Mirvac goes back to drawing board on Harbourside Development

30 January 2020

Mirvac has reviewed its plans for the redevelopment of its Harbourside Shopping Centre loding an unsolicited proposal to the NSW Government as opposed to waiting for Planning NSW to revamp the Pyrmont planning guidelines.


Last November, NSW Planning Department and the state’s independent Planning Commission rejected The Star casino’s plans for a new hotel and luxury apartment tower. The commission found the planned 237m tower and podium, which was to comprise a 220-room, six-star Ritz-Carlton hotel and 204 luxury apartments, was inconsistent with the area’s strategic planning and rejected its excessive scale and height. The rejection prompted the Government to seek an urgent review of the planning scheme for Pyrmont.


To avoid time delays, Mirvac have now lodged its proposal to revitalise the existing Harbourside Shopping Centre at Darling Harbour into a mixed use, retail, commercial and residential development, which will include public domain works. The Government has not yet agreed to the proposal but has agreed that the proposal, in concept form, is of sufficient interest to warrant further development and progression to a more defined project.


The Government noted that the proposal has the following potential public benefits:

  • Rejuvenation of areas of Darling Harbour
  • The opportunity for greater activation of Darling Harbour and Pyrmont
  • Increased pedestrian amenity through increased width to the promenade
  • Significant new and improved public domain and publicly accessible space
  • Improved connectivity and wayfinding through the precinct


The Government has formed a steering committee to work with Mirvac on the proposal.