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New fish market on the way, as consultants appointed

Leading architecture and urban planning firm FJMT and global engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald are among successful tenderers appointed to the redevelopment of Sydney’s Bays Market District.

FJMT will develop the masterplan for the precinct, while Mott MacDonald will lead a team of engineers that also includes Royal Haskoning DHV and Arcadis to provide engineering services for the construction of the new Sydney Fish Market.

There was fierce competition for the gig, with the urban design tender process attracting 32 national and international applicants, and 25 registrations of interest received for the engineering services.

UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation interim chief executive Steve Driscoll said the agency is confident the two firms will “produce outstanding outcomes for the people of Sydney at the Bays Market District.”

The announcement follows last month’s appointment of Danish architects 3XN to head up the design team for the $250 million-plus Fish Market.

The design consortium also includes 3XN’s sustainability innovation unit, GXN, BVN as executive architect, Aspect Studios as landscape architects, and public art specialist WallnerWeiss.

This part of the project also saw strong interest, with over 60 registrations of interest received from Australian and international designers.

“The brief is to rejuvenate Sydney Fish Market and create a world class food and dining destination on the inner harbour that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area,” said UrbanGrowth NSW head of projects portfolio, Barry Mann.

3XN Architects creative director and founding partner Kim Herforth Nielsen said the project is a major win for his company.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with UrbanGrowth NSW and Sydney Fish Market to create not just an authentic fish market, but an iconic destination for Australia,” Mr Nielsen said.

“We place people at the centre of any architectural response, with an emphasis on place-making to foster a strong sense of community.”

UrbanGrowth NSW expects to have a draft design released for public comment later in the year and aims to commence construction in late 2018.

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