Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Local suppliers play ‘pivotal’ role in construction of new Sydney Fish Market

The NSW government has awarded more than $300 million or 98% of project contracts to date to local suppliers as construction of the new Sydney Fish Market continues to ramp up.

Among the local suppliers are Rozelle’s SMC Marine, Traino/Hanson Australia in Blackwattle Bay, and Active Steel from St Marys. Each of these companies are said to be playing a “pivotal” role in building the new Sydney Fish Market.

“The NSW government is proud to be involved in a project that combines cutting-edge design with a commitment to the environment and the local economy,” says NSW Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper.

“We recognise the vital role that local businesses play in driving economic growth, and we are proud to announce to date more than $300 million has been awarded to local suppliers for the new Sydney Fish Market.

“By investing in local suppliers, we are enabling our business owners to thrive, innovate, and contribute to the growth of NSW. This investment will have a lasting impact on the local economy, as well as the wider community.

“The new Sydney Fish Market will provide a platform for local businesses to thrive, attracting international visitors and supporting the growth of our tourism and food sectors.”

According to the NSW government, there has been “major progress” on the project, with a “massive” concrete pour underway at the site’s cofferdam, laying the foundation for the watertight basement level – promoted as a “unique” feature of the building’s design.

“This ambitious undertaking requires about 34,000 cubic metres of concrete, equivalent to nearly 14 Olympic swimming pools,” reads a statement.

“A highly specialised and sustainable concrete mix is being used, prioritising the reduction of CO₂ emissions and ensuring long-term durability.”

Hundreds of marine piles installed by SMC Marine and the concrete base will provide the foundations for the new fish market.

Active Steel is supplying steel reinforcement for the concrete slabs using a 70% recycled steel product sourced in Australia. Due to the basement being surrounded by seawater, the concrete slabs require a high amount of reinforcement steel compared to above water sites.

The new Sydney Fish Market is said to be key to the transformation of Blackwattle Bay, delivering a waterfront promenade, more than 6000sqm of public space, and improving pedestrian and cycling links.

In a “major boost” for the economy, building the new Sydney Fish Market creates more than 700 jobs during construction and supports 700 jobs once complete.

Construction is on track to be completed by the end of next year.

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