PLANS to build a new $250 million fish market in the Australian city of Sydney have finally received the go-ahead.
The New South Wales government has released details of how it intends to redevelop the Blackwattle Bay area, where the present fish market is located.
Sydney Fish Market is one of the busiest of its type in the world and in the week running up to Christmas it attracts thousands of people anxious to stock up on seafood.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for some time, was announced by NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian, who said the new market will be housed in a Danish designed building next to its current spot, backing on to Wentworth Park on the south side of the bay.
Berejiklian said she hoped new use of the current site would pay for its redevelopment, costing taxpayers nothing.
‘The Sydney Fish Market is an iconic part of our city but there’s no doubt it needs a huge makeover. I know, with a makeover, there will be even more tourists and even more locals enjoying this.’
Work on the site is set to begin in late 2018, with construction expected to be completed in two to three years.
The new building will be designed by the Danish firm 3XN Architects, which are behind Sydney’s Quay Quarter Tower. They have yet to unveil the final design.
Sydney Fish Market general manager Bryan Skepper said the development would create ‘the world’s best fish market’ and absorb expanding visitor numbers.