THE Barangaroo Delivery Authority last week announced that a team of international and local professionals has been selected to help shape the future of Barangaroo, through the development of a master plan for the central portion of Barangaroo.
Following a national and international search that was launched by the Authority at the end of August last year, a team led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) + Andersen Hunter Horne has been chosen to complete the central Barangaroo master plan.
The 5.2 hectare Barangaroo Central precinct will be located between the new Headland Park at the northern end of Barangaroo and the commercial mixed use area at Barangaroo South.
"We have chosen a team which will ensure central Barangaroo becomes one of the world's best places, with inspirational public places and opportunities for architectural excellence," said John Tabart, CEO of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.
The master plan will seek to create a vision for Barangaroo Central that generates long term flexibility to include a range of cultural, civic, mixed use, commercial, residential and retail opportunities in the city's new waterfront precinct.
According to the Authority, consultation with the Sydney public and stakeholders will form a key element in the development of the master plan.
The successful team described its goal for the master plan as an opportunity to deliver a rich collection of open spaces, cultural uses, offices and apartments promoting excitement and diversity through new century thinking.
"Central Barangaroo's architecture and public places can inspire the world. It can be a place for all Sydneysiders, and a place for the world to come to experience," said Skidmore, Owings & Merrell team leader, Phillip Enquist.
"Our team is diverse, energetic and keen to collaborate with the Government and the community to create a world renowned precinct of substance and delight."
Barangaroo is a 22 hectare former container port that is being transformed into a residential, commercial and public precinct over the next 10 to fifteen years. It has been divided into three areas:
- Barangaroo South - a major business, tourism, residential and retail precinct opening onto a public waterfront promenade being developed by Lend Lease;
- Barangaroo Central - a cultural and civic focal point; and
- Headland Park – a new park, approximately six hectares in size and scheduled to open in 2015. Baulderstone has been selected to construct the park.
The master planning team is expected to commence work this week.
More information on the Barangaroo project is available from <http://www.barangaroo.com/>.