Piling works start on Sydney Fish Market redevelopment

Marine foundation piling works are starting on the “highly complex build” of the new Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay on the edge of the city’s CBD.

This follows the removal of 800 existing piles from the seabed, revetment wall works, and land-based shoring wall piling to prepare the site for construction, according to Infrastructure NSW.

More than 400 piles will now be installed to support the new structure that includes a four-storey market hall, ferry wharf and adjacent waterfront promenade. Other works on-site include the installation of sheet piles for the cofferdam works.

Marine piling works will continue throughout 2022, with construction of the main structure earmarked from 2021 to mid-2024. Under the state government’s COVID-19 policy, work is also being carried out on Sundays and public holidays in 2021 to make up for time lost from the construction pause.

Around 700 jobs are expected to be created during construction and previously inaccessible harbour-front land will be unlocked for community use, the NSW Government revealed.

Design and Construct Contractor, Multiplex, described the design of the new Sydney Fish Market as “innovative” with its distinctive wave-shaped and scale-patterned roof as well as saying it is a “highly complex project” due to the structure’s build under and over Blackwattle Bay. It was designed by 3XN in collaboration with GXN, BVN, Aspect Studios and WallnerWeiss.

Image: A new artist illustration of the project. Source: NSW Government.

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