Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority was responsible for overseeing the development of Darling Island, on behalf of the NSW State Government, as part of an urban regeneration strategy for the Pyrmont peninsula.
Darling Island includes 4.9 hectares of prime inner city, waterfront land jutting from Pyrmont peninsula. The site enjoys uninterrupted views back to the Sydney CBD and north to the Harbour Bridge. Darling Island forms part of the larger, vibrant Pyrmont precinct comprising commercial, retail and residential developments featuring award-winning, adaptively re-used heritage wharves, bond stores and new architecture.
The project to develop the site began with adoption of the Darling Island Master Plan which provided for development of the site in three stages.
Stage one included the development of three waterfront apartment buildings and a new public park and jetty at the northern tip of Darling Island Road. Built by Multiplex, stage one was completed in 2004.
Stage two included a six-level commercial building and a five-level residential building, which were completed by Mirvac in 2005, and 2006, respectively.
Stage three is Workplace 6, a six-level commercial building considered a world leader in sustainable building design. Workplace 6 is the first building in NSW to be awarded a six-star rating for office design by the Green Building Council. The development, by Citta Group, was completed in 2008 and tenanted by Google in 2009.
Darling Island now has a balance of residential, commercial and public space, which includes more than two hectares of open space including two public parks and a continuous foreshore promenade.