Ennis Road Bays

Heritage Interpretation Devices
Heritage Interpretation Plan

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (Roads and Maritime)

North Sydney, NSW

Located under the northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Ennis Road Bays were converted into the Roads and Maritime corporate headquarters in 2016. As part of the refit, GML developed a range of interpretive elements that engage audiences in the site’s history.

GML developed an interpretation plan for the site, undertaking historical research and then working with Roads and Maritime to identify audiences, key themes and stories. We then developed content and designs for interpretive ground inlays, digital media and a light box featuring photographed items from the Roads and Maritime movable heritage collection.

A light box in the entry foyer features items from the RMS Movable Heritage Collection.

A light box in the entry foyer features items from the Roads and Maritime Movable Heritage Collection.

Other interpretive elements extend into circulation corridors of the fitout and include an exposed section of wall, with explanatory panel, that displays the structures’ engineering, as well as large-format artworks featuring historical photographs and poetry.

The bays form part of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Heritage Precinct, which is on the NSW State Heritage Register and National Heritage List.

GML successfully coordinated with the architect, builders and suppliers to ensure key interpretive devices were installed in time for Roads and Maritime’s occupation.

Sydney Harbour Bridge construction—joining of the upper chord, taken 3 September 1930.