TOWER FOR DAR­LING HARBOUR

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PLANS for an­other ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment at Dar­ling Harbour have been re­vealed, this time fo­cussed on the Cockle Bay Wharf precinct fac­ing the new In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Syd­ney (ICC Syd­ney).

An ap­pli­ca­tion lodged with the NSW Depart­ment of Plan­ning shows a pro­posal for a 235m tower and re­tail com­plex on the city side of the bay, fea­tur­ing restau­rants, bars, shop­ping out­lets and pub­lic spa­ces on an open rooftop (pic­tured).

The ex­ist­ing com­plex, which was opened in 1998 and in­cludes the Dock­side events venue, would be de­mol­ished un­der the pro­posal.

A spokesper­son for the Dock­side Group told Business

Events News it was too early to say what the im­pact of the pro­posal would be, how­ever the venue would re­main open in the medium term.

“It is business as usual for Dock­side and we are ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds,” the spokesper­son said.

The tower plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is now open for pub­lic com­ment and says the devel­op­ment would “vastly im­prove” pedes­trian ac­cess and con­nec­tiv­ity with sev­eral neigh­bour­ing ar­eas of the city.

It in­cludes a land bridge to cover the ex­ist­ing West­ern Dis­trib­u­tor mo­tor­way and link the site to the west­ern CBD.

The lat­est pro­posal joins other projects around Dar­ling Harbour in plan­ning or un­der construction, in­clud­ing a lux­ury ho­tel for the for­mer IMAX the­atre site, a new Sof­i­tel tower along­side ICC Syd­ney, a high-rise Ritz-Carl­ton at The Star Syd­ney and James Packer’s Crown Syd­ney at Baranga­roo.

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