Former submarine base opens to the public
A former submarine base and torpedo factory in North Sydney’s Neutral Bay has opened to the public for the first time in 150 years.
Landscape architects Aspect Studios, and architects Lahznimmo, have finished the first stage of Sub Base Platypus, a mixture of open space and urban parkland which opened in May. The site is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
It includes a new harbour-side walkway which links the former submarine wharf to nearby Kesterton Park, as well as recreation areas, barbeques, a submariners memorial designed by Urban&Public, and a playground which incorporates a model Oberon submarine with working periscopes.
A new public plaza named “Arrival Square” is also a feature.
A staircase at the northern entry will become a new point of access for locals, providing passage to both the foreshore and public transport, while a boardwalk makes the HMAS Platypus site accessible from the North Sydney Ferry Wharf.
Previously, the site had housed the North Shore Gas Works, RAN’s torpedo maintenance facility, and six Oberon class submarines, but following a site remediation period the land has been reclaimed for public use.
Stage two of the development will involve the refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing architecture to allow businesses to use the facility, as well as making more public space available on the submarine base.