Linking Millers Point to Barangaroo
Better pedestrian links between historic Millers Point and the new Barangaroo precinct make it easier for Sydneysiders, city workers and visitors to enjoy the new Barangaroo Reserve.
The City's $7.3 million revitalisation program includes wider footpaths, more green space, improved lighting and new sandstone steps, which have been designed to respect the important heritage status of Millers Point.
The heritage precinct, formerly a working wharf with roads designed for trucks, has been transformed to reflect that the area is no longer industrial while celebrating its historic nature.
The Dalgety Road, Munn, Bettington and Argyle streets intersection near the Palisade Hotel was pivotal in the area's social history as a focus for waterside workers and the local community.
Local heritage has been recognised with new sandstone blocks on a section of Dalgety Road marking the remnants of a convict wall.
Sandstone steps in the nearby Munn Street Reserve have also been inscribed with verses of the Millers Point Mob children's song, which local kids of the period used to sing out as they walked through the city.
While new signs provide better pedestrian wayfinding and highlight the area's other historical points of interest.
The large-scale urban development of Barangaroo is supervised by the state government. Formerly known as Darling Harbour east, the site is located along the harbour between King Street Wharf and Walsh Bay.
Open public space and new water areas will cover 50% of the 22 hectare site. Residential, retail and commercial buildings will eventually cater for up to 23,000 workers and 3,500 residents.
Plans for the area include a high-rise hotel, the location of which is being reviewed by Lend Lease – the developer for Barangaroo South precinct.
The City supports the redevelopment of this important site within central Sydney however we have lobbied the state government about our concerns around some aspects of this project. Some of the City’s proposed changes include:
- moving the proposed hotel further back on land and within the original site boundaries
- affordable housing for at least 10% of residences
- no further gross floor area increases of proposed buildings
- building designs that increase winter sunlight and reduce wind tunnel effects
- better public parks, wider streets and improved public access
- building height adjustments to reduce overshadowing to the south of the site.
A hub for the financial services sector this major new extension of the city centre will also include apartments, a major hotel, shops, cafes, restaurants and cultural venues. A pedestrian link will connect Barangaroo South with public transport at Wynyard and the city centre.
Commercial spaces are expected to sit alongside public facilities like parks and public spaces in the last part of the Barangaroo development. Community spaces could include areas for festivals, entertainment and arts and culture.
The foreshore park at the northern end of Barangaroo where the site meets Millers Point covers 6 hectares of sprawling space open to the public. Barangaroo Reserve will become a new destination for locals and visitors to enjoy a slice of Sydney Harbour after it opened to the public on 22 August 2015.
Last updated: Tuesday, 8 December 2015