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Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Wins National Trust Heritage Award

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

By Amber Griffin

One of Sydney’s most characterful and creative waterfronts has been acknowledged by the National Trust at its annual Heritage Awards, in time for the Australian Heritage FestivalEarlier this year, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct was unveiled following a major redevelopment on Sydney’s historically remarkable Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5, designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects (TZG), undertaken by Richard Crookes Constructions.

It was recently announced during a special ceremony that the State Heritage listed precinct won in the ‘Adaptive Reuse’ category at the National Trust Heritage Awards 2022. The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct was presented with the award by ABC’s Simone Marnie at Sydney’s Doltone House on Friday, May 13.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Minister w/ Pier 2/3 resident company representatives. Photo: Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

TZG architects shared their commitments to the category with City Hub.

TZG endeavoured to conserve and exhibit as much of the open, industrial character of the original buildings as possible, whilst accommodating within them an ambitious and technically demanding functional program.

“The adaptive re-use of Pier 2/3 and refurbishment of existing facilities in Wharf 4/5 createsan arts ‘ecosystem’, where the synergy of co-located creatives will generate a powerfulcultural energy, open and visible to the public. Significantly, this creative activity will be in one of the city’s most characterful waterfronts, a place where Sydney’s maritime history joins its contemporary spirit.