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Time for a New Approach to the Skyline

Release Date: 12/10/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has described a call for Sydney to look to the sky for the future development of buildings as a timely reminder that what has sustained Sydney in the past will not be sufficient to support its growth and has called on both the NSW Government and the City of Sydney to be bold in reassessing the building control standards which were adopted before the current growth projections were determined.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “To be competitive Sydney will need more commercial space given the forecast of 110,000 more jobs over the next 20 years.”
“Principles that have underpinned Sydney’s commercial development including over-shadowing of Martin Place and Hyde Park have constrained the core of the CBD so that Sydney’s building stock is on average not as tall as in cities including Melbourne and Brisbane as well as key Asian cities with which Sydney competes.
“The issue should never be about the height of a building but whether it meets good design principles and recent approvals in the City of Sydney have shown that a focus on the public amenity at ground-level and the capacity of the building to be integral to its surroundings are of importance.
“Sustainability and liveability principles are determined by factors well beyond the mere height of a building.
“Sydney’s best chance to be a competitive global city will come from being able to compete on price and unless the stock of buildings is able to increase Sydney’s scarce land supply will become a significant inhibitor.
“The investment in Sydney’s infrastructure together with the renewal of buildings across the CBD is an indication that Sydney has the support of both the public and private sector but that confidence requires ongoing interest from global companies seeking to establish regional headquarters in the Asia Pacific.                  
“The call for taller buildings makes good commercial sense for Sydney,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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