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Central Barangaroo Master Plan Framework

The NSW Government appointed Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) as the Master Planner for Central Barangaroo. The role of the Central Barangaroo Master Plan Framework is to articulate the NSW Government’s ambition for a vibrant, active, and diverse community supported by a flexible framework to deliver Central Barangaroo.

The Framework responds to Central Barangaroo’s relationship to its city-wide context and the opportunities it provides. It establishes guidelines for planning and design that have shaped the development of the precinct. The Central Barangaroo Developer, Aqualand, will use the Framework to guide ongoing design development.

The Framework establishes a structure of key urban and civic elements for Central Barangaroo, including development massing, pedestrian connectors, a street network, development blocks and public domain. This structure guides the vision and aims that inform the delivery of an integrated urban precinct where innovation in design and adaptable use are facilitated and encouraged.

Key components of the Master Plan Framework:

  1. The Barangaroo Steps as a city gateway to Barangaroo.
  2. Three clear development blocks along Hickson Road.
  3. A continuous 30-metre wide public waterfront promenade - the Wulugul Walk.
  4. A civic park/plaza integrated with the waterfront and the Barangaroo Steps as a central gathering space.
  5. A network of east-west streets to facilitate pedestrian connections and access to the development between.
  6. Hickson Road and the waterfront open space.
  7. Consideration of views to and from Observatory Hill.
  8. Delivery of a connected network of parks and open spaces linking the Waterfront to Hickson Road at both Nawi Cove and Hickson Park.
  9. A defined Barton Street, removing cars from Block 5 and reinforcing a distinct identity for Hickson Park.
  10. Integration with the Barangaroo Station.
  11. Establish Barangaroo Avenue with an important civic relationship to the development and the park.


Barangaroo Concept Plan

As the Central Barangaroo Developer, Aqualand have developed a concept plan which requires changes to the approved Barangaroo Concept Plan.

Harbour Park

At the heart of Central Barangaroo is Harbour Park. Measuring 1.85 hectares in size, it will be a place for everyone to gather on Sydney’s foreshore. Harbour Park will build on our commitment to ensure more than half of Barangaroo is public open space.