Sirius building sale could sound death knell for Sydney Harbour landmark

The views of Sydney’s skyline from the Harbour Bridge could soon change forever, after the criteria for the redevelopment of the landmark Sirius social housing building in The Rocks was announced.

Developers who buy the brutalist concrete building will have the option of retaining the existing structure, but if they choose to demolish it they will have to build a smaller block in its place.

New South Wales Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said the height restriction on any new building would give Sydney back its views.

“The maximum height of any building would be restricted to the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge deck,” Mr Roberts said.

This height restriction will ensure any building approved on the site fits in with the character of the surrounding buildings.”

The social housing complex with priceless views of Sydney Harbour officially goes on sale today, despite a three-year campaign against the move.

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