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Circular Quay Renewal, Sydney

Shaping Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay

Arup is working alongside Transport for New South Wales and the New South Wales Government as a Technical Advisor on Sydney’s Circular Quay Renewal program – exploring ways to help this globally-recognised location realise its full potential and remain a vibrant and exciting destination for generations to come.

Nestled between the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay is one of Australia’s most significant historical and cultural precincts as well as a key transport interchange, and a major contributor to Sydney’s economy and tourism industry. 

With numbers of visitors to Circular Quay forecast to grow by more than 40 per cent by 2041, Arup’s multi-disciplinary team is working with Transport for NSW to advise on designs for upgraded ferry wharves and to plan for the creation of a more connected and active precinct.

In collaboration with architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Arup has contributed to a clear design vision and produced concept technical designs for the Circular Quay Renewal. Our team will continue to contribute advice across more than 30 technical disciplines – exploring design options and producing briefing information on technical aspects related to the preparation of a final business case and Structured Market Engagement (SME) process.


Project Summary

20m visitors per year to Circular Quay by 2041

86mpublic and active transport trips per year by 2041

Arup is honoured to be working closely with Transport for NSW on the planning and design for this renewal project. Circular Quay is one of the most recognisable harbour foreshores in the world – and it is with a sense of both privilege and great responsibility that we design for the future of this precinct. ”

Richard Sharp Dr Richard Sharp Principal

Drawing on our engineering, environmental, sustainability, planning, security and transport teams, Arup, with the support of specialist sub-consultants, is working to improve the flow and movement of people within this active public and commercial area. 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.

“We are excited to be working with TFNSW in developing a vision for a more sustainable and resilient Circular Quay,” said Roger Swinbourne, Arup’s Sustainability Lead for the project.

“After Arup’s involvement with the design and development of the Opera House which has such a strong legacy for Sydney, it is exciting to now be working on the transformation of Circular Quay to a future focussed world class destination that meets the needs of future Sydney transport as well as the regional and global visitors that it will serve and inspire.”

Read more about the Circular Quay Renewal program.

Circular Quay is an active hub – for tourism, travel, arts and culture, and business – and this understandably creates complexity. We have mobilised our multidisciplinary team to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to design and plan for a well-connected, vibrant precinct both during and after. ”

David Dack David Dack Associate Principal | Maritime – Australasia Leader