Consortium selected for Sydney’s Circular Quay renewal

CQC Partners, a consortium comprising Lendlease Construction, Capella Capital and BESIX Watpac, has been chosen by the New South Wales government as Planning and Design Partner for the revitalisation of Sydney’s Circular Quay. 

Transport for NSW Director, Eastern Harbour City, Julie Sundqvist said the announcement of CQC Partners as the Planning and Design Partner was a “major milestone” for the Sydney renewal project.

“This partnership is a major milestone for Circular Quay’s revitalisation and brings us one step closer to transforming the centrepiece of Sydney’s beautiful harbour,” Sundqvist said.

“CQC will help to create a more dynamic precinct for visitors and locals to enjoy, and further elevate Circular Quay’s status as a stunning and unique destination revered globally.”

The NSW Government has announced a $216 million investment as part of plans for a major transformation of Warrane/Circular Quay.

Selection of the preferred Planning and Design Partner follows a rigorous cross-government evaluation and assessment process.

The Circular Quay Renewal pre-concept design has been developed by CQC’s design team including the Australian and International firms Tzannes, ASPECT Studios and WestonWilliamson+Partners.  The design team includes a comprehensive First Nations team of advisors comprising of Michael Mossman, Alison Page, Chels Marshall and Yerrabingin.

“CQC includes award-winning Australian and international designers, as well as First Nations advisors to ensure the plans have a strong cultural connection with Circular Quay’s rich history and heritage,” Sundqvist said.

“We look forward to working with CQC to deliver new and improved public spaces, connections, infrastructure and buildings that will breathe fresh life into one of Australia’s most visited destinations and a critical transport interchange in the heart of Sydney.”

The proposed revitalisation to Circular Quay includes building new wharves, upgrading the train station, delivering new places for people to eat, drink and shop, creating more active transport connections and improving public green spaces for people to enjoy.

According to Transport for NSW, there will be extensive opportunities to provide feedback during community consultation which will commence during the planning process scheduled for later this year.

The community will also have opportunities to provide formal feedback on the project later in 2023.

Should the project receive all its statutory planning approvals, construction is expect to be completed in 2028.


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