Whenever most people think of Sydney, the images that inevitably spring to mind are of the city’s two main landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. However, that could change thanks to the Barangaroo Project, an ambitious urban regeneration initiative that is effectively transforming part of the city.
The project encompasses an area of around 50 acres and is estimated to cost around A$ 6 billion. Work began in 2012 and is expected to end in 2024 with the construction of the subway station. The first facility to be built, replacing the demolished old wharves, was Barangaroo Reserve, a natural haven in which the coastal headland has been restored to its original state at the time the first European settlers arrived.
Another part of the project that is already well under way is Central Barangaroo, an area of ultra-modern buildings, some of which are designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Over half of them are intended for public use (civic, cultural and administrative centres), while the rest are destined for commercial and financial activities. The new buildings are set to change the Sydney skyline forever and include the Wooden Office Block, which is the first modern Australian building to be made of wood. In order to finish on schedule, work is continuing round the clock and dozens of contracted companies are involved. Among the hundreds of construction machines employed on the site is a Pegasus 40.18, which is being used 24 hours a day on successive shifts to carry out finishing work on the buildings.
The preservation of original native trees is an integral part of the project and in the adjacent Barangaroo Reserve, hundreds of local species have been planted. Cutting down a few obstructing branches to expedite the work is therefore out of the question, so the Pegasus is a valuable asset with its wide support base, 400° rotation and telescopic boom with electronically controlled man-lift basket, which helps the operator to lift and fix panels by circumventing the vegetation. The automatic levelling stabilizers adapt to pavements or uneven worksite terrain, allowing the machine to work in any conditions. Panel by panel, the façade is nearing completion and the Pegasus will soon be able to move onto the next block!