A Darling Harbour helipad to propel Sydney’s economic future
A new rooftop helipad is being proposed adjacent to the International Convention Centre to deliver direct flights to Sydney Airport and beyond, and help revive the city’s economic fortunes.
A new helipad is being proposed in the heart of Sydney’s convention, tourism and business precinct, Darling Harbour.
The Darling Harbour Helipad would be constructed on the rooftop of the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, adjacent to the International Convention Centre.
The helipad would put Sydney in the league of most of the world’s great cities, providing a direct helicopter service from the airport to the city CBD.
Sydney’s Darling Harbour was previously the base for helicopter landings until the precinct was redeveloped in the 1980s. Melbourne has operated a helipad for many decades on a River Yarra pontoon, close to the city’s Convention Centre.
The Helipad would significantly benefit Sydney’s business and convention profile, providing a safe and fast transfer service for world leaders and other VIPs visiting the city for major events and congresses.
With the meetings and conventions industry severely disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis, the construction of a city-centre helipad will provide significant impetus for the city to re-establish its credentials as one of the world’s most dynamic convention cities.
The helipad would also be available for use by emergency services
Flight paths and destinations have not yet been finalised and are subject to approval by relevant authorities, but will be based on existing flight paths for the many helicopter flights that currently use the city airspace.
The project’s construction works would have little impact on the area, comprising installation of a helipad structure on the roof top of the hotel and a new lift and metal stairs to the top levels of the building.
A full Environmental Impact Survey will be carried out, including extensive noise surveys, and public and stakeholder submissions will be welcomed.