The Barangaroo site will be transformed into an
international benchmark for urban waterfront renewal.
The NSW Government has embarked on one of the biggest and
most exciting urban renewal developments for Sydney spanning
the next two decades. Barangaroo (formerly East Darling
Harbour) is located on the Sydney Harbour Foreshore adjacent to
Australia's financial centre. This area will be
transformed into an international benchmark for urban
waterfront renewal, similar to the likes of Canary Wharf in
London and Battery Park and Battery City in New York.
The Barangaroo site
The Barangaroo site is 22 hectares with an approved built
space of 388,300m˛ of gross floor area. The site will
comprise 11 hectares of public domain which is expected to
include a 1.4 kilometre public foreshore promenade and
parklands, including a new headland park at the northern end of
the site. The NSW Government, through the Sydney Harbour
Foreshore Authority, will retain ownership of the land on which
the public domain will be constructed.
Barangaroo will complete a 14 kilometre pedestrian foreshore
promenade between Woolloomooloo and the ANZAC Bridge.
International urban design competition
The NSW Government held an international urban design
competition during 2005 and 2006 for the purposes of:
exploring urban form issues and the relationship of
Barangaroo to its surrounds; and
generating public discussion about the opportunities
arising from a renewal of the site.
The winners were Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects,
Paul Berkemeier Architect and Jane Irwin Landscape
Architecture. They worked with the NSW Government to transform
their ideas into an application for Concept Plan approval,
which was exhibited to the public in October 2006.
The Concept Plan
The NSW Minister for Planning granted consent to the Concept
Plan for the site on 9 February 2007, under Part 3A of the
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW),
such approval being modified in September 2007.
Barangaroo was rezoned for mixed use and public domain
purposes through amending Schedule 3 to the State Environmental
Planning Policy (Major Projects).
The Concept Plan Approval contemplates that the Barangaroo
Project will encompass:
a mixed use development with 388,300m˛ of gross
floor area, specifically for commercial, residential,
tourist, retail and community uses;
a mixed use zone developed on eight development
11 hectares of new public open space, including a public
foreshore promenade, and extensive public domain landscaping
comprising parks, streets and pedestrian connections;
new water insertions at the southern and northern ends of
car parking under the new headland park to ensure
community access to the park;
the preparation of a range of implementation plans
covering transport, infrastructure, social issues, design
excellence and housing; and
an area for active uses that support the public domain
with the public recreation zone.
Stage 1 EOI
The Authority has responsibility for managing all tender
processes for the design and development of Barangaroo. A Call
for Expressions of Interest to design and develop Stage 1 was
issued in April 2008. Responses to that call were received in
early June and the Authority is evaluating and assessing those
responses. A shortlist of proponents will be invited to
participate in the second stage of the call program, which will
comprise a Request for Detailed Proposal.
It is expected that the consortium selected by the Authority
to develop Stage 1 of the Barangaroo project will be granted
development rights by the Authority to:
design, fund, develop and deliver the land and the first
four buildings at the southern end of the site (Development
Blocks 1-4), comprising a total of 322,300m˛ of gross
enlarge the existing cove at the southern end of the site
and activate surrounding areas;
design, fund and deliver the public domain, waterfront
parklands and the foreshore promenade adjoining Development
design, fund, develop and deliver infrastructure to
support Development Blocks 1-4 and the adjoining public
remediate land comprising Development Blocks 1-4 and land
on which the fifth building on the site will be developed,
certain public domain areas adjoining Development Blocks 1-4
and that fifth building, and possibly certain parts of
A project of this scale provides significant economic,
environmental and community opportunities for Sydney and New
South Wales. The project is expected to generate $2.5 billion
in construction, thousands of jobs for Sydney and New South
Wales communities, and a projected end value of $4 billion.
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