Mall DDA seats and Mall benches from Street Furniture Australia have been provided at the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf in NSW for passenger comfort.

The Ferry Hub, designed by Cox Architecture aims to provide “a seamless and sculptural environment with weather protection, superb views of Sydney harbour and efficient, functional passenger flows in a safe and secure context”.

The two new wharves feature two 48m long by 23m wide pontoons that accommodate up to four ferries each, in anticipation of the thousands of visitors expected to converge at the Barangaroo parklands, shopping and eating precinct each day. There is capacity to build a third wharf in future.

Travellers have been provided with rows of Mall DDA seats and Mall benches from Street Furniture Australia, featuring hardwood jarrah battens and aluminium frames. The seating provides comfortable places for travellers to wait for the next service under the sculptural canopy.

Some of the DDA seats feature three armrests to provide support for older people to sit and stand. This seat design also serves to equitably divide the space, allowing more people to sit on the one seat while feeling that they have their own space.

Mall benches positioned in front of glass barriers frame the view of the harbour.

According to Cox, the overall design uses “a limited palette of robust materials that provide a public domain interface and a proven attitude towards maintainability”. Street Furniture Australia’s Mall range complements this goal, with its long life and ease of maintenance. The furniture installation was carried out by Gartner Rose.

The architect also worked with project partners Transport for New South Wales, Aurecon, and McConnell Dowell to design and build the ferry wharf.