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Darling Harbour Masterplan

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority


About the project
The Darling Quarter, located on Harbour Street, adjacent to Tumbalong Park and the Chinese Garden, will feature a new complex with more than 5,000 Commonwealth Bank employees, a new pedestrian links from Darling Harbour to Town Hall, the station and Chinatown and a rejuvenated retail precinct with 5,000 sq. m of retail space.

The Sydney Multifunctional Convention and Entertainment Centre (SMCEC) will be constructed on the site of the existing Entertainment car park. It will feature a dedicated conference and entertainment auditorium capable of hosting up to 12,000 conference delegates with fixed seating capacity of 6,000 people and a mutli-purpose hall with 8,000 to 12,000 sq. m capacity. It is also the driving force behind the precinct’s rejuvenation.

Housing the Commonwealth Bank and developed by Lend Lease, the building and fit-out are capable of achieving a 72% reduction in carbon emissions in operation when compared to the average performance of typical existing office buildings in Australia. It has an innovative mix of commercial and retail functions along with an integrated public domain. Central to the success of this project has been the establishment of a CBD campus and the introduction of Activity Based Working (ABW).

Australia’s largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue, a hotel plus a new urban neighbourhood in Haymarket in a renewed Darling Harbour.

In addition to delivering new world­ class events facilities, the transformation of a 20­hectare precinct at Darling Harbour is also a major urban renewal project for the city. It involves improving public spaces plus creating a new city neighbourhood that extends the energy and vibrancy of Chinatown. Improved pedestrian connections through the precinct will better integrate Darling Harbour with the city, Pyrmont, Ultimo and Haymarket. The cosmopolitan neighbourhood in Haymarket will be humming with life seven days a week.