Sydney’s largest urban regeneration project, Barangaroo South, has been awarded the Property Council of Australia’s RLB NSW Development of the Year.
Barangaroo South commenced construction in October 2011 and has staged completions through to 2023, with the first stage now complete. The precinct will eventually accommodate 23,000 office workers, 2,000 residents, a six-star hotel and 80-plus cafes, bars, restaurants and retail outlets across 535,000sqm of gross floor area.
“Barangaroo South has transformed Sydney with a unique blend of architectural styles and mixed uses which bring people to the precinct day and night,” says the Property Council’s NSW executive director, Jane Fitzgerald.
Among the standout buildings in the precinct is International House Sydney, Australia’s first engineered timber commercial building. The retail offering comprises 85 retail stores and some 18,000 sqm of GLA, delivering Sydney’s highest concentration of food and beverage delivered in any one precinct.
According to RLB (Rider Levett Bucknall)’s managing director Matthew Harris, Barangaroo South is a test-bed for world-leading sustainability.
“Barangaroo South aims to be Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral precinct, and every aspect has been considered from a sustainability angle, from the design of the buildings and public domain to the materials used and the social impact the development will have on Sydney,” says Harris.
“As one of select group chosen by the C40 Cities/Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program, Barangaroo South is shaping up as an international sustainability showcase.”