First published in The Sydney Morning Herald October 22, 1994
The old piers and docks of Walsh Bay are to be transformed into a new arts district for Sydney, containing an 1,800-seat lyric theater, performance space, studios and waterfront apartments, as part of the ‘a new plan being considered by the government of New South Wales.
The multi-million dollar redevelopment project would also provide a new harbor-side walkway between Darling Harbor and Circular Quay and expand the successful recycling of Piers 4 and 5, which today house the Sydney Theater Company and the Sydney Dance Company.
It is understood that the plan, proposed by the Managing Director of FAI Insurance, Mr Rodney Adler, has been submitted to the Prime Minister and that a detailed cost and feasibility study has already been prepared by the Melbourne-based company, Staged Developments Australia. .
The designs, which span the entire Walsh Bay area from Millers Point to Dawes Point, show a 160-room boutique hotel on Pier 6 and 7. The old bond stores would be redesigned for a restaurant, shopping complex and retail outlets. detail.
The lyric theater and the 600-seat performing arts space would be built inside pillars 2 and 3 with apartments and a sports club on pillars 8 and 9. Other housing could be built at the ends. vacant north of the site.
The plan recommends that parking be limited to the lower levels of existing and new buildings located on the shore.
Last night, Prime Minister Fahey said the government was preparing to issue a call for expressions of interest for the redevelopment of the Walsh Bay compound.
“The area has long been neglected and is essentially a missing link between Darling Harbor and Circular Quay,” he said. “The Office of Economic Development has now established an interdepartmental working group that will examine a range of issues related to the proposed redevelopment.