An artist’s impression of Barangaroo

6 November 2013 — A new master plan for Sydney’s $6 billion Barangaroo development has been released by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, with a steep increase in density proposed.

With the casino and hotel complex forced off its original harbour pier to land by the O’Farrell Government, the plan has undergone a massive reorganisation.

Key to the updated master plan is an increase in floor space “generally” within the current approved building heights and footprints to 121,500 square metres – with “up to 15,000 sq m” earmarked for community, cultural and active uses.

“Greater density and diversity will create an engaging, active and vibrant waterfront precinct,” a Barangaroo Delivery Authority statement said.

While there is increased density in the plan, the authority has stuck by its commitment to 50 per cent public space.

“We confirm our commitment to ensuring over half the new precinct will be assigned for public and recreational space, ending close to two centuries of port and industrial use,” said Authority chief executive John Tabart.

“Central Barangaroo will include 2.6 hectares of waterfront public space, with the Barangaroo foreshore promenade completing one of the world’s great waterfront walks stretching 14 kilometres from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge.

“This public space will create a forecourt to a vibrant mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses at Central Barangaroo.”

The Authority said other key aspects included:

  • The “Sydney Steps”, creating a new city gateway to Barangaroo and the waterfront
  • A continuous 30-metre wide public foreshore walk
  • A new civic plaza and parks on the waterfront
  • A network of laneways ensuring pedestrian and vehicular accessibility
  • Preservation of a site for a future cultural venue
  • Preservation of views from Observatory Hill to the horizon and the harbour

The master plan will be placed on public display as part of the consultation process prior to the lodgement of a planning application seeking a modification to the Barangaroo Concept Plan, needed for the increase in density sought.

Information about the master plan framework for Central Barangaroo will be publicly available online.

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