Archive | March, 2010

Fight to save Tilba underlines heritage neglect

29 Mar

Here is an article related to the destruction of heritage here in Sydney . A perfectly good building to be destroyed with less scrutiny than would be engendered when applying to build a new front yard fence.

Virginia Judge … fighting to save Tilba from demolition.


Tilba, the 1913 Edwardian-style Burwood Heights residence, faces demolition. Its new owner, the developer Farah Elias, wants to build a three-storey unit block.

Its fate rests with the Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, who has given Tilba a 40-day reprieve to assess its heritage merits, following public concerns expressed through the local member, Virginia Judge.

Tilba represents an early skirmish in the unfolding battle across Sydney between those who want ever more housing and those who seek to preserve what we value.

It is among hundreds of worthy houses that at the very least contribute to the character of the suburb. Many would argue that it does more, and ought to have been listed long ago by Burwood council on its local environment plan.

But Tilba, and many like it, face the prospect of virtual overnight demolition, now that private certifiers are allowed to approve demolition and development, all without notifying neighbours.

This has been allowed by the heritage and planning laws, initially sought by the then planning minister Frank Sartor in 2007, which passed through Parliament last year under Kristina Keneally’s stewardship.

The five-bedroom Liverpool Road house that sits on a 1650-square-metre block sold last November for a record $2.8 million. Most people inspecting it assumed its meticulous restoration would lead to a new family taking up residency, following in the footsteps of its first occupant, produce merchant Alfred Berwick.

Tilba sits on the ring of properties surrounding one of Sydney’s most renown streetscapes, the National Estate-listed Appian Way.

Appian Way was a model housing estate conceived by a wealthy steel industrialist, George Hoskins, who turned eight hectares of land known as Humphreys Paddock into an estate of 36 spacious, low-set bungalows surrounding a village green. Its development coincided with the garden city movement, the urban planning approach founded in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard in Britain.

About 30 of the original houses still stand within the Appian Way.

While the Appian Way is somewhat protected, surrounding houses have no such surety. Indeed, the last comprehensive heritage study undertaken by Burwood Council was in 1986. Only about 250 of its 5500 houses are on its heritage list.

Many other councils have similarly neglectful heritage lists, which often involved little more than a survey done from behind a car windscreen some three decades ago. These were done shortly after the National Trust hit its strides after the Wran government’s 1977 heritage legislation.

Camden, which has the pioneer spirit deep into its veins, protects just 100 properties. Only 120 houses are protected across the Cooma-Monaro shire.

Hunters Hill ranks among the thorough councils, with almost 600 properties on its list, along with Ku-ring-gai’s 700 and Woollahra’s 800.

Jon Breen, the president of the Burwood Historical Society, is hoping for a mayoral minute from John Sidoti, and council support at tomorrow’s meeting, which might just help save Tilba



Hundreds protest Windsor redevelopment in Melbourne

28 Mar

AAP   MELISSA JENKINS  March 25, 2010

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has vowed to take the protest against the redevelopment of Melbourne’s historic Windsor Hotel to federal parliament.

Senator Bob Brown said the historical buildings in Melbourne’s parliamentary precinct should be protected.

“This is one of the most important and beautiful precincts in this whole nation,” he said.

“It’s part of our federation history, it is part of this nation’s democratic history as one of the world’s four oldest continuous democracies.”

Senator Brown joined hundreds of demonstrators outside the Victorian parliament on Thursday to protest the state government’s approval of the controversial multi-million-dollar redevelopment.

He says protecting the heritage-listed hotel was important to people across Australia.

“This isn’t just Melbourne, it’s Australia’s heritage,” he told the crowd, some of whom carried signs reading “Hands off the Windsor” and “Money Speaks, Minister Listens”.

“I can tell you now that this gathering has the support of not just so many Victorians but millions of Australians who will not want the bulldozers moved in on this marvellous Windsor Hotel, which belongs to Melbourne and the whole of this nation.

“I will take the message of this rally to Capital Hill in Canberra.”

Planning Minister Justin Madden last week gave the green light to the $260 million redevelopment, which will involve demolishing the rear section of the 1883 building, which faces Parliament House, to make way for a 91-metre high, 26-storey tower.

It follows a leaked email scandal sparked by a document created by a media adviser – who has since been dumped from Mr Madden’s office – advocating a fake public consultation process.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is considering its options, which could include taking legal action.

Chief executive Martin Purslow criticised statutory authority Heritage Victoria for its support of the project and called for an overhaul of the planning system.

“Our inability to challenge Heritage Victoria’s decision except in the Supreme Court points to a problem with the system,” he said.

Planning Backlash convenor Mary Drost said Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who sent his apologies for not attending the rally, compared the redevelopment to the destruction of the German city of Dresden which was razed by British bombers in 1945.

“He said that old historic city of Dresden was bombed out during a war,” Ms Drost said.

“We don’t need a war to bomb out our city. We’ve got a government who is bombing it out for us.”

Protectors of Public Lands Victoria president and the Greens’ Melbourne candidate, Brian Walters SC, said the planning process was corrupt.

“Give us planning that values our heritage and give us a process that values the community,” he said.

Premier John Brumby said Mr Madden’s decision was based on recommendations from his department, an independent panel, Heritage Victoria, Melbourne City Council and the Victorian government architect, Geoffrey London.

“People who are passionate about heritage, people who are passionate about the environment – people have strong views,” he told reporters in Melbourne.

“The bigger question is how do you best maintain and restore a beautiful building into the future.”

The state opposition is in broad support of the proposed redevelopment but is critical of the planning process.

“The planning processes in this state today are a sham,” opposition planning spokesman Matthew Guy said.


2010 “Save the Windsor” rally on the steps of Parliament House

The Hotel Windsor is a 5 Star luxury hotel in Melbourne. The Windsor is Australia’s only surviving grand 19th century city hotel and only official “grand” Victorian era hotel.

The hotel has a significant role in the History of Australia as the place where the Constitution of Australia was drafted in 1898.

For much of its 20th Century life the hotel, dubbed the Duchess of Spring Street, was one of the most favoured and luxurious hotels in Melbourne. It has hosted many notable national and international guests including Margaret Thatcher, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Muhammad Ali, Basil Rathbone and Lauren Bacall as well as Australian prime ministers Sir Robert Menzies, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard.

The Windsor is situated on Bourke Hill in the Parliament Precinct and is a Melbourne landmark of high Victorian architecture.

The original Grand Hotel in 1883 from Treasury PlaceThe hotel was built in two stages by shipping magnate George Nipper, both designed by Charles Webb in a broadly Renaissance Revival style. Originally named the Grand Hotel, the first section (the southern half) was completed in 1884.

The northern half, which included the distinctive twin mansard roofed towers in the Second Empire style, was completed in 1888, just in time to host visitors to the Centennial Exhibition in the Royal Exhibition Building. A notable feature is the stone sculpture, attributed to John Simpson Mackennal, over the main entrance with male female figures known as ‘Peace and Plenty’ reclining over the English and Australian Coat of Arms.[5] The extension was undertaken by a new owner, temperance movement leader James Munro, who burnt the liquor licence in public and operated the hotel as a coffee palace, renamed the “Grand Coffee Palace”.

Grand Hotel and Spring Street in 1906Re-licenced in 1897, it became the Grand Hotel and in 1898 the Constitution of Australia was drafted in the hotel.

The present name dates from 1920, when the hotel was sold and refurbished, and honours the British Royal Family.

For much of its 20th Century life, the hotel dubbed the Duchess of Spring Street was one of the most favoured and luxurious hotels in Melbourne, hosting many notable national and international guests.

UTS City Campus Master Plan & Student Housing Tower and Building 6 podium extension

13 Mar

UTS City Campus Master Plan

2010 has already been a year of milestones for the City Campus Master Plan: excavation of Alumni Green has started for the Multi-Purpose Sports Hall (MPSH); the builder is on site for construction of the Student Housing Tower above Building 6; and, the NSW Department of Planning has approved the Broadway Precinct Concept Plan.

Issue 02 of UTS: InProgress, the City Campus Master Plan newsletter, focuses on these achievements. FMU project manager David Hughes talks to us about the MPSH while Hutchinson Builders explain how they’ll be managing construction of the Student Housing Tower above Building 6.

As teaching starts, staff and students will notice the noise that inevitably accompanies any construction work. UTS has worked hard with all the consultants and contractors to ensure that the noisiest works take place outside of semester time and business hours.

But if you feel as though the disruption is unacceptable, or if you have noticed a potential hazard, you should let us know. To find out the best way to get in touch, refer to the “Tell us What you Think” section of this newsletter.

We are also preparing a UTS-wide online forum towards the end of Semester 1. This will be a great opportunity for staff and students to provide feedback on the construction process and associated communications.

The next issue of UTS: InProgress will appear in May 2010.

Patrick Woods
Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Resources)


Construction starts for UTS City Campus Master Plan
27 Jan 2010

A large-scale expansion and redevelopment of the UTS City campus has begun, with construction underway on a new student housing tower at the rear of the existing Peter Johnson building in Harris St.

Student Laurence Wainwright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) Patrick Woods and Premier Keneally
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally visited the site last week to announce the Government’s approval of the $427 million Broadway Precinct Concept Plan, a key component of the overall UTS City Campus Master Plan. The concept plan covers four new buildings and a number of major refurbishments, relocations and new social hubs.

Another construction crew is due to arrive on campus before the end of the month to start work on the plan’s second project, a multi-purpose sports hall that will be built underground adjacent to the existing UTS Fitness Centre.

Meanwhile, the detailed design for a new landmark building on Broadway is underway, as is a design competition to extend the podium of the UTS Tower and the adjacent Building 2 to provide new student facilities.

Ms Keneally said the plan includes 58,750 square metres of additional floor space for educational, retail, cultural and sporting uses; more than 25,000 square metres of extra floor space to house 720 students in studio and shared apartments; and an extra 70 bicycle spaces for resident students.

“This redevelopment will allow the University of Technology to further cement its role as a key educational, medical, research and technology centre,” she said.

“The $70 million student accommodation project meets the needs of an increasing student population, but importantly it will also reduce demand for rental housing in the local area, and boost affordability.”

UTS Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Resources) Patrick Woods said the approval had given the green light to change the face of education at UTS. “As well as improving facilities for our students and staff, our plans are also aimed at making UTS more accessible to the local community. By establishing better pedestrian networks, we want to invite our neighbours onto campus to take advantage of new facilities such as the proposed gallery, cinema, café and retail spaces.”

Under the planning approval, the university has committed to:

Maximising retail, student union and other activities at ground level, increasing the activation of the street frontage
Maximising pedestrian access into and through the site
Offsetting overshadowing through improved building frontages, better defined street edges and other public domain works, and
Achieving very high environmental performance ratings for its academic buildings
The multi-purpose sports hall will be the first project completed under the master plan, in time for the start of semester one next year. The student housing tower is scheduled for completion by the end 2011.

Contact: Terry Clinton Ph: +61 2 9514 1623


Student Housing Tower and Building 6 podium extension

Project description
This new residential tower will rise from the existing Building 6 podium. The provision of 720 student beds, spread across the 13-level tower, will resolve UTS’s longstanding lack of on-campus student accommodation. To build the new tower, the university will extend the existing Building 6 podium to create new teaching, learning and social spaces for staff and students.

By bringing students directly onto campus, UTS will provide a more vibrant social atmosphere to the City Campus week-in, week-out. This accommodation will be a key factor in making UTS a ‘sticky campus’, a place where students come not just to study but socialise and relax as well. The around-the-clock presence of students on campus will also generate increased patronage for local businesses.

Lodged between an apartment complex and the ABC’s commercial tower, the student accommodation design responds to multiple generators. The Harris Street facade presents a syncopated visual rhythm that distinguishes it from its neighbours. The facade comprises irregularly spaced windows of varying width, interspersed with coloured, pre-cast concrete panels. The fully-glazed UPN facade reads as three distinct vertical forms, separated by two voids. The glazed facade solution maximises views to the Sydney CBD.

Programme Dates
•Hoardings within the UPN – 90% Complete (Awaiting Mirvac works to complete)
•Hoardings within UTS – 02/03/10 to 06/03/10
•Concrete base in fill to the lift shaft – Complete
•Jump form commencement – 02/03/10 to 06/03/10
•Level 7 re-location and demolition 02/03/10 – 23/04/10
•Level 5-7 structural works to southern side – 08/03/10 to 23/04/10
•Piling to the transfer wall – TBC but likely 06/03/10
•Structure to Level 3 – 08/03/10 to 30/03/10
Public Documents
•Staff and Student toolkit [pdf, 5.5mb], uploaded 17 February 2010
•Faculty of DAB Staff Forum presentation [pdf, 1.8mb], uploaded 14 December 2009
•Weekly cohabitation meeting updates [links to full list of available documents]
Key features
•The Infill and extension of the CB06 podium will provide 5,950m² of new teaching and social space for UTS
•A roof-top garden with stunning views of the surrounding city district caps the new building
•A new cafe at ground level will help animate the Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN)
•Extensive communal facilities on level 8 (above the podium on the UPN side), including theatrette, music room, games room, computer room and outdoor BBQ terrace
•Range of student accommodation including private self-contained studios as well as multi-bedroom units with shared facilities
•The existing Building 6 (CB06), primarily occupied by the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), will remain occupied and operational throughout the construction period
•Most general teaching functions normally held in CB06 will be relocated to other areas within the university

Sustainability features
•Building targets a 5-Star Green Star rating, under multi-residential category
•Predominantly naturally ventilated building with good daylight penetration
•Green construction management practices, including certified environmental management and waste management plans, contribute to the environmental rating
•Prioritisation of environmentally-friendly construction materials
•Building the tower on top of an existing building limits requirement for new foundations and associated carbon-generating activities
Project Data
Size:13-level tower above new and existing podium, 720 student beds, spread over 19,200m²
Project budget:$75 million
Key dates:•Construction start: December 2009 (pending planning approval)
•Estimated Completion: December 2011
Project procurement:Design and Construct contract
Project team:•UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
•Contractor: Hutchinson Builders
•Architect: Nettleton Tribe
•Harris Street facade architect: Lacoste and Stevenson
•Consultant Team: JBA (town planner), WT Partnership (quantity surveyor), Monaghan Surveyors (surveyor), Viridis E3 (environmental), Halcrow MWT (traffic and parking), Morris-Goding (accessibility consultant), Waterman AHW (ventilation engineers), Acoustic Logic (noise assessment), Windtech (reflectivity and wind environment), Douglas Partners (Geotechnical), BG&E (structural engineers), JD MacDonald (waste management), City Plan Services (BCA), Defire (fire and safety), GDK (hydraulic engineer), Building Services (communications), DSA (BCA, section J)
More Information
Berlin Ng, Senior Planning Officer, Ext. 2823, email:

Theodorus Gofers, Senior Project Manager, Ext. 4426, email:


UTS Broadway Building (ITE Building)

13 Mar

Project description
Angled, semi-transparent “binary screens” envelope the winning proposal for the Broadway Building Design Competition (opens an external site) by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The screens provide the building with a dramatic urban presence. They are made of aluminium sheets perforated with binary code, the series of “1s” and “0s” that underpins computer programming language. The building is also known as the Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building.

Reflecting the final tenant of the building, the binary code reads ‘University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.’

The architect’s design concept positions the new building as a single, sculptural object in the city. “Gills” creased into the aluminium plates of the binary screen punctuate the façade and symbolically reinforce the building as a living, breathing structure. A crevasse-like pedestrian atrium runs through the heart of the building, both horizontally and vertically. It will connect the local neighbourhood to the UTS education precinct.

A floor-to-roof atrium sits
at the heart of the building
Key features
•Internal planning creates strong visual connections through the atrium space and fosters inter-collegial interaction and collaboration
•Vertical planning places most public functions at ground floor level and most private at upper levels
•Academic and research students clustered around interactive and break-out spaces along internal circulation routes
•Internal spaces defined by access to daylight and fresh air
•Building will accommodate some 500 staff and 4,300 students
Sustainability features
•Minimum 5-Star Green Star Rating
•Energy saving strategy is to deliver a 30% – 45% energy saving over benchmark tertiary educational buildings with similar functional spaces.
•45% shading co-efficient of the external ‘binary code’ screen estimated to bring about a 10-15% operational energy saving.
•Other key components include:
?450m² solar array which collects water and provides filtered daylight to atrium
?under floor air distribution system
?low energy lighting
?double-glazed facade with night-purge opening panels
Project Data
Size:27,000sqm useable floor area, 14 levels
Construction value:$170 million
Key dates:•Design Competition winner announced: July 2009 (opens an external site)
•Construction estimated: mid-2010 to end 2012
Design procurement:Design Excellence Competition (opens an external site)
Project team:•UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
•Architect: Denton Corker Marshall

More Information
For more information contact the project manager: Gregory Graham , p: 9514 4687, email:

And they're leaving: Harold Park for sale

9 Mar

THE historic Harold Park track in Glebe, home to harness racing since 1902, will be sold, paving the way for the NSW Harness Racing Club to move its headquarters to south-western Sydney and leaving the huge inner-city site open for development reports John Schell with Alexandra Smith in the Sydney Morning Herald of October 27, 2008.

More than 300 members voted 90 per cent in favour of selling Harold Park at a specially convened meeting yesterday.

The club’s chief executive, John Dumesny, said the sale was subject to a minimum price being set at $150 million, and there were already “offers on the table” for the site. The University of Sydney is believed to be interested.

The university had hoped to build a harbourside campus for 5000 students at Callan Park in Rozelle, but its plans were scuttled last week when the Minister for Planning, Kristina Keneally, agreed to hand the heritage site to Leichhardt Council for use as public space. It is unclear whether the university has similar plans for Harold Park.

Mr Dumesny said the sale would take some time to complete. “Under the registered clubs act we still have to have it as an open tender,” Mr Dumesny said.

“There is a lot of planning work to go ahead. We expect the process to get to a position of sale may take as long as two years. We’ll see what the validity of those offers are, now that we are in a position to proceed,” Mr Dumesny said.

Menangle Park will eventually host all the club’s Friday night meetings held at Harold Park, including the Miracle Mile and the InterDominion series when it is in Sydney. Mr Dumesny said the club was “already well down the track” in plans to install racing lights at Menangle.


Brief History

The Harold Park Paceway comprises an 800m track, a 3000 seat grandstand and administration and parking facilities.

The former Rozelle Tram Depot includes a heritage listed Federation warehouse with saw-tooth roofed tram sheds, a large cast iron water tank and Federation period offices.

The site is approximately 10.54ha in size, and is located in Forest Lodge, and near to Glebe, Annandale and Leichhardt. It is bounded by Jubilee Park to the north, The Crescent and Minogue Crescent to the west and south west, Wigram Road to the south and Maxwell Road to the east.

History of the Site
Johnston’s Creek and Paceway Embankment
The area where Johnston’s Creek originally met Rozelle Bay was originally inhabited by the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora people. In 1827 the colony’s fi rst solicitor, George Allen, purchased the land around Rozelle Bay which was mainly used for the quarrying of sandstone and informal horseracing. The site was purchased by the Harness Racing Club in 1911, and by the 1960s, crowds of 50,000 would pack the stands to watch the races. The Rozelle Tram Depot operated on the site from 1904 to the 1960s.

Harold Park paceway development plan gets hearts racing
26 Feb 10 @ 02:43pm by Marie Sansom
TWO hundred people have met at St Scholastica’s College to discuss the new urban design study for Harold Park, the 10.5ha Glebe site the NSW Harness Club wants to sell.
Many were positive about plans for 2.7ha of public open space, a wildlife corridor, pedestrian and cycleways and adaptive reuse of the tramsheds.
However some people were concerned about building heights and densities, traffic and parking. The study, which is yet to be endorsed by Sydney Council or the Central Sydney Planning Committee, sets site planning controls that will govern what is built at Harold Park.
Glebe Society president Lesley Lynch said people were concerned about building heights, which ranged from three to eight storeys and rise above the cliff face.
“The way in which the core competing pressures, density and public space, have been balanced is not likely to gain widespread community support,” Dr Lynch said. “There was disappointment at the proportion of the site allocated for public space.”
Some groups wanted higher buildings along the spine of the site and not at the periphery.
Others feared the traffic that 1000 or more apartments and at least 9000sq m of retail and commercial space might generate.
“Many thought the building design was disappointingly unimaginative and uniform – almost as if a range of options had been computer generated,” Dr Lynch said.
Harold Park project manager Jeff Lord said the site was ideal for housing.
“Every home that goes on this site is one less that has to be built on the outskirts of Sydney where there is little or no public transport or infrastructure,” Mr Lord said.
John Dumesny of NSW Harness Racing said the club would not make a final decision on the sale until the land value was determined by new zoning controls.
“Any proposal for the site must deliver a reasonable return for the benefit of harness racing across the state, otherwise we will just stay put,” Mr Dumesny said.
The technical studies that went online yesterday covered transport and traffic, open space and community facilities, flooding and water sustainable urban design, heritage, urban design and economic analysis.
For details, visit


New suburb mooted for raceway
JOSEPHINE TOVEY SMH February 26, 2010

A HUGE slab of land zoned open space in Sydney’s inner-west could be transformed into a ”new suburb” under a draft plan by the City of Sydney that has excited developers and infuriated locals.

The council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee were given the responsibility of rezoning the Harold Park raceway, a block more than twice the size of the Carlton United Brewery site in Chippendale, after the NSW Harness Racing Club indicated to the state government it wanted to sell the land last year.

An early draft for the rezoning that went on public exhibition this week has the site supporting up to 1000 dwellings for about 1900 people, in buildings ranging from two to eight storeys high. The historic tram depot at the north of the site would be retained, but converted for retail, commercial and community use. About 25 per cent would remain open space.

The draft proposal, which has not yet been endorsed by council, was revealed at fervid public meetings last week.

Dr Lesley Lynch from the Glebe Society said people in neighbouring suburbs such as Annandale and Glebe felt eight-storey apartment blocks were inappropriate for the area, and that views could be lost and streets become clogged with traffic.

She said the development had ”enormous potential to be a disaster for the community if extravagant profit margins and high density imperatives are allowed to drive overdevelopment”.

Most existing houses in the immediate area are one to two storeys high.

The mayor of Leichhardt, Jamie Parker, whose municipality borders the site to the west, said the proposed development would be like ”dropping a new suburb” on the area. The site would hold almost the same population as neighbouring Forest Lodge.

But the NSW Harness Racing Club has said the proposed residential density was much lower than other urban infill sites in the area, such as the former Camperdown Children’s Hospital, which is up to 17 storeys high.

”We certainly don’t think Harold Park should go to these kinds of heights but the site can, responsibly, take a higher density than the plan suggests,” read a club statement.

The project manager appointed by the club, Jeff Lord, said their vision for more intensive redevelopment was in line with the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy: ”Every home that goes on this site is one less home that has to be built on the outskirts of Sydney where there is little or no public transport and other infrastructure.”

The City of Sydney said community consultation was ongoing and ”any final proposal will aim to protect residential amenity and respond to the local context”.

Central Park off Broadway … that's Sydney, not Manhattan

9 Mar

AAP February 9, 2010

An artist’s impression of what Sydney’s Central Park will look like.

Central Park is coming to Sydney – and, like Manhattan’s famous open space, it will be off Broadway.

The similarities probably end there, given that New York’s great park is more than 58 times larger that the one being planned on the site of the old Carlton and United brewery in Broadway.

The developers call it “Central Park”, but NSW’s US-born Premier Kristina Keneally denies suggestions she’s trying to “Americanise” Sydney.

The CEO of the developer, Frasers Property Australia, Stanley Quek, chose the name because of the site’s proximity to Central Station and Broadway.

At the announcement of the park project’s approval by the NSW Department of Planning, Ms Keneally said the entire $1.3 billion development, which will also include shops, homes and offices, would create more than 1200 construction and 6000 ongoing jobs.

“The site is creating jobs close to home and public transport,” she said.

The 5.8 hectare public park – expected to be accessible to the public in 12 months – will return open space to a part of the city which has been cut off for 150 years.

“The public are getting a major benefit upfront and early, returning much-desired open space to the inner city,” Ms Keneally told reporters.

The $6 million park development includes landscaping, tree planting, gardens, paved areas and water features.
“This site represents significant urban renewal for Sydney and it represents significant investment into our city and our state,” she said.

The overall project is expected to be completed within eight to 10 years.

There will be a significant affordable housing component to the development, Ms Keneally says.
“We have an obligation to provide just over $30 million of payments to the Redfern Waterloo Authority to fulfil the formal Affordable Housing Component on that site,” Frasers’ chief operating officer Nicholas Wolf said.

Details of all other parts of the project are yet to be determined.



FRASERS BROADWAY: Australia’s Greenest Development

8 Mar

Big things are happening in Sydney. First Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, went global last month. Then, the city unveiled its brand new 2030 vision, which outlines the steps that the city will take to reduce its emissions by 60%. And now, a new project planned for the outskirts of the city will become the most sustainable development in Australia. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the new 5.8 hectare (14+ acre) development – a mix of commercial, retail, and residential space – will have contributions from none other than Pritzker Prize winners Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel!

The new development will be located in the old Kent Brewery, just a couple of minutes away from the City’s Central Station. The 250,000 square meter development, managed by Frasers Property, will contain a number of architect designed buildings, a new urban park, and the retention and reuse of over 32 heritage items currently existing on site (some of which you can see in the drawings below.)

The project is a milestone for Sydney, and it is the first project in Australia for recent Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel. It will be the most sustainable in the country and involve the installation of a gas-powered, co-generation electricity plant and a waste-water recycling plant. Both Foster + Partners and AJN will each design one of the iconic buildings in the site. The team is not all international though, a number of Australian firms, such as Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Turf Design, are also involved in the project.

The goal of the project is to achieve carbon neutrality. To do so, the intention is to achieve and explore every design method and technology that they can get their hands on from design efficiency, to the addition of green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces. Furthermore the project is intended to integrate with Sydney’s vision of the future by becoming one of the city’s “Green Transformers” – the project will be one of a number of energy generating and water recycling sites that will provide these services to their own developments and the areas nearby.

Australia’s major cities have always had a healthy rivalry with regards to who is best. Sydney just threw the gauntlet, so we look forward to seeing what’s next.

+ Frasers Broadway
+ Fosters + Partners
+ Ateliers Jean Nouvel


Lights still on at Frasers Broadway

by Tina Perinotto

Frasers Broadway: $100 million of sustainability features and world benchmarks

Frasers Property was this week forced to deny media reports that its massively ambitious plans for a sustainable makeover of the huge former Carlton & United brewery site at Broadway in Sydney were on hold indefinitely because of funding difficulties.

Cancellation or indefinite shelving of the Frasers Broadway site as it is now called, would be a huge blow for the sustainable property world.

Frasers’ plans are for $100 million of sustainability features that would set new benchmarks both in Australia and internationally.

They include a trigeneration plant that could possibly pump energy back into the grid, enough recycled water to supply all non-potable on site needs, and possibly some of its neighbours,  green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces.

On top of this the company says it is “pro-actively investigating all available technologies and techniques to target 100 per cent carbon neutrality.”

And that’s just the headline items.

According to insiders at the company, the interest from professionals and other worthy causes such as academics has been so strong that the company has been seriously struggling with the deluge of requests for information and special briefings.

For this project to be put on hold would be almost a national calamity.

Frasers has gone a fair way to reassure concerned onlookers.

According to a media statement from Frasers, managing director Stanley Quek, was misinterpreted by journalists in his assessment of the global financial crisis and its impact on development projects.

“Developers cannot develop without borrowings. Banks in Australia and Singapore are strong but have become tight with lending, carefully re-assessing risks before making decisions,” Dr Quek had said, according to the media statement.

The schedule is for construction to start in 2010, the statement said but – and here is the clincher –  “subject to development approvals and confirmation of project funding.”

The company’s official statement on Monday 20 April said that there was no intention to abandon any scheduled work. [Construction has yet to commence so it cannot be abandoned.]

Still on track are the site works and planning and approvals processes for the 8-10 year project.

Also going ahead will be a range of community commitments such as two parks, and $6 million in affordable housing contributions to the Redfern Waterloo Authority scheduled for this year – just to show that financially there is already a big investment in the site.

That doesn’t sound like someone about to pull the plug.

But then again, there are developers and then there are the masters of the financial universe. And right now the two are speaking different tongues.

Snapshot of Frasers Broadway
Sustainability 6 green stars target
Product mix 60 per cent residential
40 per cent commercial/retail
New buildings 10
Protected heritage items  33
Total floor space 255,500 square metres
Parking spaces Maximum 2000
Publicly accessible open space 33,400 sq m
21 April, 2009