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Sydney Modern Oil Tank Gallery

Tetra Tech provided detailed remediation, geotechnical and occupational hygiene consultancy to support the Sydney Modern Oil Tank Gallery project, preserving history for an exciting new cultural space.

Tetra Tech Coffey were involved with the Sydney Modern project for close to a decade supporting the conversion of a World War II naval subterranean oil tanks as part of the gallery’s expansion project. The tanks are located to the north-east of the Art Gallery between Mrs Macquarie’s Road and Lincoln Crescent in Woolloomooloo and forms a pivotal part of the Art Gallery of NSW extension.

Built in the early 1940s during World War II to supply fuel to naval ships they were built to hold up to 7000 tonnes of fuel, and with seven-metre-high ceilings and 125 columns. The project aimed to turn one of the two tanks into an subterranean gallery.

Tetra Tech Coffey’s involvement over many phases of the project bought together teams of experts across the business, included:

  • Remediation site investigation and advice, including investigation, assessment, and management of contaminations
  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Asbestos consultancy
  • Clearance Certification

Tetra Tech addressed the challenges of an historic fuel facilities by identify contaminants of concern and develop a stringent monitoring program that was implemented to protect the health and safety of all personnel during project activities. The use of asbestos in these environments was common because it is often used as a stable material, making the constant monitoring for asbestos an ongoing project requirement.

Client name: Infrastructure NSW, Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), (Richard Crookes Construction)
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2014 – 2022
Services provided: Remediation, Geotechnical and Occupational Hygiene advice

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