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Allen Jack+Cottier shortlisted for 3 People's Choice Awards at World Architecture Festival

24 Sep

Sydney firm AJ+C has had three recent projects shortlisted for the upcoming World Architecture Festival awards in Barcelona.

Project 1- Glass Loggia House, Glebe.

Site is at the back of a grand Victorian terrace on Bridge Road.
Originally a private zoo in the 1930’s, Terragram’s ‘Garden of Ghosts’ retained and reused remnants of existing sheds, and used a vitrine containing a fish skeleton and a plant filled moat as a pool fence.

AJC conceived a double volume glass loggia that would be sheltered from the hot western sun by an existing cypress stand, to create an outdoor room in a way that acknowledges and accentuates the grand scale of the existing building, and is appropriate to the existing conservation area. The loggia and new rooms are designed to explore and exploit the ambiguities between what is inside and what is outside.

The loggia has the feel of a surreal garden element, creating an atmospheric space for contemplation, children’s play and entertaining guests. Both the new dining room and the master bedroom have corner sliding doors to dematerialise the sense of internal space. A stainless steel mesh curtain shading the whole northwest façade operates to transform the spatial qualities of the garden for different family functions, and changes the perception of the new and old adjoining spaces.

Link- http://openbuildings.com/buildings/glass-loggia-house-profile-40167

Project 2- Milson Island Sport And Recreation Centre

Recreation centre for the NSW Department of Sport & Recreation is located just north of Sydney on Milson Island, in the Hawkesbury River.

The shape of the building emerged from thermodynamic analysis, a study of side wind forces on site, the need to shed leaves yet collect water, and the enclosure requirements. Rainwater, free from the blockage of leaves, falls clear of the sloping glass slots into gardens for natural filtering and collection. All building elements had to be able to be barged across river to the site. The design celebrates this integrated thinking by allowing no visible ridge, eaves, gutters, downpipes or skylights on the exterior.

When the campfire is lit at night, and the hall interior is illuminated only by a strip of lights, the building seems to magically float in the surrounding bushland.

Link- http://openbuildings.com/buildings/milson-island-sport-and-recreation-centre-profile-40165

Project 3- Harris Street Studios

The site at 181 Harris Street originally consisted of a two storey building – occupied by a Simon Johnson gourmet food store – and a dilapidated single storey wing enclosing a small damp courtyard which opened onto Little Mount Street.

The brief was to provide additional Grade B commercial floor space and car parking on this complex site. AJC’s solution was to create a central glazed atrium space, partially open to the sky, and enclosed by an arrangement of studios and workspaces in a mini campus form. The living green space at its centre is a sunlit secret garden of moss and bamboo that has become the living heart of the building. The garden is surrounded by original brick walls and new walls of zinc, steel and concrete to form a light filled contemporary space.

The design by landscape consultant Terragram uses rainwater irrigated shallow soil profiles to transform the amenity of the studios, providing break-out space and views.

Link- http://openbuildings.com/buildings/harris-street-studios-profile-40168

Sydney's top urban exploration sites

5 Sep

My favourite urban exploration sites in Sydney at the moment-

Site One- Dunlop/Slazenger Factory in Alexandria
9 Bowden Street, Alexandria.
Open and easy to access.

We found all sorts of old Slazenger things- tennis racquets, golf balls, shoes, etc. A favourite haunt for film makers (there were two crews there, early on a Sunday morning).

Part of the vast Green Square area, soon to be luxury flats.

Look at my car!

The holes in the asbestos sheeting roof make for splendid effects.

Famous graffiti artists work.

Site Two- Rozelle Tram Depot.
South of Harold Park Raceway, next to Jubilee Oval, Glebe Point.

Rozelle Tram Depot is a large tram depot in Glebe that has stood effectively empty sine the 1960s.
It is currently being redeveloped as part of Mirvac Harold Park residential redevelopment and will be developed as a retail area.

The vandalised trams within will be retained on site and restored.
Currently patroled by security, as is now part of construction site. Quiet on Sundays.

This place is classic as the interior is slowly returning to nature, complete with ponds of tadpoles.

A local ruffian leaving his mark.

Link- http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/GLE/GLE39.htm

Site Three- Summer Hill Hospital
Grosvenor Centre, 56 Liverpool Road, Summer Hill (abandoned hospital).

Private property. Soon to be redeveloped into flats. Main building is heavily alarmed.
Summer Hill’s largest mansion, Carleton (now the Grosvenor Hospital’s main building), was built in the early 1880s on Liverpool Road for Charles Carleton Skarrat.

Definitely haunted…..

That ruffian again!

Note-
The above images were sent to me by anonymous sources.
The sites are (dangerous) private property and are not open to the public.

Recent inner-city developments- CBD Low/Mid Rise (under 10 levels)

8 Jul

01- Cheese Grater (Architects- Allen Jack+Cottier)

Spunky new educational bldg DA as part of UTS (1 -3macarthur st)
cnr Macarthur st/bay sts
International Grammar School

02 15-35 chippendale student accommodation (architects- Silvester Fuller)

Here’s a render – looks better as a model. The architects (Silvester Fuller) are based in Australia, but I guess that doesn’t mean they’re not American. The owners of the building are American, however – it’s student accommodation for Boston University.
Original design from rising star TONY OWEN. Not half as good as what was finally built.

03- Belmore Park substation
The more I think about this one the more of a wasted opportunity this really is.
The 1918 Sydney hotel which was pulled down for current carpark.

04- New HQ for Google in Pyrmont- Workplace6. 6-Star Green Star-designed. (architects- Nettleton Tribe).

05- SUSSEX HAY CENTRE – 405-411 SUSSEX STREET, HAYMARKET (architects- Crone Partners Architecture Studios)

Demolition of the existing 5-6 storey buildings and construction of an 8 storey building with 2 levels of basement parking for 23 cars and lower ground supermarket, retail and restaurant at ground and first floors and 6 levels of commercial offices above.
It’s called the Sussex Hay Centre. You aren’t going to be happy with what they replaced, and what with (well I know I’m not, over 100 year old heritage lost!).

Here’s a Flickr website dedicated to what has been lost –
http://www.flickr.com/groups/688094@N20/

Here’s what the old 2 buildings looked like –

06- Dominion. 299 Forbes st, Darlinghurst. (architects- Group GSA)
At it’s highest point (about 30m down Burton Street), it’s about 29m from street level to the top of the lift overrun. At the corner of Forbes and Burton Streets it’s about 23m (7 storeys); at the corner of Burton and Bourke Streets it’s 24m (7 storeys).

A new Dominion to rise in Darlinghurst
8 July 2010

St Hilliers and Cbus Property have launched Dominion, a 110 luxury apartment development in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

The development is located on the site of the former Caritas healthcare facility, which St Hilliers acquired from St Vincent’s Hospital in 2008 with concept plan approval for a medium density residential and commercial development.

The triangular site is bounded by the famous Darlinghurst Gaol, now the National Art School, the NSW Supreme Court and the former heritage Darlinghurst Police Station.

The building was designed by Group GSA, with interiors by SJB Architects.

Architecturally, the approach has been to create three new buildings unified on a contiguous sandstone base, which wraps around the site and is in keeping with the historic surrounds. The base houses around 1,000 sqm of retail and commercial areas.

The Bourke, Burton and Forbes residences are low-rise buildings which feature an architectural profile of steel, glass and louvres and floating roofs. Four apartments housed within two adapted heritage buildings retained on the site blend heritage features and contemporary style.

Utilising the large frontages and stepped unit façade layout, over 90 per cent of the units are cross-ventilated.

The development as a whole aims to achieves a 5 star NatHERS environmental rating.

Construction of the development is expected to commence in December 2010 and will take 18 months to complete.

07- ‘Eden’ 19-31 Goold Street, Chippendale: (Architect: Tony Owen)

On a sadder note, a new DA is in for 19-31 Goold Street, Chippendale, and those terrific swooping and swaying lines of the rear of the building have been ‘rationalised’ into something much straighter and more conventional and much less interesting. What grey cardigan’s bloody idea was that?! 8 storeys 26 apt.

08- EastExchange. The extension to the old East telephone exchange at 320 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst.

http://www.eastexchange.com.au/
Developed by Maygood Australia.
A 1923 stripped classical style public works building designed by E.H. Henderson.

09- Luxe Apartments in Woolloomooloo. The site – currently a hole – sits between Sir John Young Crescent and Crown Street.
A large hole in the ground on the site of the former Sydney Eye Hospital in Woolloomooloo is set to become twin seven-storey apartment blocks (has been gathering puddles and graffiti since the late 1990s).
Developer- Investment group FKP. The new $95 million blocks will be called Luxe and contain 77 apartments with an average price of $1 million.
The buildings were designed by architects Marchese Partners International and modified by Krikis Tayler Architects.

10- DA in for Student Housing, 1 Regent Street, Chippendale.
DA submitted 2007.

11- Glass box atop Louis Vuitton’s new flagship store, on the corner of King and George. (architects- Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp).
Formerly The Blacket Hotel. Developer- Kingvest Pty Ltd.

Mirvac aquires Harold Park- another billion dollar site!

10 Dec

MIRVAC ACQUIRES ICONIC $1 BILLION INFILL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SITE

10 December 2010


Mirvac Group (“Mirvac”) [ASX: MGR] is pleased to announce that the success of its
Development Division continues with the agreement today to acquire Harold Park Paceway,
Sydney, to be developed into a 1,200 lot masterplanned community, representing total
forecast revenue of over $1 billion.

Following on from the strong sales momentum at the Group’s recent project launches at
Waterfront Newstead ($27 million – presales), Yarra’s Edge, Docklands ($69 million –
presales), Rhodes Waterside, Sydney ($107 million – presales) and Endeavour 88, Sydney
($204 million – presales), Harold Park reinforces the Group’s development growth strategy.

Harold Park Paceway, home to the NSW Harness Racing Club, is located in Glebe,
approximately 2.5 kilometres from the Sydney CBD and comprises 10.6 hectares of
land. Harold Park benefits from the light rail which is located immediately adjacent to the
site providing direct link to Central Sydney.

Mirvac’s proposed scheme incorporates 1,200 medium density dwellings and will deliver
significant benefits to the local community including the dedication of 3.8 hectares of public
open space. Development of the site is expected to commence in early 2012, with
settlements forecast from financial year 2014.

The project will provide a significant boost to the local and state economies generating
approximately 3,500 direct jobs during construction.

Mirvac’s Managing Director, Nick Collishaw, said, “We are extremely excited about our
success in securing this prime site, as it is a clear fit with our core competencies.

“Mirvac’s ethos is to create great places for life which we have demonstrated for almost 40
years with an unparalleled ability to deliver integrated, generational masterplanned
communities. Key examples of these include Raleigh Park, and Walsh Bay in Sydney,
Beacon Cove in Melbourne and Waterfront Newstead in Brisbane,” Mr Collishaw said.

Source- Mirvac media release, December 10th, 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

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