Uh sorry guys had a crazy busy last few weeks hence lack of activity on my part.
Thanks to everybody who voted
It's unpopular due to a number of 'official reasons' but mostly I think their real issues are quite different.
1/Too tall, too big, too overdeveloped.
Those that oppose the plans believe that the proposal is all of the above, despite it being in the CBD (of a global city no less). Plenty of the opponents what it to be turned completely into parkland, too ignorant to realise that developers will not build something for which they get no return. Still half of the site will become parkland, so that is a good outcome, but apparently not good enough for many. These people also fail to recognise studies and reports that show Sydney needs 600,000 sq m+ of office space in the next 10 years to cater for demand. Barangaroo accounts for 47%, if not built where should it all go?
2/The privatisation of the harbour
Those that oppose the hotel in the harbour froth at the mouth and call it the privatisation of the harbour. They don't know or care for the fact that the hotel's base will have a public promenade that surrounds it, or a public use (such as a library) in the podium levels. They also ask questions like 'do we need more hotels?' I mean seriously, do they just expect everything in Sydney to remain exactly the same for fear of change? Of course more hotels are needed as tourist numbers are expected to increase and hotels are running near or at full capacity in peak times. But my pet peeve with this problem is that it's hypocritical. There are people who live in converted apartments on former maritime wharves at Woolloomooloo, Walsh Bay, Pyrmont and other harbourside locations, there's even a few hotels. These hotels and apartments extend further into the harbour (some by up to 200m) than the 85m pier hotel proposed for Barangaroo.
The opponents are up in arms about public transport stating that 50,000 will work in the first office building (false, only 30,000 workers will be in the entire precinct, not 50,000 in one building) and Sydney's existing public transport network cannot support further workers. The government will (not that the opponents acknowledge) build a ferry terminal (a second Circular Quay) as well as a light rail link and reroute buses. Also Wynyard station is subject to a $425 million redevelopment with a retail and commercial skyscraper above it, this will expand the station's capacity and easily cater for demand at Barangaroo. The opponents just like to produce random numbers and opinions on the issue to cloud the real findings.
I'm kind of getting sick of writing now so I'll just list the rest;
5/Shadowing (including small parts of the harbour 'how will animals breed')
But overall, their main concerns are (not that they all admit it) with the potential impacts on their views of Sydney Harbour and the subsequent impacts on their property prices. Talk about self serving!! It's really annoying!!
Keadz, if you are interested, there's a website called SkyscraperCity (www.skyscrapercity.com
) that follows urban projects all over the world, inc Aus. I am a regular poster in the Ozscrapers section under the username Sky_Is_The_Limit.
Thanks again to those who voted