Central Barangaroo development area balloons

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Central Barangaroo development area balloons
The maximum amount of Central Barangaroo floor space available for development has more than doubled since 2010

The NSW Government’s announcement of a new tender for the design and development of Central Barangaroo, the third and final section of the controversial $6 billion project, has revealed a sharp jump in the maximum amount of developable floor space compared to earlier proposals.

Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, who played an influential role on the project’s Design Excellence Review Panel during its early stages, told the Sydney Morning Herald the addition of more developable floor space could be, “squeezing the lemon too hard.”

A masterplan for the central section of the site, designed by US architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Sydney firm Andersen Hunter Horne, will guide the development of the 5.2-hectare area, which sits in between Barangaroo Reserve and Barangaroo South.

A key element of the $1 billion Central Barangaroo project will be the design and construction of an underground train station, Barangaroo Sydney Metro Station, which NSW Premier Mike Baird has linked to an increase in gross developable floor space.

“The inclusion of a Sydney Metro station demands a bold design – we are inviting the world’s-best to deliver a project of global significance for Sydney,” Baird said.

In August 2014, five companies were shortlisted during a tender process for Central Barangaroo, but the recent incorporation of Barangaroo Sydney Metro Station sparked a fresh expressions of interest process. […]

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