New fish market project lures top talent to The Bays
New fish market project lures top talent to The Bays

New fish market project lures top talent to The Bays

Design consortiums from Australia, the United States and Europe recently vyed for the opportunity to design Sydney’s new fish market at Glebe.

Located at the head of Blackwattle Bay, the project is one of eight key destinations that form The Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

UrbanGrowth NSW received more than 60 submissions from architectural and design companies across Australia and internationally, from which six groups were shortlisted and invited to submit tenders to design the new Sydney Fish Market.

The shortlist included consortiums with architects and designers based in Sydney, Melbourne, Copenhagen, New York, Boston and London.

“It is exciting to see designers of such calibre putting their names forward for this once-in-a-generation opportunity to rejuvenate the iconic Sydney Fish Market and create a world class food and dining destination on Sydney’s inner harbour,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Head of Projects Portfolio, Barry Mann.

“We expect to select and announce a designer in May 2017, and to have a draft design released for public comment later in the year.”

Construction of the new market is expected to begin in late 2018.

Separately, UrbanGrowth NSW issued an ROI for urban designers to develop a masterplan for the Bays Market District in February, which will take in the existing Sydney Fish Market project, land along Bank Street Pyrmont and the connections with the new Sydney Fish Market, Wentworth Park and the Bays Waterfront Promenade.

We expect to appoint an urban designer mid-year.

“A new state of the art fish market at the head of Blackwattle Bay frees up the current site to be part of a new mixed-use development,” said Mr Mann.

“The masterplan could include new residential units, including key worker housing as well as public spaces and a new waterfront promenade.

“This is in line with our mandate to improve housing supply across the Greater Sydney metropolitan area.

“The masterplanning process will involve consultation with the community.”

UrbanGrowth NSW also released the names of five companies shortlisted to provide engineering services for the project.

Shortlist of designers for Sydney Fish Market

  • 3XN with GXN (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Hayball Architecture, Sasaki Associates, Juliana Engberg (NYC, Melbourne, Boston) 
  • FJMT Studio with Grieg & Stephenson Architects, Martha Schwartz Partners, Future City (Sydney, London, NYC)
  • Populous with Ramboll, Chrofi, Future Food, West 8, Amanda Sharrad, Semi Permanent (Sydney, Copenhagen, NYC)
  • Terroir with REX Architecture, Spackman Mossop & Michaels, Latz + Partner, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Institute of Sustainable Futures, ARUP, Thylacine (Sydney, NYC) 
  • Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Taylor Culity Lethlean, JMD Design, Gehl People, B720 Arquitectos, AR-MA, Paul Apostles, Callum Morton (Sydney, Copenhagen)

Shortlist of engineers for Sydney Fish Market

  • ARUP (UK)
  • Mott Macdonald (UK)
  • Robert Bird Group with SMEC (Aus) 
  • WSP Buildings (Canada) with TLB Engineers (Aus)

About the ROI for designers for Sydney Fish Market

The registration of interest (ROI) process for designers, which closed in December 2016, sought designers with extensive experience in delivering creative and innovative projects that are sustainable and sensitive to the surrounding community and environment.

Proponents underwent rigorous assessment by an evaluation committee including the Office of the Government Architect, City of Sydney and an independent architect.

About the ROI for urban designers for the Bays Market District

 The ROI for urban designers closed on 13 March 2017.

 The registration of interest (ROI) for urban designers sought firms with experience and expertise in developing clear and considered spatial masterplans for complex urban renewal projects.

 Each ROI was assessed by an evaluation committee, which included the Office of the Government Architect, City of Sydney and UrbanGrowth NSW. Suitable proponents have been invited to tender for the project.

About UrbanGrowth NSW

UrbanGrowth NSW is the NSW Government’s city transformation agency. Our ambition is to drive world class urban renewal that delivers sustainable housing and jobs growth and improves the liveability of our urban spaces. We collaborate with our government, private and community stakeholders to deliver projects that create a globally competitive Sydney and NSW. 

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