Community input invited for Sydney's Circular Quay Renewal

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
31 August 2020

Transport for NSW is consulting with the community about the renewal of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay, a flagship project supported by Arup.

Now in the early design development phase, the renewal will create better public spaces and transport infrastructure along the globally recognised foreshore.

Working in collaboration with architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Arup’s multidisciplinary team is providing advice on both creating a more connected and active precinct and upgrading the busy ferry wharves. The Arup team covers more than 30 technical disciplines including engineering, environmental, sustainability, planning, security and transport specialists.

With the support of specialist sub-consultants, Arup is working to improve the flow and movement of people within this public, commercial and residential area.

TfNSW says the community feedback will help shape the early designs. The project will then move into detailed design and statutory planning.

The project’s vision statement is ‘Australia’s waterfront to the world’, with TfNSW describing Circular Quay as currently ‘tired’. “Its public spaces do not meet the expectations of customers or the standards of a global city like Sydney. Its infrastructure is ageing and costly to maintain; and it won’t support future demand for services.

Circular Quay Sydney at night Circular Quay Sydney at night
The project’s vision statement is ‘Australia’s waterfront to the world’ according to TfNSW

The project will open connections and views to Sydney’s many renowned destinations for the continued celebration of the city’s natural beauty, heritage and culture. The best known building in the Circular Quay vicinity is the World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House

TfNSW has developed six principles to help make Circular Quay a great experience: these cover accessibility, flow, respect for history, vitality, nature and authenticity as a working harbour. It is seeking ideas on how these principles could work, and shared memories. More information is available here, or you can email your ideas to [email protected].