The NSW government will get a team of Danish and Sydney architects to build a new $250 million fish market in Blackwattle Bay, just a few hundred metres from the existing site.
The government’s development arm, UrbanGrowth NSW (UGNSW), signed a deal with the privately-owned Sydney Fish Market, last year for the project 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.
Today premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that Danish architects 3XN will lead a design team alongside Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios.
The market had been lobbying the NSW government with little success for more than a decade to improve the venue. An $80 million redevelopment first approved by the NSW government in 2005 was scrapped in 2009 as too expensive and in 2011, even a more modest plan at half the price was knocked back by the market’s tenants, despite the government offering $20 million towards the cost.
The latest proposal 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, where the government is struggling to find a solution after Google pulled out of plans to turn the site into its Australian headquarters because of a lack of transport options to the area.
Berejiklian said the new facility will include provisions for the restoration of public access from Wentworth Park through to the waterfront.
“3XN has done some remarkable work in waterfront locations around the world and we cannot wait to see what they have planned for this popular Sydney attraction,” she said.
When former premier Mike Baird announced the proposal late last year, the government said it expected the new site to be double the size of the existing market, with 35,000 square metres of floorspace, including 15,500sqm of retail space, and take over the existing concrete plant and adjacent dilapidated coal bunker wharves.
The government expects the number of visitors to the market to double too, but has not revealed any plans for improved access to the already heavily congested area.
While releasing artists impressions, Berejiklian said the design of the new fish market was yet to be determined, and the community will be able to comment on the draft design later this year.
Construction is scheduled to start in late 2018 and the current Sydney Fish Market will stay open during the building.
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