Details Of Sydney Fish Market's New Home Revealed

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The Sydney Fish Markets are set for a massive $750 million redevelopment and a slight change of location, set to begin construction very soon with an open date in 2024. Originally the state government put aside $250m for this development... so that's a slight increase on the original plans... 

It's just one of 24 projects fast-tracked by the Government in a bid to create jobs and kick start the economy due to the COVID-19 setbacks. 

"Building the new Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay is an incredible opportunity to transform an under-utilised area into a vibrant, accessible and attractive waterfront precinct," Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said in a statement today. "The approved design also provides more than 4700 square metres of new public open space, and paves the way for a future shared pedestrian and cycle path that will provide waterfront access all the way to Woolloomooloo."

In 2019 Premier Gladys Berejiklian told the Sydney Morning Herald: "The Sydney Fish Market is an iconic part of our city but there's no doubt it needs a huge makeover. I know, with a makeover, there will be even more tourists and even more locals enjoying this." It will find a new home in Blackwattle Bay after standing in its current spot in Bays Market District since 1966. The new and old spots are adjacent, so locals need not fret. The Bay will also receive new restaurants, cafes and bars, a public boardwalk, and will be ferry accessible. The current spot will be replaced by high-rise residential developments. 

Fish, Chips & A Sprinkle Of Denmark

The beautification of the markets is set to be left in the hands of 3xn, a Danish architect firm who have built internationally-renown waterfront buildings including the Denmark National Aquarium and Sydney's Quay Quarter Tower. The new markets are expected to allow room for visitors to watch the live auctions, as well as providing them with opportunities to learn about sustainability and how their fish have been caught.

There will also be more cooking classes, training and education in the new and improved Sydney Seafood School.

The building will feature a unique timber and aluminum roof inspired by fish scales floating over the building like a canopy

Current Site, Sydney Fish Markets

The development is projected to increase the market's annual visitors from 3 million to around 6 million and there will be a brand new ferry spot to herd the masses. General Manager Bryan Skepper told the SMH that the coming development will be "the world's best fish market". We're expecting big things! 

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