In keeping with the vision for a naturalistic park inspired by the green headlands of Sydney Harbour, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority has lodged a planning application seeking approval to demolish the former Sydney Ports Harbour Control Tower.

“The Authority considered a number of options for the tower, including adaptive reuse for tourism opportunities and artistic interpretation, however due to its limited access, occupational health and safety requirements and significant costs the Authority is seeking planning approval for its demolition,” said CEO of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, John Tabart.


The Harbour Control Tower was built in 1973/74 for the specific purpose of monitoring shipping on Sydney Harbour. It is a reinforced concrete column, topped by a stainless steel and glass operations area and observation deck. The tower ceased operating when shipping control was relocated to the Sydney Ports Communications Centre in Port Botany.

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