New Sydney Fish Market to be developed

Published: 10 Nov 2016

The world's best design and engineering experts are invited to register their interest in designing a new Sydney Fish Market.

A new $250 million fish market will be developed at Blackwattle Bay on a site adjacent the current Sydney Fish Market under a scheme expected to double visitors to one of the city’s biggest attractions.

The NSW Government is calling for registrations of interest from the world’s best design and engineering experts to produce an iconic fish and produce market. Designers and engineers with extensive experience in delivering creative and innovative projects that are sustainable and sensitive to the surrounding community and environment should register their interest. The design review panel will include the NSW Government Architect, City of Sydney and an independent architect.

The new markets will:

  • be constructed at Blackwattle Bay with levels under the waterline
  • have wharves that offer mooring space for the city’s fishing fleet and recreational vessels
  • restore public access from Wentworth Park through to the waterfront
  • offer 35,000 square metres of floorspace – more than double the present size of the Fish Market
  • grow from the present 6,582 square metres to 15,500 square metres with seafood sales complemented by additional fresh produce lines
  • include outdoor dining seating for more than 3,000 guests (and may include a rooftop bar)
  • be offset by a mixed-use development on the site of the present fish market and car park
  • not affect Wentworth Park
  • not include any residential development.
  • Construction of the new fish market is expected to commence in late 2018. Existing operations will continue at the present site.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said theSydney Fish Market is already one of Sydney’s great attractions but our world-famous harbour deserved something even better.

“As part of this plan, brand new, world-class food and dining facilities will be built on Sydney Harbour – creating a haven for foodies and tourists," Mr Baird said.

“More than three million people visit the fish market every year and after the development of a new market that figure is expected to double.”

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