Darling Harbour is already home to some of Sydney’s most iconic hotspots and it’s welcomed a few more this year in the form of the long-awaited IMAX and the world’s largest W Hotel. Now the city’s harbourside destination is getting its very own revamp with the NSW government announcing a redevelopment plan dubbed Darling Harbour 2050 Vision. With the goal of turning the 1980s icon into a “modern and thriving destination for the next generation of visitors”, the State Significant Development (SSD) will see $764.5 million put towards the ambitious venture. As part of the project, development and management property group Mirvac will contribute $5.2 million towards affordable housing in the area right up to Pyrmont.
Darling Harbour 2050 Vision
The project will include the demolition of the original Harbourside building which will be replaced by a 50-storey residential and commercial building. Further development will include more waterfront areas and greener spaces.
Sustainable design and community participation will take centrestage when the project kicks off with over 1100 participants engaging in an online survey, pop-up stalls and focus groups to give their inputs.
“Darling Harbour is the third most visited destination in NSW and so many of us have celebrated big moments there,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said.
“The NSW Government is focussed on continuing to rejuvenate this iconic part of Sydney’s harbour foreshore, and to drive more housing in well-connected locations.”