Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

Sydney Writers’ Festival, 2014. Photo: Jamie Williams

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is a much-loved Sydney destination and home to some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.

Our Vision for Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

Due for completion in 2020, the redevelopment will boost an already dynamic creative hub with new opportunities for rich and diverse cultural works and events for public enjoyment.

On completion, the revitalised Walsh Bay Arts precinct will be home to an expanded group of prestigious companies:  Sydney Theatre Company; Sydney Dance Company; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Philharmonia Choirs; Gondwana Choirs; The Song Company; Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Theatre of Young People.  The redevelopment includes:

Wharf 4/5

  • Refurbishment of the arts facilities and associated Shore Sheds for Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia, Gondwana and Song Company;
  • New commercial retail opportunities;
  • A series of stairs, external lifts and balconies designed as a contemporary interpretation of the original gantries reflecting the precincts former industrial heritage; and modification to the roof.

Pier 2/3

  • The adaptive re-use of the building for new arts facilities including performance venues for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare and Australian Theatre for Young People;
  • Retaining a heritage commercial events/art space for events such as Sydney Writers Festival, Biennale of Sydney and a wide range of commercial and artistic events;
  • A series of stairs, external lift and balconies designed as a contemporary interpretation of the original gantries reflecting the precinct’s former industrial heritage; and
  • Modifications to the roof.

Heritage at Walsh Bay

Redevelopment plans for Walsh Bay not only celebrate the unique heritage value of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5, they commit to their preservation and longevity. The Walsh Bay Wharves were constructed in the 1920’s and considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ of extensive harbour-side redevelopment in Sydney. They were thought highly-innovative structures and subsequently catered to international shipping for many years.

In 1983 the precinct was reinvigorated and became home to Sydney Theatre Company. This latest redevelopment will restore the industrial character of the wharves while also creating new and enhanced facilities in support of arts and culture.

The Construction Process

Infrastructure NSW (INSW) is responsible for managing the construction process and have signed a contract with Richard Crookes Constructions whilst ensuring the project is delivered in a timely manner.

Stage One of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment has begun. Demolition will begin immediately. Wharf 4/5 will be closed to the public and pedestrians will need to use the Hickson Road footpath to access Pier 2/3.

The project is being delivered in two stages. Stage One work includes demolition and strip out of existing internal facilities inside Wharf 4/5 and ongoing investigation work in Pier 2/3. Stage Two includes detailed fit out work to both Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5.

For more information on construction, visit www.infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/walshbay

Infrastructure NSW invites the local community to attend a consultation session on 10 October to meet the project team, discuss the work and explain any changes (such as access routes) that will take place during the construction period. Please email walshbayinfo@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 679 121 if you would like to attend.

Contact us

If you would like to meet with the project team to discuss construction impacts or changes to the precinct, please email walshbayinfo@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 679 121.

Walsh Bay Resident Companies

Artist’s impression of Bangarra Dance Theatre at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

Until completion of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct in 2020, our resident companies can be found at the following addresses and websites.

Sydney Theatre Company & Box Office
Ros Packer Theatre,
22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
www.sydneytheatre.com.au

Sydney Dance Company
385 Wattle Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
www.sydneydancecompany.com

Bangarra Dance Theatre
Level 5, Tower Three International Towers 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
www.bangarra.com.au

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Level 2, 52-58 William Street, Woolloomooloo
www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au

Gondwana Choirs
Level 2, 52-58 William Street, Woolloomooloo
www.gondwana.org.au

The Song Company
Level 2, 52-58 William Street, Woolloomooloo
http://song.company

Background

The redevelopment of the WBAP is being led by Create NSW Infrastructure and supported by INSW. Create Infrastructure 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 Create Infrastructure and the arts tenants during the refinement of the design.

Downloads and more information

Download the Community Information – About

Download the Community Information – Noise, Traffic and Construction Management

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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