing green infrastructure elements ie. Legacy ‘Green Finger’ plantings along the Railway corridor

  • Primary Accessible linkages and alignment with DDA standards and SOPA Access Guidelines – with a focus on resident commuter movements to/from Olympic Park rail/bus station and future P3 rooftop recreation facility

  • TfNSW (Sydney Trains) railway corridor vehicle access and pedestrian safety considerations


Featured above: Central Linear Park Development (still in construction)

Woolacotts have provided a number of Structural, Civil and Hydraulic engineering design solutions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • An elevated steel boardwalk

  • Concrete and rock gabion retaining walls

  • DDA compliant concrete ramps

  • Structural engineering advice on play and gym equipment structures and footings

  • Bio-swale to assist with WSUD strategy for the site


Featured above: Central Linear Park Development (still in construction)

Our team are proud to be involved in the development of this new community hub, one that will undoubtedly set the standard for design excellence and sustainable living.

To learn more about our experience in community infrastructure across Australia, visit our projects page here.