Darling Harbour Goes Live

Construction has started on the transformation of Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia.

A large part of the project is known as Darling Harbour Live and will deliver a $1B development of three distinct, world-class venues for convention, exhibition and entertainment, designed by the joint venture HASSELL + Populous.

HASSELL Fellow, Ken Maher said it was a rare opportunity to design a significant new quarter of Australia’s best-known city.

“This project will extend the urban fabric of Sydney. It will reconnect the central business district with the city fringe and establish Darling Harbour as Sydney’s popular cultural heart, with each of the new public building, responding in character to its unique program and location,” said Ken.

Populous senior principal, Richard Breslin added that the project presents a great opportunity for Sydney as a major international destination.

“This precinct will reflect the dynamism of Sydney’s cityscape and redefine Darling Harbour. We have significantly increased the available exhibition space, plenary and meeting capacity to provide an asset that is capable of attracting the best conferences and events in the world,” said Richard.

The experience-driven, mixed-use precinct will incorporate custom street furniture, lighting, public art and water-play areas inspired by the site’s magnificent waterside environment and existing cultural character. A more engaging public domain, with better open and green spaces, connections and amenities, will energize Darling Harbour, increase opportunities for activation, and significantly boost its appeal for locals and visitors alike.

HASSELL + Populous is delivering the design on behalf of the Darling Harbour Live consortium (comprising Lend Lease, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless).

To find out more about Darling Harbour Live visit http://www.darlingharbourlive.com.au/

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