The NSW government recently released the final design for the new Sydney Fish Market, which move around the corner from the existing site in Blackwattle Bay.
The $250 million plan is part of the massive $20 billion “Bays Precinct” redevelopment of 95 hectares of waterfront land, which includes Rozelle Bay, Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station.
The government’s development arm, UrbanGrowth NSW (UGNSW), signed a deal with the privately-owned Sydney Fish Market, in 2016 and plans to sell off the existing site for apartments to pay for the development. UGNSW wants to build nearly 3000 apartments on the existing market site.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the purpose-built retail and wholesale facility will be positioned over the water as the centrepiece of a new harbour-side precinct with panoramic views towards the Anzac Bridge.
The building, by Danish architects 3XN, in partnership with Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios, will feature a timber and aluminium roof inspired by fish scales floating over the building like a canopy and include an expanded seafood cooking school, food kiosks, restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces for social events.
The plans also include new public wharves, a waterfront promenade, a new ferry stop and new civic and community spaces.
Here’s a video explaining the concept.
Berejiklian said the Sydney Fish Market currently attracts more visitors annually than the Great Barrier Reef and accounts for around 20% of international visitors to the Sydney region.
“It is already the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, trading approximately 14,500 tonnes of seafood per year,” she said.
The project will double the size of the existing market, with 35,000 square metres of floorspace, including 15,500sqm of retail space, in there area where there’s currently a concrete plant and adjacent dilapidated coal bunker wharves.
Sydney Fish Market will continue to operate uninterrupted during construction, which is expected to begin mid 2019, subject to all necessary approvals.
The new fish market is expected to open in 2023.
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