Pedestrian bridge design open for submissions

The next stage of the Harbourside Shopping Centre redevelopment design, including bridges in the centre of Sydney, has been released by the NSW Department of Planning.

The project at Darling Harbour (Tumbalong) is designed by Snøhetta and Hassell for property developer, Mirvac. The design team collaborated with cultural design and research consultant Danièle Hromek (Djinjama) and Indigenous planting specialist Clarence Slockee (Jiwah) to embed Wangal and Gadigal thinking and narratives into the design.

The plans currently on exhibit are listed as public domain works, landscaping and construction, and operation of the new Bunn Street pedestrian bridge and upgrades to the existing Murray Street pedestrian bridge, according to the department.

Specifically, the “fit-out and use of the open space around the Harbourside proposal” includes the above as well as widening and upgrades to the Waterfront Promenade; embellishments to the building’s interface with Darling Drive; fit-out and use of public elements of the building, including the Bunn Street Steps through-site link, Waterfront Steps, Pyrmont Bridge Steps, and Waterfront Garden; embellishment of the North and South Walks; and opportunities for heritage interpretation and public art.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment Executive Director Anthea Sargeant said public input is vital to inform the detailed design, construction, and operation of the open space element of the mixed-use project that includes a 42-storey tower.

Construction is expected to start this year once approvals are secured, Hassell stated. Around 3000 direct construction jobs are expected to be created during the project. Submissions on the plans will be accepted until 27 September 2023.

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