NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week announced that three companies have been invited to tender for the construction of the new Barangaroo Ferry Hub, which will cater for thousands of people expected to travel to Sydney's newest commercial district.
"The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering the transport infrastructure needed to support the historic Barangaroo development," Mr Constance said.
"Barangaroo is expected to accommodate up to 23,000 office workers and attract up to 33,000 visitors per day when complete, and the ferry hub will be a vital connection to this key destination.
"As well as catering for residents and workers, the new ferry hub will service people wanting to access the area on weekends and for major events around Sydney Harbour such as New Years Eve and the Vivid Festival.
"Following a Registration of Interest process, three Australia-based organisations have been shortlisted and invited to tender for the construction of the new ferry hub.
"Each of the shortlisted tenderers brings significant experience working on similar scale projects across the country."
The three shortlisted tenderers are:
- Ertech Pty Ltd;
- McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd; and
- Waterway Constructions Pty Ltd.
The contract includes the construction of two ferry wharves featuring fully accessible pontoons, seated waiting areas, weather protection, real-time service information and electronic ticketing using the Opal card. A third wharf will be constructed in the future when demand increases.
Subject to planning approval and contract award, construction of the Barangaroo Ferry Hub is expected to begin in the middle of this year and open to customers in 2016.