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We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of this land. We offer our respect to their Elders both past and present.

We acknowledge this place is named after Barangaroo, a leader of the Cammeraygal people and wife of Bennelong of the Wangal people, who played a significant role within her community and that of the early British colony.

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New Pier Pavilion

A new iconic landmark is coming to Barangaroo South. 

The Pier Pavilion, located in Watermans Cove, will be a new stunning place where people can meet, gather and relax by the water, or enjoy a range of temporary, programmed events.   

Infrastructure NSW’s development application for Pier Pavilion was approved on 7 July 2022. The planning documentation submitted to the City of Sydney and development approval can be accessed here. 


Substructure works commenced in October. This work provides the foundations for the structure on the pier and to prepare for the main works construction. Activities include:

  • Piling works were completed in November. As the new Pier Pavilion will be constructed over the water this required driving piles under the pier to reinforce and support the new building structure and adjacent promenade
  • Concrete hydro cutting works commence in December. This work will extend and strengthen the pier to manage the weight of the pavilion columns.

During this time, part of Watermans Cove pier will be closed to the publicWe will continue to update the community as we bring the Pier Pavilion to life. 

Christmas and New Year shutdown: The site will be closed from 24 December 2022 to 8 January 2023.


The 2020 national design competition received more than 170 entries from architects across Australia. The winning design is by architects Jessica Spresser and Peter Besley. Celebrating land, sea and sky, Pier Pavilion will add yet another iconic landmark to Barangaroo’s renewed foreshore. 


A competition jury comprising leading figures in the Australian architectural community selected the five finalists and competition winner.

Competition jury members:  

  • Robert Nation AM, Barangaroo Design Advisor  
  • Bridget Smyth, City Architect / Design Director, City of Sydney  
  • Abbie Galvin, New South Wales Government Architect  
  • Peter Poulet, Professor of Practice (Architecture), Western Sydney University  
  • Kim Crestani, City Architect, City of Parramatta  

 View the Pier Pavilion Design Competition Jury Report and all design competition entries in the resource centre. 

Pier Pavilion Design Unveiled

The winning design by Jessica Spresser (SPRESSER) + Peter Besley celebrates the natural elements of land, sea and sky that compose the site.



Design Excellence

The mix of architecture at Barangaroo draws from the talent of seasoned and upcoming local and international designers and a dedication to design excellence.

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Public spaces

At least 50% of Barangaroo is public open space that everyone can access.