As one of the first components in the City of Sydney’s vision for the block bounded by Alfred, Pitt, George and Dalley Streets, the EY Centre initiates the creation of a new public square in the centre of the block, connected from George Street by activated laneways, completed through the redevelopment of the surrounding sites. The city’s vision for the site is enhanced through a series of public spaces which create a rich and varied environment both in the interim period whilst the remaining components of the strategy are put into place, and in the longer term with a substantial address onto the new public square.
The building reveals the site’s history and meaning through material sourced from the site, integrated artwork, and interpretive works, while focussing on the quality and amenity of the public domain and its critical role in the city.
Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. We have sought to enhance the joy and beauty of Darling Harbour, one of the most popular public places in Australia, and to do so in a way that imbues it with a sense of quality and permanence.
Darling Quarter is where the western edge of the City and the Park meet and is celebrated in a series of defined public spaces, including a pedestrian boulevard, parklands, gateway, children’s playground and 300 seat theatre, and activated edges lined with cafes and restaurants. It is a place for everyone, for city workers at lunchtime and in the evenings, families, children, the young and old, visitors and locals.
Split at its centre, the new buildings frame and define a new pedestrian street, the Civic Connector, that links Darling Harbour South via Bathurst Street with Town Hall and the very centre of the City.
Liberty Place has created a major new public space for Sydney, reinvigorating a previously neglected portion of the city with a design which gives primacy to the public domain.
The development represents the cohesion of a refurbished heritage building and new buildings, each encompassing the latest in building technology and sustainable innovations, coupled with a sunny and inviting outdoor plaza and revitalised streetscapes.
The through site link, associated laneway and public plaza provides a mid block connection between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets and delivers a unique ground plane experience for visitors and workers.
Bays Market District Masterplan
The next step in the transformation of the Bays Market District is under way, with the appointment of a team of consultants to work on preparing a masterplan for Sydney harbour’s next destination.
fjmt will develop the masterplan, and global engineering and development consultancy firm Mott MacDonald will lead a team including engineers from Royal Haskoning DHV and Arcadis to provide engineering services for the construction of a new Sydney Fish Market. UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation Interim Chief Executive Steve Driscoll welcomed the appointments following successful tender processes.
“The tender processes were extremely competitive, attracting some of the best international and local talent,” said Mr Driscoll. “fjmt and Mott MacDonald are two very talented and capable firms, and we’re very confident they will produce outstanding outcomes for the people of Sydney at the Bays Market District.”
Urban Growth Press Release, 17 July 2017
Norwest City will create an urban-city environment that is connected to transport, technology and the landscape. Norwest City harnesses its direct connection to the new Norwest Station and provides convenient and enjoyable spaces to live, work, shop, dine and gather. It will provide new open and civic public spaces that terrace down to Norwest Lake.
The Norwest City concept proposes a legible and permeable pedestrian focused urban structure, presented in a relaxed and campus-like setting, that extends the surrounding streetscapes. The existing retail centre will be transformed into a rich mix of retail, commercial, residential and public accommodation and facilities that meet the needs of the community.
The design for Norwest City considers its relationship to the heritage Bella Vista Farm Park and embraces the neighbouring buildings and developments including the Norwest Station, Hillsong Church, The Esplanade development and Norwest Lake.
Parliament Square is located directly behind the Tasmanian State Parliament building on the rising topography of Sullivan’s Cove. Bounded by Murray and Davey Streets, and Salamanca Place, the site houses significant heritage buildings from the 1840s through to early 1900s.
Over time, low quality and unsympathetic additions to the rear of sandstone and brick buildings congested the site and limited public access and enjoyment. The Parliament Square project removes invasive structures and opens the heart of the site to new public domain linking Salamanca Place to Murray Street.
We have created a central public space that works as a platform on the side of the falling land, affording outlook over Sullivan’s Cove, offering a level space for community gathering and events. The great ensemble of heritage buildings of Parliament Square is being carefully restored and re-imagined.