Redevelopment plans for the iconic Sydney Fish Market have been lauded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with the $250-million revamp aiming to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating.
The plans illustrate the commitment of UrbanGrowth NSW, Sydney Fish Market, Office of the Government Architect, City of Sydney and other key stakeholders to develop a grand precinct at the head of Blackwattle Bay with sustainability ingrained at its core.
GBCA Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew said the new Sydney Fish Market would be a world-class tourist attraction, with the stunning complex not only reinvigorating the CBD location, but embracing energy efficiency and water and waste-saving measures.
“We applaud the NSW Government, UrbanGrowth NSW and the Sydney Fish market for ensuring the regeneration of the fish market is undertaken with sustainability front-of-mind.
“For such an iconic Sydney attraction to embed environmental and social sustainability as a core function sets a great example for others to follow and represents best-practice.
“It also shows the importance of Green Star and how, increasingly, Sydney’s iconic buildings and precincts are aiming for and achieving certification, such as the Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo and Sydney Airport.
“We are excited to work with the key stakeholders on this monumental project, which will reshape, redefine and reinvigorate Blackwattle Bay.
“The world-class precinct was designed by Danish architects 3XN, who will work in conjunction with Sydney firms BVN and Aspect Studios.
“The design incorporates sustainability features such as energy-efficient environmental design that utilises the sun, greenery and prevailing winds; innovative systems to minimise consumption and utilise waste outputs; productive landscapes and biodiverse aqua-scapes where native flora and fauna will help in the filtration of water and the remediation of soil; and waste being treated as a resource, with the collection and recycling of fish offal.
A sweeping roof has been designed to create a warm and inviting space that will serve to harvest rainwater and capture solar energy.
The Sydney Fish Market redevelopment is part of the transformation of the Bays Precinct, which takes in Rozelle Bay, Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station.
This story was first published in The Fence magazine.