Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct

Sydney Writers’ Festival, 2014. Photo: Jamie Williams

The rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct (WBACP) into a fresh cultural and creative hub is a priority infrastructure project for the NSW Government.

The WBACP comprises of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 and is located within a unique heritage setting on world class Sydney Harbour. The proposal will create a public arts and cultural hub on Sydney’s famous waterfront, while preserving its iconic heritage.

It includes creating new arts facilities and performance venues in Pier 2/3 which is currently underutilised, and refurbishing facilities in Wharf 4/5. Pier 2/3 is the last remaining undeveloped wharf in Sydney and is used for arts, cultural and creative purposes.

Wharf 4/5 is a major arts facility within the precinct with a strong focus on theatre and dance. Existing facilities include:

  • Three theatres
  • Dance performance space
  • Dance studios
  • Rehearsal workshop spaces
  • Café, bar, and restaurant.

About the proposal

The WBACP proposal covers construction work along with plans for new commercial and event uses.

The detailed scope of the application includes:

Pier 2/3

Wharf 2/3

At this stage, the Waterfront Square is not being considered, and does not form part of this State Significant Development Application.

Bangarra at Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct

Bangarra Dance Theatre at Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct


The rejuvenation of the WBACP is being led by the Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office (CIMPO) – Arts, Screen & Culture (formerly Arts NSW) and supported by Infrastructure NSW (INSW). CIPMO maintains responsibility for the strategic and design outcomes and managing stakeholder and community relations, while INSW is responsible for preparing the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) and ensuring the project is delivered in a timely manner.

Award winning architectural firm Tonkin Zulaikah Greer (TZG), who have also worked on the refurbishment of Customs House, Carriageworks and the Sydney Opera House renewal, was appointed in March 2016 and the project architects. TZG is working closely with CIPMO and the arts tenants during the refinement of the design.

Current status

A proposal by INSW for the refurbishment and rejuvenation of the Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct is on exhibition until 24 November 2017 for community consultation.

To make a submission or view the SSDA, visit the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.

An original staged State Significant Development Application was lodged in support of the project in 2015 and was approved in 2016. Following objections and a legal challenge by local business owners, the Court of Appeal declared on 15 June 2017 that the Department of Planning and Environment’s approval of the stage 1 DA was invalid on the grounds in had failed to properly consider construction impacts and that at least two further staged DAs must be envisaged within a Concept Plan.

Community Information Sessions

Significant pre-lodgement consultation has occurred and will continue to occur throughout the exhibition period, including two SSDA Community Information Sessions to be held in November.

Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017

Times: 12.00pm – 2.00pm or 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Location: Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

The Information Sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about the project, meet the project team and provide important feedback.

Please feel free to drop into one or both of the sessions.

Contact us

To speak to a member of the project team, please contact us on:

Phone: 1800 960 550

Email: walshbayprecinct@arts.nsw.gov.au

Downloads and more information

Download the Media Release (26 October 2017)

Download the Media Release (30 June 2017)

Download the Media Release (5 April 2017)

Download the Media Release (16 November 2016)

Download the Media Release (17 March 2016)

Download the Media Release (23 June 2015)

Download the Media Release (21 May 2015)

Download the Walsh Bay Vision Report (2012)

Download the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Master Plan (2013)

Download the Concept State Significant Development Application

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