City of Sydney Approves $900M Fig and Wattle Precinct by Landream, Designed by BVN

Landream Fig and Wattle designed by BVN
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The City of Sydney has given the green light for the development of the $900 million Fig and Wattle mixed-use precinct in Pyrmont, designed by BVN and spearheaded by Landream. The project is set to transform a former quarry site into a vibrant community hub, set amongst the backdrop of Wentworth Park and Blackwater Bay in Sydney.

Located at 14-26 Wattle Street, approximately 2km southwest of Sydney’s CBD, the urban renewal precinct will consist of four buildings, prominently featuring 237 apartments under the moniker Fig and Wattle. Positioned amidst key attractions such as the upcoming revitalized Sydney Fish Markets, the picturesque harbour foreshore, commercial offices, and Wentworth Park, with convenient access to the light rail, the development presents a unique opportunity to rejuvenate a significant segment of the Pyrmont area, strategically positioned within 1.5km of Sydney’s CBD.

The precinct will boast a blend of single and multi-bedroom apartments, complemented by a childcare facility, indoor recreational center housing two sports courts, landscaped communal spaces, and a commercial building spanning 14,500 square meters. Additionally, plans include a 91-place childcare center, recreational facilities, landscaped open areas, and standalone work-from-home spaces, catering to diverse needs within the community.

BVN, through winning a design excellence competition, secured the opportunity to shape the project. BVN commented on the significance of the design for the precinct set amongst its Urban Place and History

“The work/live industrial history of Pyrmont and Ultimo is still evident in the urban fabric. The site is located along a transition corridor and the topographic ridge of Jones Street. This corridor consists of the historic Woolstores, with large scale brick warehouses still standing adjacent the site.

Large scale buildings and precincts still predominate the broader context, with a mix of new and old residential and commercial buildings. In the middle of this context is a cluster of finer grain residential terraces. The diversity of the urban fabric provides a guide to the scale and character of the site as a mixed-use precinct along Jones Street and Wattle Street.”

Prior to its recent development application, BVN emerged victorious in the Architectural Design Competition, triumphing over submissions from renowned firms such as Carter Williamson, Tzannes, SJB, and Bates Smart.

Adjacent to the Blackwattle Bay Precinct and the Sydney Fish Markets, which underwent rezoning last year to accommodate substantial residential and commercial expansion, the project aligns with broader urban renewal initiatives.

The new Sydney Fish Market, slated to be situated at the head of Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road, Glebe, promises to be a cornerstone of the area’s transformation. Approved by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces in June 2020, the market will complement the existing infrastructure, offering enhanced amenities and services.

New Sydney Fish Market Render
^New Sydney Fish Market Render (Image: NSW Government)

With construction anticipated to commence by the end of 2024, Fig and Wattle symbolize a significant milestone in Sydney’s urban landscape, poised to redefine Pyrmont’s identity while honoring its historical legacy.

Since its inception in 2005, Landream has been actively involved in the development, management, and ownership of a varied property portfolio spanning Victoria and New South Wales.

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