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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Image of the Sydney Modern Project as produced by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

Project status

Works update

Construction works by Richard Crookes Constructions are progressing on schedule. Works over the past few months have included demolition, bulk earthworks, piling, and high voltage works around the site. Piling and bulk excavation and demolition will be completed by the end of July. The first tower crane has been installed on the lower part of the site.

The project team is practising physical distancing and has implemented additional health and personal hygiene measures consistent with health advice to ensure work can continue safely on site. The health and safety of the community and everyone working on the project is paramount.

Construction is scheduled for completion in 2022. The existing Gallery remains open during construction.

Upcoming works

Works over the next three months include minor demolition and detailed excavation. The completion of bulk earthworks will see the project enter the ‘build phase’ with the commencement of structure including the pouring of concrete foundations and erection of structural steel. The second tower crane will be installed on the upper part of the site in September.

Protective hoarding has been constructed overhead along the western footpath of Lincoln Crescent, Woolloomooloo to provide pedestrian safety from construction zone tower crane operations. New hoarding graphics being installed will feature artworks from the Gallery’s collection.

There will be ongoing delivery of plant and material associated with these works via both Lincoln Crescent and Art Gallery Road.

Extended construction hours

The current Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 allows construction sites in NSW to operate on weekends and public holidays. Construction works spread across more days of the week makes it easier for workers to abide by physical distancing rules to keep infrastructure projects progressing. You can view a copy of the Order by searching for Government Gazette No 68 on

In line with the Order, high impact activities such as rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving, or similar activities will continue to be restricted to the work hours stipulated in the approved SSDA for the project: 9am to 12pm, and 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday; and 9am to 12pm, Saturday.

As of 16 May 2020, the hours of construction for the Sydney Modern Project are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday – 7am to 6pm
  • Saturday – 7am to 6pm
  • Sunday and Public holidays – work to be undertaken as needed and required.

All feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise, traffic and vibration impacts during these extended work hours are being taken.

On some occasions, out of hours works may need to take place. Separate notifications will be provided to impacted stakeholders in advance of these works. Noise associated with the works may be heard during construction hours. Every effort will be made to reduce the impact to residents and businesses during works. Noise monitoring is being conducted, and mitigation measures used where possible.

Pedestrian and vehicle access changes

Dedicated construction vehicle routes are defined by the State Significant Development Application, Council, Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW. The project’s Construction Pedestrian Traffic Management Plan approved by these authorities requires trucks to use Wylde Street and Macleay Street, Potts Point when exiting the site. A copy of the plan is available below.

Pedestrian access routes around and through the site have temporarily changed due to construction works. Impacted areas have been signposted to advise of alternate routes.

The reconstruction of the stairs next to the Ausgrid zone substation is almost complete and they will reopen in the coming weeks. Following this, the stairs located at the intersection of Lincoln Crescent and Cowper Wharf Road adjacent to the Eastern Distributor will close for reconstruction and upgrade to be compliant with the Building Code of Australia and Disability Discrimination Act. Pedestrians will be directed to use the new stairs next to the Ausgrid substation for access between Woolloomooloo and the Royal Botanic Garden. Please note the accessible route to/from Woolloomooloo via the lift (or stairs) on Bourke Street near Wilson Street remains open.

Map of changed pedestrian access routes

Download map of changed pedestrian access routes (PDF 5.6 MB)

Planning approval documents

NSW Department of Planning & Environment Major Projects Assessments

Air Quality and Odour Management Plan (PDF 612.4 KB)

Community Communications Strategy (PDF 1.1 MB)

Compliance Report 1 (PDF 1002.2 KB)

Compliance Report 2 (PDF 940.0 KB)

Construction Management Plan (PDF 4.4 MB)

Construction Noise and Vibration Management Plan (PDF 1.8 MB)

Construction Pedestrian and Traffic Management Plan (PDF 88.6 MB)

Construction Waste Management Plan (PDF 2.2 MB)

Crown Building Works Certificate (No. 1) (PDF 260.3 KB)

Crown Building Works Certificate (REF. 1) (PDF 235.9 KB)

Crown Building Works Certificate (No. 2) (PDF 296.9 KB)

Crown Building Works Certificate (No. 3) (PDF 243.3 KB)

Demolition Control Plan (PDF 4.3 MB)

Enquiry and Complaint Register (PDF 20.1 KB)

Environmental Management Plan (PDF 5.8 MB)

Geotechnical Excavation Monitoring Plan (PDF 1.0 MB)

Hazardous Materials Management Plan (PDF 922.2 KB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Dec 19 (PDF 2.0 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Jan 20 (PDF 6.6 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Feb 20 (PDF 8.0 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Mar 20 (PDF 7.6 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Apr 20 (PDF 7.7 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results May 20 (PDF 12.1 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Jun 20 (PDF 11.1 MB)

Noise and Vibration Monitoring Results Jul 20 (PDF 11.9 MB)

Pre-Construction Compliance Report (PDF 882.6 KB)

Remediation Action Plan (PDF 10.3 MB)

Unexpected Finds Procedure (PDF 6.1 MB)


For project enquiries
Tel 1800 717 705
Post: C/: Richard Crookes Constructions, Sydney Modern Project Team, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000

For any emergencies on-site
Anthony Di Cecco (Project Manager)
Tel 0437 677 813

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