Time to get your thinking caps on for The Bays Precinct, Sydney!
Time to get your thinking caps on for The Bays Precinct, Sydney!

Time to get your thinking caps on for The Bays Precinct, Sydney!

A “Call for Great Ideas” has been launched, inviting Sydneysiders, industry organisations, prospective tenants, owners, residents, workers and visitors, educational institutions and students, and creative people from all disciplines to submit their ‘Great Ideas’ for the transformation of The Bays Precinct.

An independent expert panel has been appointed to impartially assess the Great Ideas, led by former mayor of Christchurch, Sir Bob Parker, who oversaw the initial response and rebuilding of the city after the 2010 - 2011 earthquake sequence.

“The assessment of ideas by the independent panel of experts will ensure a robust and fair process that will allow us to assemble the very best of ideas from across Sydney, Australia and beyond,” said UrbanGrowth NSW Chief Executive, David Pitchford.

“This is not a procurement or bid process, and nor is it a design competition. It is a genuine attempt to promote engagement in the transformation process, and to make sure we have the best ideas to help us with our planning – whether they are ideas from seven year olds or world-leading architects.

“The Great Ideas that prove to be viable and that demonstrate world-class thinking will inform the Transformation Plan and future procurement process,” added Mr Pitchford.

Sir Bob said the opportunities in the transformation of the Bays Precinct create a unique legacy moment in the evolution of Sydney.

“This is a pleasingly open and transparent opportunity for Sydneysiders to take part in a consultation that will shape the future of their great City. It is superb - and correct - that the views, ideas and creativity of the people are to be given a prominent role in the process,” Sir Bob said.

The evaluation criteria address the ambition and objectives for the immediate priorities identified in Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct discussion paper, on which UrbanGrowth NSW is currently seeking feedback from the community.

“At the recent Sydneysiders Summit, we presented the objectives and possible uses for different parts of The Bays Precinct in Transforming City Living: The Bays Precinct, and asked people to tell us what they think. In addition to coming up with Great Ideas, we’re also asking people to comment on the discussion paper, and they have the next six weeks to do so,” added Mr Pitchford.

The Call for Great Ideas seeks proposals on the future use, direction and opportunities for four destinations in The Bays Precinct:

  • Bays Waterfront Promenade
  • Bays Market District
  • White Bay Power Station
  • White Bay including White Bay Cruise Terminal

UrbanGrowth NSW will be holding briefings for industry and the community, starting in the second week of June, with details available at: www.thebayssydney.com.au.

The Call for Great Ideas is open from 25 May to 20 July 2015.