Safety is the number one priority. During extreme wet weather, work on site is temporarily paused and resumes only when it is safe to do so. Machinery is transferred to upper levels of the site as required to respond to forecast extreme wet weather.
The site of Powerhouse Parramatta borders the Parramatta River and is located within the Upper Parramatta River Catchment.
The museum design includes an undercroft space, an area underneath the museum’s ground floor to allow the passage of flood water. The undercroft will be partially concealed with a sloped lawn, creating a seamless transition between Powerhouse Parramatta’s outdoor terrace and the riverfront. The undercroft will be secure and not open to the public. Find out more in this fact sheet.
As part of the flood resilience for the project, a flood management strategy will be developed and implemented when Powerhouse Parramatta is open and operating.
Most importantly, the majority of exhibition spaces as well as the emergency power supplies will be above any possible flood levels.