Plans for the $2.5 billion final stage of the Barangaroo precinct on Sydney’s waterfront have been revealed. Connecting the existing headland park with the commercial part of Barangaroo – where you’ll already find restaurants, the Crown skyscraper and office towers – Central Barangaroo will be easily accessible via the Barangaroo Metro station once it’s completed in 2024.
A two-hectare waterfront park will take up around half of the space. “Campus-style” offices are on the cards, as well as “a limited number” of apartments at the northern end of the development.
Aqualand, the developer behind Central Barangaroo, will work with retail partner Scentre Group (which operates under the Westfield brand) on a hub that will include fashion retail, dining and entertainment experiences. It’ll run on ground level and below ground to link up to the future metro concourse.
“A vital feature of Central Barangaroo is its accessibility,” said Aqualand’s executive development director Rod McCoy in a statement. “The delivery of the new metro station, the new ferry wharves on the Barangaroo foreshore, new pedestrian links to Millers Point, Walsh Bay and the Rocks, and the connections back into the city through Wynyard Walk and Gas Lane will make this precinct one of the most accessible and connected places for workers, residents, and visitors in Australia.”
Aqualand has brought in a series of architecture firms from Australia and abroad to work on the project’s buildings, including Durbach Block Jaggers (Phoenix Central Park), Smart Design Studio (White Rabbit Gallery), John Wardle Architects (Phoenix Central Park) and London’s David Chipperfield Architects.
The plan has not yet been approved – it will be placed on exhibition by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to give the public the chance to lodge objections and queries regarding the application.