Towering plans for Darling Harbour, despite city’s concerns
Sydney Morning Herald, Issue: 19 June 2013
High-rise towers up to 40 storeys tall and a town square as big as Martin Place would be built at Haymarket under detailed plans revealed on Wednesday. It comes despite calls from the City of Sydney for one tower to be deleted because the buildings are too close together and would overshadow the street, block views and create a “wind tunnel” effect. A $2.5 billion remake of Darling Harbour has been proposed, including rebuilt exhibition, convention and entertainment centres and a new residential neighbourhood. The architectural merit and scale of the redevelopment has been hotly debated. Plans lodged by Lend Lease provide the first detailed look at the residential buildings proposed at 40, 25 and 8 storeys, student accommodation on Darling Drive and a commercial building aimed at IT businesses. The Sydney Entertainment Centre would be demolished to make way for the project.