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Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 15 Oct 2008

Sydney’s waterfront renewal begins

Barangaroo by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia
© Barangaroo / NSW Government 
Barangaroo by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia Barangaroo by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia Barangaroo by WAN Editorial in Sydney, Australia
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16/10/08 Alexis Wittamer, Brussels
Utzon was a great architect. This project seems to need to be reworked, in the scale and in the form, even if the images are quiet interesting. But the architecture is not a lot, if architecture exists in this project.

Landmark $2.5 billion Barangaroo project short list announced 

The three companies shortlisted by the NSW Government to develop and build Sydney’s impressive new harbour side headland park and urban waterfrtont are Lend Lease and Westpac Corporation; Brookfield Multiplex; and Mirvac Projects, Leighton Projects, Nakheel PJSC and Macquarie Property Development and Finance. The three consortia demonstrated the expertise and resources to deliver 220,000 square metres of commercial space at the southern end of the site, a new harbour cove and public open space and a benchmark sustainable precinct that achieves significant reductions in potable water and energy use by 2020.

The NSW Government is now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from leading landscape, architecture and urban design companies to design the harbour side public domain. The project site area commonly known as “East Darling Harbour” has been officially renamed following a State-wide naming competition that generated over 1,600 entries. The winning name is “Barangaroo”, the name of an indigenous woman from Sydney’s early history who was a colourful and powerful figure in the story of the first colonisation of Australia.

Ms Kristina Keneally, NSW Minister for Planning, commented: “This project will create a vast natural harbour park for Sydney and return this part of the harbour and its foreshore to the community after more than 100 years of industrial use.”

Key features of the parkland and public open space at Barangaroo will include:
• A large headland park at the northern end of Barangaroo
• New southern and northern coves
• A continuous foreshore promenade from King Street to Walsh Bay, completing the 14-kilometre long foreshore walk from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge
• A concealed car park under the headland park
• A promenade and parklands, including in the southern commercial precinct

EOI submissions close at 2 pm on 13 November 2008. The second stage will involve a request for proposals from short-listed teams. The construction commencement date for the headland park and public domain will be finalised once the EOI process is completed in early 2009.Completion of the project is currently set for 2020.

Laura Salmi

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