The 6 kilometre Eastern Distributor is an important link in Sydney’s orbital road network, joining the Southern Cross Drive, the M5 East, the Harbour Bridge, the Harbour Tunnel and the Cross City Tunnel. The centre-piece is a 1.7 kilometres tunnel running from Woolloomooloo to Surry Hills.

When the original design was rejected by numerous stakeholders, Jackson Teece developed an urban design concept to solve the many local difficulties along the length of the distributor. At the Art Gallery of NSW precinct, our concept provided a landscaped land bridge over the knot of freeways and widened the bridge on the scenic road leading to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Our solutions unblocked the political stalemate, resulting in 4 hectares of parkland being returned to the public, the Art Gallery gaining a landscaped forecourt, Woolloomooloo Bay and the Botanic Gardens being rejoined with the Domain, and the noisy, distracting streams of traffic being hidden at this sensitive point of the city.

Our strategy and design also included the parkway between Moore Park and Surry Hills.