Lend Lease downsizes Barangaroo plans

June 16, 2010

Developer Lend Lease scales back its controversial $6 billion proposal for Barangaroo.

Lend Lease, the chosen developer for the Barangaroo site in Sydney Harbour, has revised its plans for the $6 billion redevelopment project following a lengthy period of consultation.

The revised plan includes a significant reduction to the height of the hotel – from 213m to 159m. The hotel, together with the pier, has been moved north along the site “to better connect with the shore… and improve the hotel’s connection with the public realm.”

The length of the pier has been reduced to 85m in length, down from 150m; while the precinct’s cultural building has been redesigned and relocated in order to frame a new waterfront public space.

One of the commercial towers has been removed from Lend Lease’s original scheme, reducing the number of towers from four to three.

Public space has been redesigned in order to provide better connections with the CBD and within the development zone. Lend Lease said that the new scheme would provide a 5 percent increase in public space than was envisaged in the current concept plan.

The approved masterplan for the development – unveiled in December 2009 – was drawn up by UK firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Aspect Studios (Landscape Architects) and local architects PTW, FJMT and LAVA.

The plans faced fierce criticism when they were revealed, with residents and design experts objecting to the scale of the development and the height of the buildings, which exceeded building height restrictions in the area.

The presentation of the revised plans comes at the end of a six month consultation period. The Barangaroo Delivery Authority organised a public consultation to gather feedback from Sydney residents and businesses in early 2010, while experts in urban design and architecture proposed refinements to the scheme.

David Hutton, Group Head of Development for Lend Lease, said the developers were “committed to making [Baragaroo] the best it can possibly be for future residents, workers and visitors to enjoy.”

In a statement, Hutton said: “We’re creating a world class, sustainable extension to the city that delivers new public amenities and infrastructure, and returns the Barangaroo waterfront back to public use. We are confident these design refinements will ensure Barangaroo South is an iconic new place for Sydney.”

The revised concept design will be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning in July. A new website has been launched, enabling interested parties to find out more about the new design and the status of the planning process.

  • Lynette de la Vega (Architect) March 10th, 2011 5:55 am

    Interesting choice of scale, perspective and view in the artist’s impressions- all tricks employed to maximize the appearance of the building blending into the huge mass of existing high-rise behind. It is truly deceptive. Frankly, if the building was a beautiful piece of sculpture then it wouldn’t rely on trickery and it would be welcome over the water or on the land. It would speak for itself! Surely it is possible to design something that we Sydneysiders can enjoy forever. We have so much talent in Australia why do we continue to ignore that and look overseas!! We have to have the guts to build something beautiful. The city deserves it and yet we continue to build such bad architecture. What harbour in the world compares to Sydney Harbour? At least I am proud of my Great Uncle Bradfield who designed the Harbour Bridge!

  • Berkshire Review March 11th, 2011 6:19 am

    On the deceptive renderings, this report by the City of Sydney (pdf, 10mb) is well done (and of course ignored). You don’t have to be a photographer to know that the rendering from Pyrmont Bridge was not taken with a normal lens:

    It is just one more thing they got away with…

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