$6.5 billion of projects fast tracked

The New South Wales and Victorian governments have each announced a raft of major building projects to be fast tracked through the planning assessment system to boost the economy, with the long-mooted Sydney Fish Market redevelopment by Danish practice 3XN in partnership with BVN and Aspect Studios among them.

Along with the $750 million relocated fish market, a total of 24 projects across New South Wales are to have their assessments accelerated. This tranche follows on from the first tranche of two dozen projects announced in April.

Other projects in this second tranche $672 million Tweed Valley Hospital Stage 2 by Silver Thomas Handley and Bates Smart and the $59 million Horizon at Lee 5 mixed-use development at Honeysuckle, Newcastle by CKDS Architecture, Hill Thalis and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture.

There are also three new schools, a retail centre at Eastern Creek, a waste recycling facility in Girraween, new public open space in St Peters and a $2.6 billion industrial precinct at Mamre Road in Penrith.

Decisions on the projects will be made by 18 June 2020.

The Victorian government, meanwhile, has also announced another five “shovel-ready” projects that have been given approval, with the newly established Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce having identified them as priority projects.

They include: a $290 million, 21 storey office building at 140 Lonsdale Street designed by Cox Architecture, which will become the Melbourne headquarters of the Australian Federal Police; a $234 million, 68-storey development at 640 Bourke Street designed by Rothelowman; a $180 million, 41-storey hotel development at 600 Lonsdale Street designed by SOM Architects; a $60 million, 20 storey, commercial office and retail building 683-699 Elizabeth Street by Cox Architecture; and a $60 million residential development on the former Commonwealth Games village site at 67-81 Galada Avenue, Parkville.

The Victorian government previously announced four major projects had had their approvals fast tracked, including the mammoth 118 City Road project by UN Studio and Cox Architecture, which is set to become Australia’s tallest tower.

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