5 Of The Best Sydney Developments Of 2014


Currently 4.7 million people call Sydney home and this number is only tipped to grow.

According to the

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) the population is expected to double within the next fifty years placing pressure on town planners, engineers and developers to design adequate cities and infrastructure able to cope with the influx of people.

New developments are constantly being planned for different parts of the city. This list features five current developments that are happening in different areas of Sydney.
1. Darling Square by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and others


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Lend Leases's Darling Square is expected to set a new standard for urban living, promoting health, wellbeing, liveability and greener ways to travel with car sharing and bike storage on site.

Different living options are available including high-rise sky homes and boutique apartments that overlook Darling Square.

A commercial centre is also proposed for Darling Square, which will provide new business opportunities, a diversity of people and will also become a hotspot for creative industries and business acumen.

Bordering streets and laneways will help to connect to neighbouring areas including Chinatown and the CBD.
2. Barangaroo Redevelopment by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partner and others

Barangaroo South

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The plans for the redevelopment of Lend Lease's Barangaroo started a few years ago in 2009, with the idea to turn the area into a completely new city and connect it to the west waterfront.

Six acres of the area will be redeveloped and used for residential, commercial, business, cultural and hotel uses.

A strong emphasis is being placed on public transport in the area, and tracks to encourage walking and bike riding throughout the community.

The new area will provide the space for 1,500 new homes to go in. There are also plans to include a new building nine metres above the pier with a further 40-storeys above that, making it the first major structure for the Sydney Harbour since the Opera House.
3. 20 Martin Place by Crone Partners, in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates.

20 Martin Place Exterior

20 Martin Place Exterior[/caption]

The new building going in at 20 Martin Place in Pembroke is set to give the current building a completely new look. With Crone Partners being in charge while working in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, the building includes end of trip facilities.

The Pembroke Real Estate property will include 138 lockers, 13 showers, a drying room, as well as 119 bike spaces. There are also 23 basement parking spaces available, an outdoor terrace that overlooks Martin Place.

Located in the CBD, 20 Martin Place includes approximately 3,150 square meters of prime retail space and includes highly visible shop signs to increase traffic into shopping areas.

The building, which is leased through Pembroke Real Estate, has been designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating and 5 Star Green Star As-Built Rating.

In order to achieve that it includes water conservation measures, lighting controls and greening of lower level roof terraces. It also included overlapping glass to create an effect similar to that of shingles.
4. 333 George Street by Crone Partners, in collaboration with Grimshaw Architects.

333 George St Exterior

333 George St Exterior[/caption]

The 17-storey building located in the middle of the Sydney CBD has been designed to keep the architectural heritage that the city holds.

The Charter Hall building comes off a three-storey podium and the minimal design of the building features an array of rooftop garden terraces.

In order to help save electricity, each level has floor to ceiling glass that allows natural light into the building. The building has also been designed with the aim of achieving a 5 Star Green Star and a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating.

333 George has been designed to allow for 2,100 square metres of retail space at the base of it.

The planners and developers are hoping that international shops included will help to boost tourism and help the area become known internationally for its shopping destination. Also included in the building will be business office spaces over the remaining floors.
5. 33 Bligh Street by Fitzpatrick and Partners, in collaboration with Kannfinch.


Developers Ausgrid and Investa are hoping to make 33 Bligh street into a new building type, by combining a new city zone electricity substation with a commercial building.

The substation is a highly sculptured podium of a similar historic nature to its surrounding neighbours. Above the podium is a public plaza, which acts to separate the podium and the tower.

The building has been designed to be one of the most significant modern buildings in Sydney’s CBD.

The design has also included multiple sustainability features such as solar panelling on the roof, natural ventilation of courtyards and the public plaza, low energy lighting, reuse of rainwater that is collected and includes a low maintenance façade system and low E glazing.

The design that has been put forward has been made in the hopes of improving the infrastructure of the city and also achieving a successful commercial outcome. The project is currently in the design concept stage.

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