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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 hotels 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 Leases 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: Were 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.