Archive | August, 2010

WORK UNDERWAY ON $500 MILLION SYDNEY LIGHT RAIL REVOLUTION

29 Aug

Saturday 14 August, 2010

Premier Kristina Keneally today announced the next two stages of the NSW Government’s $500 million delivery of the expanded light rail system.

Work underway in Summer Hill in late August 2010. Note the new concrete sleepers and gravel.

The developments are:

• Major preparation work has now started on the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield light rail extension; and

• The NSW Government has today called for tenders for a detailed transport and traffic study to identify the preferred route for light rail through the Sydney CBD.
Ms Keneally was joined today in Dulwich Hill by Acting Transport Minister, David Borger, and Deputy Premier and Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt, to inspect rail work on the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield Light Rail corridor.
Up to 200 rail workers have been on site from this week, replacing ballast, sleepers and rail along the former freight rail corridor.
The Dulwich Hill extension is the first part of the $500 million light rail network which will be delivered for Sydney under the Metropolitan Transport Plan.
Construction work of the Dulwich Hill link will start in early 2011 after a full assessment by the Department of Planning, including a public exhibition and consultation process.
“Light rail will make it easier to move around the city, reducing vehicle congestion and easing pollution – and today I announce the next two steps,” Ms Keneally said.
“The work we’re doing at Dulwich Hill will mean construction can start quickly after the Department of Planning has completed assessment of the project.
“What we are seeing today is the NSW Government’s $50 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan in action, delivering new transport links and infrastructure for the people of NSW.”

The CBD extension is the second part of the plan for light rail in Sydney, which will see new connections to Haymarket, Barangaroo and Circular Quay.
Ms Keneally today announced the calling of tenders for a detailed transport study which will identify the preferred route for the CBD light rail link. The study will:

• Make a recommendation of the preferred alignment and consider traffic modelling around the preferred route; and

• Consider potential impacts of changing transport patterns across the CBD, including future demand in areas such as Barangaroo and Walsh Bay.
“Introducing a brand new mode of transport in the city centre needs to be done properly with the right consideration of traffic and other implications,” Ms Keneally said.
“This study will help determine the best route for the extension through the CBD from Haymarket to Circular Quay.”
The study will be overseen by the Transport NSW, in conjunction with the City of Sydney, who will work together to determine the best light rail option for the CBD.
Ms Tebbutt said she was pleased the NSW Government is taking the next steps in preparation for a new light rail service.
“The people of Marrickville and Balmain have been calling for light rail for some time, and I am pleased they can already see work underway,” Ms Tebbutt said.
“Within two years, we will have a reliable, safe, comfortable light rail passenger service operating from Dulwich Hill to Central – alongside the new GreenWay.”
Acting Transport Minister, David Borger, said community consultation and input will be central to Sydney’s $500 million light rail program.
“The NSW Government will hold separate community consultation processes about the Dulwich Hill and CBD components of Sydney’s light rail system,” Mr Borger said.
“This will give the people of Balmain and Marrickville, and the people of Sydney, the opportunity comment in detail on the separate parts of Sydney’s new light rail system.
“We want local residents and local businesses to have ample opportunity to put their suggestions and views across, to help shape the new light rail network.
“Formal consultation about the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield link will continue in the coming months as part of the Environmental Assessment process, while consultation as part of the CBD light rail system will take place after the transport study.
“I am particularly looking forward to people’s views on the new Greenway – a mixed use zone for area for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers.”
The planning approval process for the CBD light rail extension will start after the transport study has been completed and a preferred route has been identified.
More information the NSW Government’s light rail plan is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au

Background notes

• Under the NSW Government’s $50 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan, there is almost 10 kilometres of new light rail track, bringing the total distance to 16.9 kilometres – stretching from Circular Quay to Dulwich Hill.
Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield Link:

• The extension from Lilyfield to will utilise the disused rail corridor at Rozelle and will run six tram services an hour along the network.

• Refurbishment work will be underway until 31 October 2010 between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Work includes:
o Cleaning and replacing the ballast (the crushed rock under the rails and sleepers)
o Replacing the timber sleepers with concrete sleepers
o Re-railing the dual tracks
o Straightening the three disused freight rail turn-off points at Lilyfield, Mungo Scott and Hercules Street
o Replacing the load-bearing beams of the railway bridges at Charles St and Lewisham culvert
o Extending the track at Lilyfield to link the existing and future services, and
o Removing the overhead wire and supports.

• A series of expert technical and ecological investigations have been undertaken, and bushcare and habitat sites have been quarantined prior to this new work starting.
o Every care is being taken to minimise disruption to residents and impacts on the local environment, particularly as the vegetation growing between the tracks is removed.
o Transport NSW is doing a comprehensive restoration program to reduce the need for future maintenance when the light rail service is operating.

Stations

• Nine stops have been identified for the light rail link, as part of the project application lodged from Transport NSW to the Department of Planning. They are:
o Leichhardt North (west of James St, adjacent to Darley St and City West Link Rd);
o Hawthorne (between Darley Rd, close to Lyall St and Hawthorne Canal);
o Marion (north of the overbridge crossing of Marion St, close to Lambert Park);
o Taverners Hill (northern side of Parramatta Rd overbridge, just east of Battle Bridge over Hawthorne Canal);
o Lewisham West (south of Longport St overbridge);
o Waratah Mills (north of Davis St overbridge);
o Arlington (adjacent to Johnson Park, north of Constitution Rd overbridge);
o Dulwich Grove (between New Canterbury Rd and Hercules St overbridges); and
o Dulwich Hill Interchange (adjacent to Dulwich Hill railway station).

CBD Light rail link:

• The Metropolitan Transport Plan includes a light rail extension through the CBD to provide transport for city growth areas such as Barangaroo, the King Street Wharf financial precinct, the Walsh Bay entertainment precinct and The Rocks.

• Work currently being undertaken by GHD will identify potential options for a light rail route based on either George St or Sussex St.

• Work currently being undertaken by GHD, focusing on the feasibility of light rail routes through the CBD along Sussex Street or George Street will feed into the study.

• The options are expected to include:
o Sussex St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo to Circular Quay
o George St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo via Circular Quay
o a light rail loop using both George St and Sussex St

• These options will form the base case for the CBD Light Rail Transport Study.

• The planning approval process for the CBD light rail extension will start after the transport study has been completed and a preferred route has been identified.

Source- http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/releases/100814_work_underway_on_500_million_sydney_light_rail_revolution.pdf

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Sydney’s first GreenWay in light rail extension

It has been announced that the new light rail corridor between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill will host Sydney’s first “GreenWay” – an environmentally sustainable, integrated transport corridor.

The new GreenWay is a first for Sydney – it will ensure the corridor has a ‘mixed use’ for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers.

This is a milestone in the roll out of Sydney’s $500 million light rail expansion and is part of the NSW Government’s fully funded $50.2 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan.

Under the Metropolitan Transport Plan, there is almost 10 kilometres of new light rail track, bringing the total distance to 16.9 kilometres – stretching from Circular Quay to Dulwich Hill.

People will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, through Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Council areas.

Converting the old freight corridor between Lilyfield and Dulwich for light rail use will also significantly improve transport for commuters.

Design and construction work on the GreenWay will be undertaken at the same time as work on the light rail line, which is expected to be completed within two years.

Transport NSW will today lodge the project application and Preliminary Environmental Assessment with the Department of Planning, followed by community consultation.

Nine stops have been identified as part of the project application, following consideration of aspects such as the GreenWay, transport connections, walking distances, accessibility and proximity to retail, residential and recreational areas.

The recommended stops are:

Leichhardt North (west of James St, adjacent to Darley St and City West Link Rd);
Hawthorne (between Darley Rd, close to Lyall St and Hawthorne Canal);
Marion (north of the overbridge crossing of Marion St, close to Lambert Park);
Taverners Hill (northern side of Parramatta Rd overbridge, just east of Battle Bridge over Hawthorne Canal);
Lewisham West (south of Longport St overbridge);
Waratah Mills (north of Davis St overbridge);
Arlington (adjacent to Johnson Park, north of Constitution Rd overbridge);
Dulwich Grove (between New Canterbury Rd and Hercules St overbridges); and
Dulwich Hill Interchange (adjacent to Dulwich Hill railway station).
Community consultation about the light rail extension has shown very strong support for incorporating the GreenWay.

The GreenWay concept originated with the community and has been embraced in many ways already, particularly through bush regeneration work. More than 400 people provided a submission to the pre-construction study.

The new bike path along the GreenWay will be a key link in the Sydney cycle network.

The project will add a cycle and walking path south beyond the light rail stop at Dulwich Hill, so that people will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove.

There will also be a new walking and cycling path built across the Hawthorne Canal so Haberfield residents can easily access the “Hawthorne” light rail stop.

In some places, the actual rail corridor is in a deep cutting and not wide enough to have a new shared path alongside, meaning the path will have to divert away from the line for some short distances.

There will continue to be ongoing community consultation during the initial Environmental Assessment period, including community updates via mail and information on the Transport NSW website.

The Stage 1: Inner West Extension Product Definition Report, Preliminary Environmental Assessment and the summary of community feedback are available on the Transport NSW website www.transport.nsw.gov.au

Source- http://www.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydneys-first-greenway-light-rail-extension

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Residents stand united over Summer Hill flour mill development

29 Aug

27 Aug 10 by Alex WARD

The developer’s controversial vision for the Summer Hill flour mill site. Image: HASSELL

AUSTRALIANS were divided at the polling booths but Summer Hill and Lewisham residents stood united against massive developments.

A community referendum was held on Saturday at three polling booths in Summer Hill and Lewisham to vote on the development plans for the McGill St precinct and the Mungo Scott flour mills.

The site at present.

An overwhelming 94 per cent of 1500 concerned residents who took part were opposed to the scale and scope of the developments.

A spokeswoman for the Summer Hill Action Group said they were swamped by concerned residents.

“What’s alarming is that these two sites are being developed separately even though they’re right next to each other,” she said.

“The community aren’t aware of this and so there was lots of interest on Saturday.”

Together the developments include more than 760 units, multiple high-rise buildings and extra traffic generated on to already heavily commuted roads.

The spokeswoman predicted the community dissent toward the developments would grow to become a key state election issue for Inner West residents.

The Courier reported on the developer’s masterplan for the mill site in Tuesday’s edition.

Developer EG Funds Management presented the masterplan to Ashfield Council last week.

It includes three new streets, up to 300 dwellings, 2500sq m of retail space and 4000sq m of commercial space.

Source- http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/residents-stand-united/

Lewisham Towers / Greenway links

29 Aug

I will update this page as more links become available- TF

Lewisham Towers

Excerpt from developer master plan.

The site, 2010.

Lewisham Part 3A development map
Map of the area for the proposed development at the corner of Old Canterbury Road and Longport Street Lewisham, NSW Australia. Site on Google earth- http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&source=embed&msa=0&msid=104867751407999099629.00046910d60ec0eb8c5b4&ll=-33.893395,151.144881&spn=0.006234,0.010729&z=16
 
Leichhardt Council Notice of Motion for Demian Constructions Part 3A application
http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/IgnitionSuite/uploads/docs/SUPERMARKET%20DEVELOPMENT%20APPLICATION.pdf

Developer masterplan  
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/masterplan.html
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/docs/Landscape_Master.pdf

Lewisham Towers opposition

“No Lewisham Towers” Community Oppostion website   http://www.nolewishamtowers.org/

Discussion on Marrickville Greens website
http://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/issue/lewisham-part-3a-development/

Discussion on Ashfield Greens website
http://ashfield.nsw.greens.org.au/2009/11/25/nom-mcgill-street-precinct-master-plan/

Allied Mills (Mungo Scott Flour Mill)

http://ramin.com.au/travel/disused-railway-track.shtml
http://www.ramin.com.au/annandale/NSW-Feb-2010-Transport-Plan.shtml

Precedent for mill refurbishment 1 mile up line- Waratah Mills (Dulwich Hill).

In Sydney’s Dulwich Hill, Nettleton Tribe Architects converted a 1920s heritage-listed flourmill and silos into 84 apartments, known as Waratah Mill. Very successful.

Frontage to rail line.

Architect website- http://www.nettletontribe.com.au/projects/projects.asp?project=N1702c
http://www.dedece.com/projects/Waratah%20Mills/1273/
Waratah Mills MLR station, Sydney- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waratah_Mills_MLR_station,_Sydney

 

The Allied Mills site, 2010

 

The Allied Mills site, 1910 (before construction of the goods line).

The same location, looking towards the Harbour (I love the wide open spaces!)

The same location, 2010. A portion of the old railway bridge truss has been preserved for posterity.

Statutory

Ashfield Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/lep_zoning_map.html

Marrickville Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/planninganddevelopment/maps/zoninginformation.htm

Greenway Extension

Greenway project- http://www.greenway.org.au/
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/sydney%E2%80%99s-first-greenway-in-light-rail-extension/
High Line New York- http://www.nyc-architecture.com/CHE/CHE029-TheHighLine.htm

The Greenway today (on the Hawthorn Canal near Kegworth School). This shows fig trees planted 20 years ago by Greenway enthusiasts.

Sydney light rail extension project

Light Rail operator website
http://www.metrotransport.com.au/index.php/home-2
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/proposed-routes/light-rail-to-dulwich-hill/

State Government Project Info (good links)
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/rail/lightrail-extension.html

Sydney Council website with light rail documentation
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/aboutsydney/ParkingAndTransport/LightRail.asp

History of Metropolitan Goods railway line, Sydney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Goods_railway_line,_Sydney

Ecotransit website coverage
http://www.ecotransit.org.au/ets/book/export/html/155

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The Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway project – the Greenway project envisions a green corridor for cyclists, walkers and light rail running along the old goods line and linking the Cooks River to Iron Cove.  The proposed development will build right up to the rail line and pose a significant obstacle for the continuity of the Greenway project.

Following quoted from Community Oppostion website-

Bypassing the local community – Part 3A

The developer has decided to bypass the local Council and community and apply straight to the state goverment’s Minister for Planning, Kristina Kenneally.  They are able to do this under the controversial Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Part 3A was introduced by the NSW Labor government  in 2005.  It allows big developments to be declared ’state significant’ which then allows them to be assessed and approved by the Minister for Planning.  Locally elected councils and the community are bypassed in a process that lacks transparency.

Part 3A was widely seen as a reward to big developers who have made big donations to help fund the NSW Labor Party’s election campaigns.  Property developers donated $9.9 million to the NSW Labor Party between 2002-2007.

According to the Department of Planning’s own figures, under Part 3A 295 of 296 applications were approved (that’s 99.6% of applications).  That’s despite 14,000 public submissions being received against proposals.  Clearly, Part 3A serves developers well.

The community believes that this development should be assessed and decided by the locally elected council – Marrickville Council.  Local councillors know their community well and are directly responsible to the community.

The Lewisham site

Marrickville Council has now updated s Local Environment Plan (the master plan for the whole area).  During this work the old industrial sites along the goodsline in Lewisham have been identified as an area for possible re-zoning and urban renewal.  The Council has to produce a master plan for the entire area to ensure that it complements and contributes to the existing community.

lewisham-site-web

The council’s new masterplan calls for an FSR of 1.7 to 1 on this site (Floor Space Ratio)

The current developer’s proposal is suggesting a FSR of 3.5 to 1!

The surrounding area generally consists of one or two storey residences.  Building sizes between three and six storeys are considered  appropriate for a residential redevelopment of the old industrial area of Lewisham.  

Marrickville Council produced and adopted a comprehensive Urban Strategy in 2007.  This strategy involved extensive community consultation.  Lewisham was identified as a ‘neighbourhood centre’.  Locating a major supermarket mall at Lewisham would make it an urban centre.  However, Lewisham does not have the infrastructure to be an urban centre and it will result in severe traffic congestion and loss of amenity for existing residents.

The Donations and the Consultant

Over the past decade there has been an unhealthy connection between big developers donating to the Labor and Liberal Parties and pro-developer laws and decisions being made.

The community is cynical and has lost confidence in our planning system.

A poll conducted by Galaxy Reserch for The Greens found an overwhelming 83% of NSW voters want a ban on donations from property developers to political parties and candidates.

A check on democracy4sale.org reveals that the Lewisham developer  ”Demian Constructions” has donated over $20,000 dollars through its sister company “Demian Developments”.

Former senior Labor Minister Carl Scully is a consultant for the developer.  He met with Marrickville Council staffon behalf of the developer prior to lodgement of the Part 3A application.  Carl Scully is not known for his architectural knowledge, so presumably he has been hired for his contacts and influence within the NSW Labor government.

For more information contact:  Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916 or mphillips@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Barangaroo- Moore declares hotel shadow too intrusive

20 Aug

Editor’s note- Oh dear, the water will be in shadow!

Matthew Moore and Kelsey Munro, August 19, 2010

THE lord mayor, Clover Moore, has broken ranks with the board responsible for Sydney’s biggest development, declaring a plan to build a hotel over the water at East Darling Harbour ”unacceptable” because of the size of its shadow.

Cr Moore, one of seven members of the board of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, said new shadow diagrams revealed a decision to halve the length of the hotel pier meant the major waterfront promenade – and the cafes and restaurants that lined it – would be cast in shadow in winter, with little sun during the lunch hours of noon and 2pm.

”It’s unacceptable,” said Cr Moore, who said the site’s developer, Lend Lease, would have to consider moving the hotel back to the shore to avoid overshadowing an area she said needed winter sun for the thousands of people who will work in the huge office towers.

Cr Moore has been under pressure from other members of the City of Sydney to quit the BDA board so she can freely criticise plans for the project, which has grown 40 per cent since the government first announced it and which she says is too big.

But she defended her membership and said she had been able to improve the design of Barangaroo, reducing the number of towers from four to three, improving views and encouraging some human scale development, as well as ensuring there were more streets and lanes to make the development appealing at ground level.

Despite these improvements, there were still major problems with the project, she said.

Apartment towers on the northern side of a planned new cove were too high at 35 storeys and should be cut down to minimise the amount of winter sun they would block; and the 90-metres-wide commercial towers were too big.

Plans to amend the concept plan to allow the hotel and increased buildings heights were lodged with the Department of Planning last week. A window for objections is open only until September 10, a period Cr Moore said was far too brief for any serious assessment of Sydney’s biggest project.

A spokesman for Lend Lease rejected Cr Moore’s criticisms and said a number of sites and orientations had already been considered for the hotel, and the pier on the harbour was the preferred option.

”An important aspect of the hotel design is that it creates a really commanding north-facing cove. The pier integrates with the Southern Cove to create a major waterfront civic space and water square,” he said.

While the hotel would cast a shadow over the promenade, he played down concerns. ”The hotel has a shadow that tracks across the promenade, but it’s a small portion of the promenade and it moves quite quickly over a short period of each day … so we don’t see that as a major concern, and in fact in some parts of the year you’ll be grateful for some sun protection.”

He also dismissed council’s concerns about the height of the northern residential towers (150 metres or about 46 storeys). He said the two tall, slender towers had been designed with solar access in mind.

Restaurant operators at King Street Wharf were alarmed to discover shadows from the huge commercial towers would reach many of their establishments and rob their breakfast customers of winter sunshine.

”They don’t want to sit in the shade. That’s the whole point of being on the wharf, it’s half the reason they’re here to be on the water: to be warm and look at the views,” said Rebecca Hambly, manager of La Cita restaurant.

Source- http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/moore-declares-hotel-shadow-too-intrusive-20100818-12f8m.html

Another bastard for the colonies
SMH, December 23, 2009

History will cast them as foes, but in fact the two designs make exactly the same mistake.

Philip Thalis’ competition-winning design, expunged from the official website as if it never existed, split the huge Barangaroo site lengthwise, giving the public a flat-as-a-pancake park along the water and putting private (built) uses inland.

Lend Lease’s politician-winning scheme goes the other way, dividing the site across, planting the southern (larger) half with a forest of towers while the northern-or-lesser half becomes a back-to-nature front lawn.

Three of Lend Lease’s towers exceed the (already expanded) height limit. Controversy is therefore expected, height being so measurable, so easy to fight over. But really, once you’re past 40, height is not the issue.

Indeed, and this was Thalis’ other error, if he’d gone 50 storeys instead of six or 10 he’d probably still be in place. Several downtown towers – including Renzo Piano’s Aurora Place and Norman Foster’s 126 Phillip Street – would be improved by another few storeys.

The real issue is deeper, less fixable, and common to both. It’s the folly of dividing public, open space from private built space – as though Sydney’s grandest project ever were just another suburban lot – when we all know that successful city precincts mix it up, using buildings to define spaces and spaces to enrich buildings.

Former prime minister Paul Keating likes to apply the Central Park simile. But Central Park’s defining trait is the way it does precisely this, shaping buildings into a sheer escarpment that creates the world’s most memorable outdoor room.

Another useful template is St Mark’s Square in Venice, where a relatively narrow public waterfront strip opens with sudden drama on to a bustling, all-but-hidden urban space. Or Valletta, where the central square is strongly internal but each end of each whitewashed street is filled with that sparkling, azure sea.

Barangaroo, in separating public grass from private commercial, does the opposite, condemning the parkland to be as godless and windswept – as undefined and hard-to-love – as Pyrmont Point Park, while the commercial precinct becomes a nine-to-five corporate dead zone.

This is a double tragedy because it is not Lend Lease’s choice but a wanton government decision, months back, to bifurcate the site for dollars, and cement the split with separate control authorities. This means that while the Lend Lease-Richard Rogers scheme was always the best, even in the 2005-06 competition it didn’t win, the city precinct that will result from their appointment can never regain anything like that original pizazz.

On the other hand, what Lend Lease has chosen – the architecture – looks pretty damn ordinary. Pretty cheap, actually, like King Street Wharf stretched tall. I’d guess it’s as close to Lord Rogers as 126 Phillip Street was to Foster. Strictly bastard children to the colonies, thanks. And as for the supposedly ”natural” headland? Expect no baroque lusciousness of sandstone and angophora. Expect flat concrete, dead-look grass and a few half-hearted trees. Expect cheap.

Keating’s role here is pivotal. He helped judge the competition and now chairs both the Public Domain body controlling the front half (which is unfunded and therefore revenue-dependent on the back) and the Design Excellence Review Panel that advises on the back half. Like, what conflict of interest? Where?

This could spell disaster. Reintegration is virtually impossible and John Tabart, who redeveloped Brisbane Airport and ruined Melbourne’s Docklands, is leading the charge. The heart sinks. But there is at least one overseeing eye: Keating’s.

Source- http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/another-bastard-for-the-colonies-20091222-lbu6.html

Westfield Sydney announces opening

20 Aug

Westfield will open the first stage of the $1.2 billion Westfield Sydney development in late October. 

More than 100 fashion and food specialty stores will open for trade by Christmas, at what will be a world class retail and commercial precinct. A second stage opening is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011, with the centre due for completion in 2012 with the construction of a 27-storey office tower that will be home to JP Morgan’s Australian headquarters.

The development is located at Pitt St Mall, Castlereagh and Market Sts, and connects to the highest grossing department stores in Australia – David Jones and Myer. On completion in 2012 the new development will comprise more than 250 fashion, food and lifestyle stores across 40,000sqm and seven levels. It will be complemented by Sydney Central Plaza’s 80 stores over 53,000sqm.


 
Westfield Sydney will offer shoppers a series of distinct precincts, including luxury, urban, Australian and international designers, and Australian high street shopping.

Westfield Group MD Australia and New Zealand Robert Jordan said Westfield Sydney will become the benchmark for downtown shopping malls in Australia.

“We’re developing a global centre that will offer the very best in retail, design, and services and we believe the centre will position Sydney as an international shopping destination,” Jordan said.

Stores to open in stage one in October include Gucci, Hugo Boss and Stuart Weitzman, new-to-market brands GAP, Mulberry, and DKNY Jeans, together with Australian retailers including Cue, Sportsgirl, Wanted Shoes, Zimmerman and Carla Zampatti. Westfield Sydney will also launch 100 Squared, a fashion incubator concept allowing clusters of young designers to have a pop-up retail space on level one.

Openings in 2011 will see the unveiling of further high street and designer stores including Prada, Miu Miu and the recently announced Zara, opening its first store in Australia. The full food offering includes fine dining restaurants on level six, a high-end restaurant-style food precinct, and due for completion in 2012, an outdoor bar.

Westfield has engaged internationally renowned Tokyo-based interior design company Wonderwall for the Westfield Sydney development. Previous Wonderwall projects include the Collette store in Paris and Uniqlo stores worldwide. The external building’s design and commercial tower has been undertaken by Melbourne firm John Wardle Architects, following an international design competition.

The completed precinct encompasses six elements totaling 171,000sqm of gross lettable area that together will create a world-class retail, tourism and office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, expected to be valued at approximately $3 billion.

by Inside Retailing Online on August 18, 2010

Source- http://www.insideretailing.com.au/Latest/tabid/53/ID/8894/Westfield-Sydney-announces-opening.aspx

No Lewisham Towers- Lobby group rejects plan for Lewisham Council

16 Aug

Editor’s note-
these people may vote Green, but they are displaying the kind of selfishness that is destroying our planet. A large site such as this, close to the city and existing infrastructure, is ideal for high density housing. With Sydney’s population marching towards 5 million, putting people here makes much more sense than putting them on quarter acre lots 40km away in the south west growth corridor (although I do believe that the retail component needs consideration, as the proposed Woolies would kill the Summer Hill shops, as we saw Glebe Point Road killed by the Broadway Mall).

16.08.10, TF.

No Lewisham Towers

23 Jul 2010, Fiona Brady

WHAT would make more than 150 Lewisham and Summer Hill residents sacrifice their precious Friday evening to watch a presentation in a church hall?

The answer is Lewisham Towers – the proposal for more than 500 apartments and shops on the corner of Old Canterbury Rd and Longport St, Lewisham.

After last year’s outcry over the scale of the development, particularly the 14-storey towers, the developer has downsized his plans for the site. According to a website set up by the developer’s consultants, Urbis, the maximum building height has been reduced from 14 storeys to nine storeys, there is less overshadowing and much more public open space, including a large central park.

On Friday evening the residents’ lobby group, No Lewisham Towers, gave its views on the new plan at a public meeting, before Urbis held a community consultation session on Saturday.

Chairwoman of the No Lewisham Towers, resident action committee Tamara Winikoff, said the Planning Minister Tony Kelly should not be deciding on the development because the Labor Party has accepted donations from the developer.

“In order for the NSW Government to comply with its own procedures they should refer the Part 3A application to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission that they set up where they can deal with conflicts of interest,” she said. “Or it’s more than likely the development will be less than $100 million, so it should be referred back to Marrickville Council.”

Ashfield independent councillor Caroline Stott, who attended both meetings, still sees the Lewisham plan as a “massive overdevelopment” that will adversely affect her ward of Summer Hill.

“The floor-space ratio is 3.5 to 1, which is almost 20 per cent more than you can achieve in the Ashfield town centre,” she said. She is also worried about traffic gridlock when both this site and the adjoining Allied Mills site is redeveloped.

Comments

Martin Wylie, 23 Jul 10

Hong Kong boast densities in excess of 16,000 people per square kilometre. And apparently an additional nine storey tower in Lewisham is considered overcrowding.
What nonsense! If you yearn and love suburbia than perhaps Lewisham residents should consider vacating.

Russell, 23 Jul 10

Cr Caroline Stott is worried about “traffic gridlock”. But both the developments which appall her are on the light rail and have stations right nearby. Ashfield Council could, if it wanted to be proactive instead of obstructionist, take a leaf out of Canada Bay’s book, and insist on only one car space per unit. Or Clover Moore’s, and insist on none. But some politicians, particularly the ones who hang their reactionary views on the “anti development” bandwagon, are not interested in positive outcomes for our planet at all. What they really want is the development to go to the outskirts, out on greenfield sites on the fringes of the city.

Many of them want it nowhere at all. They’re the ones who have (finally) joined the Hansonites, and now want to curtail immigration. After they have closed the borders, the next “problem” causing their beloved “gridlock”, “congestion” and “over-development”” is our birth rate. Byjesus, I hope they never get around to fixing that…

Source- http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/lobby-group-rejects-plan-for-lewisham/