Multiplying the piling

The piling on the construction site of the new Sydney Fish Market is impressive at its sheer size, built in and over the water at Blackwattle Bay close to Sydney’s CBD

Multiplex, its main works contractor began work in June 2021 following Hansen Yuncken’s prepatory work as the stage one contractor. The controlled demolition of the existing wharves and support structure onsite, removal of marine piles, and repairs to the existing sea wall were all done by Hansen Yuncken before handing over the project to Multiplex.

David Ghannoum, regional managing director of Multiplex, says the project is a game-changer with its award-winning design by architects 3XN. The development has created 700 construction jobs.

Comprising a four-storey structure, the central building is surrounded by several external precincts such as foreshore promenades, wharves, outdoor eating areas, and road upgrade works to Bridge Road. The building itself will house retail premises, wholesale facilities, auction rooms, commercial space, as well as vehicle parking spaces, plant and recycling/waste management facilities.

The new Sydney Fish Market will open in 2024, but you can view a current aerial flyover of the site from 22 October 2002 herewhich shows piling and the extensive over-water site.

Multiplex is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. It was established in Perth in 1962 as a small construction firm by John Roberts AO and now has around 2600 staff worldwide. The company was presciently named after the echinopsis multiplex cactus, which is known to multiply rapidly.

Image source: Still from YouTube video in article link.

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Desi Corbett

Desi is the Editor of Concrete in Australia and at the helm of our magazine for 8 years. She was behind the Institute's weekly news bulletins from 2016-2021 and is now writing our focused news items. Desi has been an engineering news and features journalist/editor across all disciplines since 2013 - part of a 30-year career writing for a wide range of industries.