The $200 million facelift of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay is now expected to start in 2023, almost a decade after the upgrade plans were unveiled.
Construction was initially set to commence last year, however, with final government approval yet to be confirmed, the start date has been pushed back a further four years.
Delays to the planning process are said to be due to the nature and location of Circular Quay, or ‘Sydney’s front door’, according to Transport for NSW.
And when NSW Premier at the time, Mike Baird, revealed plans for the major makeover of ‘the international gateway to Australia’ almost five years ago, Transport for NSW gave the green light for two investors to develop designs for the project.
The sale of government assets was said to be funding the $200 million renewal of Circular Quay which may include new finger wharves, an upgraded train station, renewed public spaces and new shops and eateries.
The go-ahead for the redevelopment will be given once the two shortlisted consortia, Plenary Group and CQC Partners finalise their design for the project.
Several project conditions have been set which restrict building heights to go above the Cahill Expressway and also do not allow residential development to be built as part of the renewal program.
The current ferry wharves were built in the 1940s, and the dated transport hub is long overdue improvements, with concepts released back when plans were announced showing two-storey wharves with room for retail facilities.