In order to deliver much needed public domain and amenity improvements to the North Sydney CBD and identify commercial growth opportunities, Council has been undertaking the Ward Street Precinct Masterplan project.
The Ward Street site is bounded by Miller, McLaren, Walker and Berry streets.
There are a number of catalysts for the overall masterplan project:
- the return of the Ward Street car park to Council control in 2020;
- the planned Victoria Cross Metro Station;
- strong private development interest;
- the opportunity to set the direction for contemporary best practice planning; and
- the activation of the North Sydney CBD.
The project has been undertaken in two stages, with Stage 2 including two different masterplan options. The final masterplan reflects community feedback and the preferred masterplan Option 2, with a central civic precinct, additional open public space and green space for the CBD. The masterplan also includes new commercial developments that will deliver 5,000 additional jobs, a new knowledge and cultural hub, as well as fine-grain “eat streets”. All these elements will contribute to the emerging 18-hour economy in the heart of the CBD.
Finalised Ward St Masterplan (11MB)
Council at its meeting held 24 June 2019 resolved to endorse the finalised Ward Street Masterplan. Council will now start developing an implementation plan to take the project to the next stage. The plan will include rigorous financial and design analysis and a process for ensuring full Council transparency in any partnerships required to deliver the project.
The 25 June 2019 Council Minutes (482KB)
The 25 June 2019 post-exhibition report (128MB)
Council at its meeting held 25 June 2018 resolved to exhibit the draft Stage 2 Ward Street Precinct Masterplan. The draft Masterplan (Stage 2) is a response to the feedback received for Stage 1 and sets out to deliver a more informed, comprehensive and realisable vision for the precinct.
The existing Ward Street precinct is a mix of commercial, mixed use and residential developments at the northern end of the North Sydney CBD. The draft Ward Street Precinct Masterplan project aims to significantly improve the public domain offering of the CBD and carefully plan for its urban renewal.
The Stage 2 development process has resulted in two masterplan options for consideration:
- Option - Miller St Square
- Option - Central Square
Both options seek to deliver transformative public domain amenity and significant community use benefits within the North Sydney Centre.
The draft Stage 2 Masterplan was on public exhibition from 7 August - 8 October 2018, as follows:
Masterplan summary brochure (9MB)
Project Context (9MB)
Ward St Precinct Masterplan (46MB)
Traffic & Parking advice (323KB) (ARUP)
Design Excellence Panel minutes (401KB)
Council Report (2MB)
If you would like to discuss the draft Masterplan, please contact Jennifer Lawley, Senior Strategic Planner - Urban Design, on 9936 8100.