projects for a A $2.5 billion scheme for Central Barangaroo on Sydney Harbor has been released under a project development agreement between the New South Wales government and developer Aqualand.

Central Barangaroo will be the final chapter in the development of the 22 hectare foreshore. London-based David Chipperfield Architects, alongside Australian firms Durbach Block Jaggers, Smart Design Studio and John Wardle Architects, was commissioned in August 2021 to design the buildings and surrounding spaces.

Central Barangaroo will provide a “bridge” between the Barangaroo Reserve and the commercial district of Barangaroo South.

Picture: Aqualand

Plans for the precinct reveal a mid-rise development, with provisions for a tower approximately 20 stories above the station. This includes “campus-style offices” that open onto a riverside park, as well as a limited number of residential apartments at the northern end of the compound with views of the harbour.

According to Aqualand Project Director, Rod McCoy, Central Barangaroo will link the Barangaroo Reserve to the commercial district of Barangaroo South.

Accessibility is one of the key tenets of Central Barangaroo’s development, McCoy said, with Central Barangaroo providing a major new starting point for the developed Sydney Metro station.

The compound will include campus-style offices and a new cultural venue.

The compound will include campus-style offices and a new cultural venue.

Picture: Aqualand

“The delivery of the new tube station, new ferry docks on the Barangaroo foreshore, new pedestrian links to Millers Point, Walsh Bay and the Rocks, and connections back into the city via Wynyard Walk and Gas Lane , will make this area one of the most accessible and connected places for workers, residents and visitors to Australia,” he said.

The development has been a source of friction between the state government, local residents and Sydney City Council, due to the scale of the development and its ‘privatisation’ of the public foreshore. Aqualand’s latest plans include improved public amenities.

“Central Barangaroo will include a new two-hectare riverfront park for visitors and locals to enjoy and delivers on the long-standing promise that more than half of the Barangaroo compound is accessible open public space,” McCoy said. . The remaining half will include workplaces, apartments, commercial spaces, cultural venues and a metro station.

Plans also include a new cultural and lifestyle district at Nawi Cove, which McCoy says will “serve as a cultural and lifestyle gateway that celebrates coming to the city and Sydney’s Western Harbor foreshore. “.

McCoy added: “Our goal is to create a truly exceptional, beautiful, welcoming neighborhood for all, with a variety of well-designed indoor and outdoor public spaces that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.”

Central Barangaroo is delivered as part of the massive redevelopment of the Barangaroo Foreshore. Previously a disused shipping container terminal, the development aims to radically transform the foreshore into a cultural, residential, commercial and civic hub.

According to Aqualand, the planning application for Central Barangaroo is expected to go public shortly by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment.

The Central Barangaroo developments are expected to be completed following the opening of Barangaroo Sydney Underground Station, which is scheduled to open in 2024.