Frequently Asked Questions: Anzac Memorial Centenary Project

What works are taking place at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park?

The NSW Government and Anzac Memorial Trustees are undertaking a major refurbishment of Hyde Park’s Memorial as part of NSW’s commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac. The work will realise the vision of the original architect, Bruce Dellit, whose plans for the Memorial included a water cascade reaching south through the park to Liverpool Street. In addition new education and interpretation facilities are being built underground so as not to impact the existing Memorial or the public open space in Hyde Park South. The project will allow for more education programs, permanent and temporary exhibitions, a major contemporary art commission and space for the Memorial’s collection. 

Why are the original architect’s plans being realised now? 

Work did not proceed on Bruce Dellit’s plans for the water cascade due to the financial constraints of the Great Depression in the 1930s. As we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, NSW is presented with the perfect opportunity to complete Dellit’s vision in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

How much will it cost?

The Centenary Project has been made possible by a $20.3 million contribution from the NSW Government and $19.6 million from the Commonwealth Government’s Anzac Centenary Public Fund. The City of Sydney has also contributed $4.1 million worth of works in the Memorial precinct and completed a $3.4 million upgrade of the Pool of Reflection

How long will construction take?

The project is expected to be completed as the Centenary of Anzac commemorations draw to a close in 2018. 

What is planned for the trees around the Memorial?

The project’s architects, builder and the City of Sydney have identified a small number of trees for removal or relocation in the Memorial precinct. Five trees in the vicinity of the Memorial will be removed, and one tree will be relocated. There are a variety of reasons for these removals which have all been approved by the City of Sydney’s Tree Management team as part of the Development Application process.

Two Hill’s Weeping Fig trees at the Liverpool Street entrance to the park will be removed in line with the City of Sydney’s Park Management Plan improve accessibility for all users of the park. These trees are in poor condition due to their position, which arborists have said is too close to the park's boundary wall. 

Two smaller trees – an Aleppo Pine and a Queensland Firewheel Tree – are being removed due to their poor condition. The Aleppo Pine will be replaced with two new specimens.

One large Hill’s Weeping Fig Tree currently located to the south west of the Memorial will be preserved and moved about 15 metres to remove the risk of damage to the tree during construction and to maintain the integrity of the original 1930s design of the Memorial

Who owns the project?

The Centenary Project is a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial and the NSW Government, with additional support from the City of Sydney and the NSW Returned and Services League (RSL).

Who designed the project?

The Project has been designed by distinguished architecture firm Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), in collaboration with the NSW Government Architect’s Office. JPW has designed a number of Australia’s treasured buildings and monuments, such as the Australian War Memorial’s Eastern Precinct, the War Correspondents Memorial and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. 

Who is building the project?

The building contract has been awarded to Built, an experienced heritage builder. The company recently completed a refurbishment of the First World War Galleries in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and completed the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Gowings and State Theatre buildings in 2013. 

Will visitors still be able to access the Memorial during construction? 

Yes, visitors will still be able to access the Anzac Memorial via the northern entrance from Hyde Park, though there may be some periods of time when access needs to be limited.

Daily commemorative services at the Memorial will also continue throughout construction http://www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au/plan-your-visit

Once complete the Project will  provide safe, welcoming and equitable access for veterans, their families and people with disabilities to Hyde Park South and all areas of the Memorial. The new accessible pathways can be seen on the attached access plan.

Will access to Hyde Park be affected during construction? 

Hoardings will be erected around the construction zone in Hyde Park south. Pedestrian paths in the park will be modified in collaboration with the City of Sydney, but access to the park will be maintained. 

How will construction activity impact my home or business? 

We envisage only minor noise disturbances for our neighbours and we ask for your patience and understanding through the construction phase. Construction equipment and materials will be delivered onto the site via Liverpool Street, with all efforts made to minimise impact to pedestrians and local traffic. If you have questions about construction you can contact Built’s Community Hotline on 1300 938 002 or email anzacmemorial@built.com.au 

On this day
23 August

1918 — Lt W.D. Joynt (8th Battalion) won VC at HERLEVILLE WOOD, France

1918 — Lt L.D. McCarthy won VC at MADAME WOOD, France

1940 — HMAS SYDNEY, WATERHEN, and STUART bombard Gulf of Bomba, LIBYA