Bigger buildings recommended for Sydney

1.11.13The Urban Taskforce has made calls about Sydney’s future development as a city in order to retain its prominence in the domestic and international landscape.

This includes discussions about its commercial real estate, with Urban Taskforce Chief Executive Chris Johnson suggesting the New South Wales capital city needs to double the height of its skyscrapers to retain its position as a global city in a May 2 statement.

Mr Johnson emphasised the city needs to do so by 2050.

“Melbourne, Brisbane and even Parramatta have taller buildings than Sydney planned as they lift their global standing,” he continued.

A significant 78 per cent of NSW’s population growth originated from the Greater Sydney region from 2012-2013, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

However, the Urban Taskforce has suggested that the city is not managing to keep up. A boost to the inner-city’s infrastructure could have flow-on effects to the value of residential property in surrounding areas, so the issue is certainly of interest to existing and future homeowners in the capital.

“Sydney is being held back by out of date planning rules that set the underside of Sydney Tower, designed in the 1970s, as the cap on height for new buildings,” Mr Johnson emphasised.

“The world now has dozens of high-rise towers planned or built that are double the height of Sydney Tower. Across Asia many cities are building towers that are symbols of the prosperity and the optimism of that city’s economic growth,” he continued.

The Urban Taskforce has suggested a “mixed-use metropolitan centre” by 2050. This would allow individuals to reside in the city while a larger workforce also co-habits the space for consulting services and finance work.

“This bustle of people will need exciting cafes, restraints, public spaces, cultural facilities and a world class public transport system based on a metro network,” explained Mr Johnson.

While these plans are bold, they do highlight the need for the city to retain its competitive edge, both domestically and against foreign cities.

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