The final design for Sydney’s new fish market at the southern end of Blackwattle Bay has been unveiled, and is expected to begin construction next year.
The proposal also includes new public wharves, a waterfront promenade, a new ferry stop along with plans to expand public access to Sydney Harbour and foreshore.
Plans for the new fish market, and its $250 million price tag, were announced in 2016, but it’s understood the final cost could be north of this figure.
A spokesperson said the final redevelopment figure would be subject to the business case, and subsequently a tender process.
UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation is leading the project on behalf of the NSW government.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the purpose-built retail and wholesale facility will be positioned over the water as the centrepiece of a new precinct.
“The Sydney Fish Market currently attracts more visitors annually than the Great Barrier Reef and accounts for around 20 per cent of international visitors to the Sydney region,” Berejiklian said.
“It’s already the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, trading approximately 14,500 tonnes of seafood per year.”
The design was commissioned last year and is led by Danish architects 3XN, in partnership with Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios.
The building will feature a timber and aluminium roof inspired by fish scales that will float over the building.
“Relocating the fish market to the new site will return Blackwattle Bay’s foreshore to the public, improve pedestrian and cycling links and connect more of Pyrmont to the water as part of the long-awaited revitalisation of the area,” Berejiklian said.
Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said the new facility will stimulate a new wave of development on the Pyrmont peninsular.
“The new fish markets will release land on the current market site for redevelopment and this can lead to a ripple effect,” Johnson said.
The venue will be home to an expanded seafood cooking school, food kiosks, restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces for social events.
Sydney Fish Market will continue to operate during construction of the new facility, which is expected to begin mid-2019, subject to approvals.
The new venue is expected to open in 2023.