The development bid process for Central Barangaroo to incorporate the addition of an underground Metro station opened on 2 December.
Central Barangaroo is the final 5.2 hectare section of the precinct to be designed. It will provide the link between the natural beauty of Barangaroo Reserve in the north to the new financial, retail and residential hub at Barangaroo South.
In announcing the new tender process today, the NSW Premier, the Hon Mike Baird said: “The inclusion of a Sydney Metro station demands a bold design – we are inviting the world’s best to deliver a project of global significance for Sydney.
“Central Barangaroo will be the stepping-off point for thousands of workers and visitors every day but we want to ensure it is a dynamic destination in its own right, while maintaining the green open parkland and cultural space always envisaged for this part of the precinct,” Mr Baird said.
Craig van der Laan, CEO of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, said the location of the Metro station, with connections to Barangaroo Reserve and the proposed Sydney Steps, will shift the epicentre of the precinct to Central Barangaroo – a move which demands a design that creates more possibilities for highly-connected, accessible and dynamic urban area.
“Central Barangaroo was always going to be a vibrant precinct. Adding a Metro station is a game changer. It will link employers at Barangaroo directly with employees in Sydney’s north and west. And it ensures that everyone in NSW can take advantage of this revitalised part of Sydney’s CBD.
“This is the next great opportunity to achieve enormous social and economic benefit for Sydney,” said Mr van der Laan.
The new tender will:
- Preserve more than half of Central Barangaroo as public domain;
- Maintain the existing development footprint and be consistent with the principles of the Master Plan for Central Barangaroo prepared by US firm, Skidmore Owings & Merrill;
- Encourage bidders to explore below-ground opportunities that make best use of the metro station;
- Consider world-class proposals for the development of no more than 150,000m2 of above-ground gross floor area; and
- Maintain other elements of the Central Barangaroo design including:
- Wulugul Walk, the continuous 30m-wide public foreshore that connects all of Barangaroo
- A network of laneways ensuring pedestrian and vehicular accessibility
- A commitment to provision of civic, community and cultural spaces
- The Sydney Steps
- Preservation of views from Observatory Hill to the horizon and Sydney Harbour.
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