16 Feb 2016

Circular Quay’s world-class transformation is one step closer to completion after three major city-shaping projects received approval from the City of Sydney.

Led by three projects teams composed of Urbis planners and heritage advisors, the recently approved projects include Dalian Wanda’s One Sydney on 1 Alfred Street; Dexus’ Gateway Building on 1 Macquarie Place; and the redevelopment of AMP’s Headquarters, to be called Quay Quarter precinct, bounded by Bridge, Philip, Alfred and Loftus Streets.

Urbis Planning Director Tim Blythe, who has been leading two of the approved projects, expresses great pride in seeing Urbis leading the way on some of Sydney’s biggest projects and getting great results for the clients.

Slowly but surely we are reshaping Circular Quay and in turn strengthening Sydney’s role as Australia’s global city.

“Our success, with recent approvals for One Sydney, Gateway Building and Quay Quarter is testament to our close collaboration with the client and the City of Sydney and the great work and commitment of our team to deliver. Slowly but surely we are reshaping Circular Quay and in turn strengthening Sydney’s role as Australia’s global city,” said Blythe.

This project involved two towers fronting Circular Quay, between George and Pitt Streets, comprising a skyline-changing 185m, 57-storey residential tower and a 110m, 179 room luxury hotel as well as the redevelopment of 1,404sqm of public space including a series of laneways.

Urbis prepared a development approval strategy to address the complex planning approval pathway for One Sydney, which included facilitating the delegation of a State Significant Development DA back to the City Of Sydney, managing a series of existing approvals and planning agreements with the Council, and developing revised planning controls for the site.

By working closely with the Dalian Wanda Group and project architects, the team’s concurrent applications for the consolidated site were unanimously approved by the CSPC.

The recent approval revises the design of the previously approved residential tower and allows for the commencement of a Competitive Design Alternatives Process to be completed for the hotel in early 2016. Urbis will be managing this process and will work closely with the winner to prepare the detailed project application for this iconic project.


Dexus’ Gateway Building at Macquarie Place will see the redevelopment and refurbishment of the podium levels of the building, including an additional 2160sqm floor space to deliver an enhanced food and beverage based retail experience.

The team led by Planning Director Murray Donaldson and Associate Director Naomi Daley, prepared all associated planning applications for the main works and managed negotiations with critical stakeholders such as the City of Sydney and Transport NSW to solve construction constraints.

The Consent Authority waived the requirement for a Stage 1 DA and competitive design process in approving the project as the proposal was considered to demonstrate design excellence.

The project is now under construction and Urbis will continue to provide planning services, liaising closely with the builders BuildCorp and Codicote, Project Managers and the City of Sydney through to completion. The expanded and refurbished retail levels are due to open in October 2016.

Quay Quarter Sydney project

Over the past four years, Urbis has been working closely with AMP Capital to explore various opportunities to reposition its global headquarters at Circular Quay. Re-branded as Quay Quarter Sydney, a strong emphasis throughout the planning and design phase was placed on connectivity, activation, mixed use and heritage conservation.

Through the provision of Planning and Heritage advisory services, Urbis has played a lead role in securing a site specific Planning Proposal, obtaining Stage 1 DA consent, coordinating an International Design Competition, along with an Expressions of Interest process for the Young and Loftus Street Block.

Recently, two significant Stage 2 DA approvals were secured for Quay Quarter Sydney. These related to the Quay Quarter Tower (50 Bridge Street), as well as for the redevelopment of the Young and Loftus Street Block New Buildings.

Whilst comprising of two city blocks, a consolidated ‘precinct-wide’ redevelopment approach has enabled the Quay Quarter Sydney project to strengthen connections between Circular Quay and the CBD’s main financial district.


One Sydney Project Team

Tim Blythe View Profile
Ian Cady View Profile

Ashleigh Ryan, Senior Consultant

The Gateway Building Project Team

Murray Donaldson View Profile
Naomi Daley View Profile

Audrey Marsh, Planning Assistant

Quay Quarter Project Team

Tim Blythe View Profile
Stephen Davies View Profile
Fiona Binns View Profile

Adrian Villella, Senior Consultant

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