Drummoyne reservoir World War One water reservoir is a renowned landmark that is threatened by a proposed demolition to make way for high-rise apartments. This prompted the City of Canada Bay to write to the NSW Government last year.
The council resolved to seek the assistance of the Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton, and the Member for Drummoyne, John Sidoti, to preserve the reservoir. It is also listed on the State Heritage Register.
The water tower that stands on top of the reservoir is being repurposed as an early learning centre. Milton Architects is working on a scheme that involves the construction of a new two-storey building on the site, along with adaptive reuse of the reservoir’s heritage structure.
Upon completion, the new early learning centre will provide 159 places to children aged six months to four years. It will be designed to help children feel connected to the local community. There will be two indoor playrooms that open to an outdoor play area. Children will also have access to the grounds on the ground floor of the reservoir tank.
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An outdoor play area will also be built on the rooftop of the building. With a total of more than 1,700 square metres of unencumbered outdoor space on the ground and upper levels, there will be plenty of options for children to play.
As part of the conservation management plan for the Drummoyne Reservoir, Sydney Water has conducted a detailed study of the place and developed policies for future reuse. In addition to a revised analysis of the buildings’ significance, the CMP includes a series of policies regarding the use of the site.