Walsh Bay Development Plan

Walsh Bay Development Plan

The master plan contained extensive historical analysis and resulted in comprehensive conservation guidelines and formed the basis for the  subsequent Regional Environmental Plan for Walsh Bay.

In 1986 Architectus prepared for the Maritime Services Board of NSW an urban renewal development plan and Statement of Planning Constraints for Walsh Bay including comprehensive conservation guidelines.

Walsh Bay is of great historical significance and has played a major role in Sydney’s maritime past. In the 1820s the first wharf at Walsh Bay was built and quickly became a bustling commercial port. The original jetties eventually fell into disrepair and were re-built several times. By the 1970s Walsh Bay had become redundant through changes in shipping technology.

Architectus proposed a master plan to redevelop the five historic timber finger wharves together with on-shore buildings, covering an area of 20 hectares. Proposed uses included hotels, serviced apartments, residential, retail, commercial, recreation facilities and a waterfront marina.

Final approval was given by the then-Director-General of the Departmentof Urban Affairs and Planning to redevelop Walsh Bay in 1998, with work commencing in 1999.

Subsequent redevelopment has reinvigorated the area, creating a lively commercial, residential, retail and cultural precinct, which is quickly becoming a much sought-after address and a popular destination.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

Maritime Services Board of NSW
Walsh Bay, NSW
Floor area
Original value
Michael Harrison


  • 1990 PIA Planning Excellence Award (NSW)
  • 1990 PIA National Planning Award Commendation

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