In 1882, the world was still reeling from the terrible impact of the Spanish flu pandemic.
It was also just two years after the first British statue to be unveiled in Sydney’s iconic Opera House.
The first British monument to be dedicated in Sydney was a bronze statue of King George VI, erected in 1882 by architect John Woodman.
“It was an enormous project, and I have never seen anything like it,” Mr Woodman said.
“I didn’t think there was a statue of a British monarch that I would see in my lifetime.”
That project came to an end, however, when the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Royal Institute for the Arts (BRI) took over the project in the 1990s.
It would be only five years before Mr Woodmans next sculpture, this time on the Great Western Sydney Harbour Bridge, was unveiled in the Sydney Opera House in 2020.
“The Great Western is the best sculpture in Sydney and I was so pleased that I could see it in a building I love,” Mr Woods said.
But that’s not the only time the city has made an early splash in its architecture.
It is the birthplace of many of Sydney’s greatest architecture projects, and in a few years time, the city will again take the stage for its first ever architectural ceremony.
On Friday night, the Royal Engineers of Australia will unveil the Sydney Harbour Tower, a new $1.8 billion project to create a new high-rise tower at the site of the old Sydney Central Station.
The project will also include a new bridge, new streetscape, a shopping precinct and residential developments.
It is the first time the site has been designated a National Historic Site and will be open to the public for five days.
A few weeks ago, it was the subject of a debate on social media after the city’s chief planner, Graham Ashton, suggested the project could become a public health hazard.
The project will be developed as a part of the NSW government’s $1 billion project “Bridges and Bridges, Bridges and Bridges”.
“We know that there is a connection between people walking to the harbour and getting sick, and we have seen a number of cases of that,” NSW Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
She said the project was the “most significant public health project” she had seen in her career.
Bridges, Bridges, and Bridges: Sydney’s $800 million mega-development has been built by the state’s public sector to provide the city with more than $2 billion in investment in infrastructure and services, and to make Sydney a “super city”.
The NSW Government announced in April that $800m would be dedicated to bridge and tunnel projects over the next four years.
For the last decade, the NSW Government has been developing a “bricks and mortar” infrastructure plan, which will include a $2.8bn bridge over the NSW River, a $1bn “bulk” rail project, a major tunnel project and the building of a new tramway line between the city and the CBD.
But it is the $800million bridge that will become the centrepiece of the $1billion project, which is expected to be completed by 2020.
The $800,000 Sydney Harbour bridge is expected be completed before the end of 2020.
The bridge is being designed by a team of more than 50 architects and engineers, including Mr Woodmills partner, Stephen Jones, who designed the $500,000 “Bricks and Mortar” bridge that opened in 2017.
The Sydney Harbour Crossing project is a joint venture between the State Government and the NSW Council of Trade Unions.
Mr Woodmiller, who is the chair of the project, said he had “a lot of faith” in the project.
“The idea that I had is that this bridge is going to change the way that Sydney people go to and from work,” he said.
“If you can see the harbour, you can tell the difference between the bridge and the road.”
The bridge, which sits about 400 metres from the harbour at the foot of the Swan River, will be built over a series of tunnels and a series the tunnel will carry passengers on a tram.
Under the scheme, the bridge will include “new pedestrian crossings”, “an underground tram line” and “a new bus rapid transit system”.
The new tram line will run alongside the new bridge on Swanston Street, and will feature “a full cycle track”, “enhanced pedestrian crossings” and pedestrian-only access.
More than 400,000 Sydneysiders will have the opportunity to experience the “bridges and bridges” project on Saturday night.
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