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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
28 Project Manager Raising the baton for Barangaroo As the external face and leader of Barangaroo's commercial and residential precinct construction, Andrew Wilson likens his role to that of conducting an orchestra. DENISE MCNABB CAREER CENTRE THE TRANSFORMATION OF SYDNEY'S inner western CBD foreshore is Sydney's largest construction project since the Olympics and the largest harbour front urban regeneration since Darling Harbour in the 1980s. Costing around $6.21 billion, it will take 20 years to complete, will employ 2550 onsite constr uction workers and create 7650 constr uction, manufacturing and administration jobs o site. ere are already 200 contractors working at concept stage and teams heading sustainability, commercial, infrastructure, residential, retail, construction management and development (CMD) and the public domain. Andrew Wilson is Managing Director of property development company Lend Lease's Barangaroo South development, a mini metropolis of apartments, o ce buildings, shops, a hotel and casino. ese leases will be the primary income ear ner for funding the rest of the project that stretches a mile long over the old Sydney port container wharf. e middle Barangaroo Central area will be turned into a public and cultural space, and the northern Headland Park into a forested and recreational area with a foreshore path. Land ow ners, the NSW Gover nment, created the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) by an act of parliament in 2009 to oversee the project and ensure e ective engagement with stakeholders. It envisages the transformation will not only deliver a major economic boost for the city and create thousands of jobs, but will be of such design, sustainability and planning e xcellence it will be considered a global exemplar of urban revitalisation for port cities around the world. For such a visionary, large and long- ter m project the creation of Barangaroo has already attracted its share of detractors. In 2010, Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore removed herself from the Barangaroo board over transparency concer ns. is e ectively relegated the role of City of Sydney to that of a bystander, though there is some representation on di erent parts of the project, and the local body is contributing $37 million to ensure roads and infrastr ucture remain accessible to the public. Plans to build a lofty international hotel were given the thumbs dow n, causing the State Premier Barry O'Farrell to ask the developers to bring it onshore. Questions and criticism have also swirled around the awarding of a lavish hotel and casino operation licence to James Packer's casino business. e leadership and policies of the State Government will change over the duration of the project, bringing new people with new agendas, adding further to the complexity of the project's fr uition. Barangaroo is a lot more than political posturing, bricks and mortar and reclamation, says Wilson. New o ces with large and adaptable oor spaces are expected to increase the city's competitiveness as an international and regional nancial hub. e development is also a catalyst for new transport infrastr ucture, including a pedestrian link from the centre of the city to the wester n harbour and a new ferry hub. Delivering on so many di erent mandates and agendas over such a long term is not a job for the faint of heart. Lend Lease has been developing and evolving its ideas and plans since the project was rst announced by the NSW Government in 2003. "It has meant extensive research into future o ce, retail, leisure and housing trends and discussions with key stakeholders about what they want from the city," says Wilson. Future proo ng also means having exibility to accommodate how technology and working patterns may ANDREW WILSON Andrew Wilson is Managing DIrector of Lend Lease's Barangaroo South development. He initially joined Lend Lease in 1985, and since then has worked on numerous large development projects including Penrith Plaza, Brisbane International Airport, Bluewater and Liverpool One in the UK.
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