Sydney Fish Market

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Sydney Fish Market

In May 2015, the New South Wales Government announced plans for the development of the Bays Precinct. This precinct comprises the areas of White Bay, Glebe Island, Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay and the former rail yards west of Glebe Island. The Bays Market District in Blackwattle Bay and is the first area of the precinct to be redeveloped.

The Bays Market District is located two kilometres from the CBD and includes:

  • land along Bank Street in Pyrmont
  • the current Sydney Fish Market site
  • land at the head of Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road in Glebe, and
  • water in Blackwattle Bay.


The key pillar of the NSW Government's plan for the Bays Market District is to upgrade the Sydney Fish Market. By redeveloping the fish market the government will:

  • expand the fresh food available
  • create a new market food offering
  • refresh the Sydney Fish Market's wholesale and retail functions, and
  • improve access and public transport.


Facilities to be constructed at the new market include:

  • basement level car parking for approximately 400 cars
  • a ground floor auction hall, wholesale operations, fishing vessel wharves and loading dock
  • a first floor market hall consisting of restaurants, food retailers and fresh seafood sales, and
  • mezzanine level office space, restaurant, bar, and the Sydney Seafood School.

The new Fish Market will be situated at the head of Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road and will replace the current site at the corner of Bank Street and Bridge Road.

Key Dates

May 2015 Development of the Bays Market District announced
Sep 2019 Project Announcement
Oct 2020 Contract Award
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

NSW Government


Procuring Agency: NSW Government
Successful Tenderer: Multiplex
Related contracts:
Design Contract
Successful Tenderer - 3XN

Early Works Contract
Successful Tenderer - Hansen Yuncken

Engineering Services
Successful Tenderer - FJMT

Project Manager
Successful Tenderer - Turner and Townsend


Feb 2017 The NSW Government announced Registrations of Interest for a designer to develop the Bays Market District master plan.
Jun 2017 3XN was awarded the contract to design the Sydney Fish Market.
Jul 2017 FJMT was appointed to develop the Bays Market District master plan and Mott McDonald was appointed to provide engineering services for the new Sydney Fish Market.
Dec 2018 The NSW Government’s 2018 Infrastructure Pipeline paper indicated that procurement of the new Sydney Fish Market is expected to begin in the second half of 2019, with construction to commence in early 2020.
Sep 2019 The NSW Government announced an investment of $750 million towards the new fish market. This is an increase of $500 million from the initial cost estimation of $250 million. The Government indicated that it will run a two-stage procurement process, with demolition of the existing wharves and site preparation as the first stage, and construction of the new fish market facility as the second stage.
Oct 2019 Infrastructure NSW submitted a Concept Proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The proposal is for the Stage 1 demolition works at the site for the new Sydney Fish Market. The exhibition period for the Concept Proposal closed on 13 November 2019. Also, in the same month, the designs for the new building and surrounding areas were released. The new building will be located at the head of Blackwattle Bay. It will have a 6-star green star rating, advanced water efficiency, and solar electricity. Surrounding the building will be public promenades, a ferry wharf, and over 30,000 square metres of public space across the precinct.
Nov 2019 The New South Wales Government issued a request for Expressions of Interest for the Sydney Fish Market main works. An industry briefing was held on 3 December 2019, with EOIs closing on 18 December 2019.
May 2020 Infrastructure NSW called for community and stakeholder feedback on three precinct plan scenarios for the Blackwattle Bay precinct, released as part of the State Significant Precincts Study. Consultation on the precinct plan scenarios closed on 19 June. Following the consultation period, an outcomes report will be submitted by the proponent to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of its State Significant Precinct application to rezone the development area.
Jun 2020 The NSW Government approved the final plans for the new fish market. The plans were approved under the NSW Government's new Planning System Acceleration Program that is fast-tracking planning approvals as part of the Government's response to COVID-19. Early works for the project to commence before the end of August.
Jul 2020 NSW Government awarded the Stage One contract for the project to Hansen Yuncken. Stage One involves site preparation prior to main works.
Oct 2020 NSW Government appoint Turner and Townsend as the project managers for the delivery of the new Sydney Fish Market. Turner and Townsend will oversee both the Early Works and Main Works stages of the development.
Oct 2020 Multiplex awarded the Main Works construction contract. Main works are set to commence in early 2021 and be completed by 2024.
Nov 2020 The 2020-21 NSW Budget allocated $88 million in FY2020-21 for the project.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 NSW Budget allocated $243 million to the project for FY2021-22.
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Procurement approach
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