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June 27, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

It’s all systems go for the long-waited revamp of Sydney Fish Market, with a firm of Danish architects selected to design and oversee the project to build a new market around the corner from the existing one.

The market is a big tourist attraction, current drawing about three million visitors a year. The current market is famous for its flocks of seagulls and ibises, and the occasional pelican, that swoop and devour any leftover seafood platters. This 45-second video shows it happening.

The new market will cost AUD 250 million but the NSW State Government will finance it by selling off the old site for high-rise apartments.

Construction is expected to start next year, though the final design has yet to be finalised.

Possible fish market design

The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) congratulated 3XN Architects on being awarded the contract.

TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said the Copenhagen-based architects shared the vision of Sydney Fish Market and UrbanGrowth NSW to turn the markets into a truly iconic Sydney landmark.

“Sydney’s world-famous harbour deserves a world-class fish market,” Osmond said.

“While the Sydney Fish Market is already the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and an institution for many Sydneysiders, there is no doubt it is time for an upgrade.

Going cheap!

“The Fish Market attracts more than three million visitors a year and the new market is expected to double that to six million, which is fantastic news for Sydney’s visitor economy, with many of those new visitors expected to be international tourists wanting to experience Australia’s fresh seafood.”

Written by Peter Needham

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