A $200million redevelopment plan for Sydney's iconic harbour has sparked outrage from design experts who fear the landmark could turn into a monumental eyesore.
Circular Quay includes world-famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and has been subject to a series of architectural disasters over the years.
One of the most prominent calamities is the hated 'Toaster' apartment complex that has lined the walkway to the renowned performing arts building, blocking the view to the Botanical Gardens since the 1990s.
Architects fear Transport for NSW, which is overseeing the redevelopment, prioritised budget over design, citing concerns the area will become 'Toaster 2.0'.
A costly makeover to modernise the neglected waterfront was announced by former Premier Mike Baird in 2015, to begin four years later.
Pictured: Architecture firm CplusC's vision for Circular Quay, featuring green ferry wharves and cycle paths
Officials say the proposed construction for Circular Quay won't begin until 2023 pending final government approvals. Pictured: Circular Quay today
Officials are now claiming construction won't begin until 2023 pending final government approvals.
The state's transport agency has now given two large architecture companies, Plenary Group and CQC Partners, the green light to submit designs with no public consultation.
Clinton Cole, managing director of CplusC, was shocked when he realised the government had decided upon the two design groups without wider discussion.
One of the city's most prominent calamities is the hated 'Toaster' apartment complex (pictured) that has lined the walkway to the renowned performing arts building
A costly makeover to modernise Circular Quay was announced by former Premier Mike Baird in 2015 (pictured, Circular Quay - the main ferry terminal in Sydney - in 2020)
Mr Cole asked his team-of-eleven to create their own vision for Circular Quay to show what a smaller company could do (pictured)