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2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

16 May

2014 is a huge year for Sydney glitz and glam.

A number of old icons are being razed for new icons. Each one of the below buildings are world class.

Under construction


International Towers | 49st, 43st, 39st / 217m, 178m, 168m /
Architect- various

The fantastic Barangaroo is emerging from the primordial soup of east Darling Harbour.



20 Martin Place
Architect- Crone Partners in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates (NY).

A dazzling glass Miesien box to replace the seventies dazzling glass Miesien box. The main part of the renaissance of Martin Place. The architects have moved the circulation cores out of the main floor area. The old building was reduced to a fantastic steel skeleton.
Crones are so hot right now!


5 Martin Place
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker with Tanner Kibble Denton Architects.

A rather sympathetic and sophisticated approach to the sandstone canyon of Martin Place. Compliments the Commonwealth Bank money-box building next door.


Macquarie Martin Place headquarters
48 Martin Place.
Architect- Johnson Pilton Walker

This one looks like great fun. The architects have created a central void and a vast domed skylight.
A real urban testament to the money and glamour of banking (like something out of a Batman movie!).


UTS Information Technologies Engineering Building (Broadway)
Architect- Denton Corker Marshall (DCM)

I’m not sure how this will turn out. It is pretty cool to look at, but it’s such an ugly monolithic metallic slug on such an important site that I think in ten years time it may be reviled (especialy if the cladding rusts). Cubist marshmallow!


Urbanest student housing Wattle Street.
Architect- GROUP GSA

I’ve included this to show some interesting contextual stuff going up. Again part of the incredibly dynamic Haymarket district.


Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS
Architect- Frank Gehry

Wow- my brain hurts thinking about the brickwork in this building. Indulgent but delightful (essence of architecture, right?).
Good to see an iconic education building on this site on the end of the Goods Line pathway.


180 Thomas Street, Haymarket.
Architect- Bates Smart

A speculative corporate response to the same site as above (Goods Line pathway), sitting on top of an existing substation.
A really good effort by Bates Smart if you ask me.


Central Park
on Broadway near Central Station
Architect- Norman Foster + Partners + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Zipping along, needless to say…
Designed by Jean Nouvel, the development encompasses a shopping mall and apartment complex, with vertical gardens featuring on its facade.

Under demolition and site prep.



Sydney Convention Centre
Darling Harbour
Architect- Hassell

Big things are planned for this site. After a tortuous couple of months the original Convention Centre (flagship of the eighties Darling Harbour) has all but disappeared.


The Castlereagh
Architect- Tony Owen

More sleek plastic for downtown Sydney, to keep the overseas investors happy.
It replaces a rather staid 1920s job.


33 Bligh Street
Architect- Fitzpatrick and Partners with Kannfinch

This is an ambitious and exciting building. It can get to be so high as the building itself sits on top of a large substation (to be hidden behind a huge sandstone screen).
It replaces a graceful but clapped out late sixties building.


333 George Street.
Architect- Crone / Grimshaw

Here’s an exciting building on a great site. It’s good to see this part of town slowly come back to life (with then night clubs, etc).
When George Street become a pedestrian area this site will soar. It will house the local branch of Marks and Sparks.

Recently Finished


8 Chifley
Architect- Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Lippmann Associates in association with Mirvac Design.

Not as exciting as the renderings, but an excellent addition to the streetscape.


Eliza Apartments
Architect- Tony Owen

This is a wee bourgeois gem. Check out the stonework at street level- really creative.

This city has no shortage of capital compared to other cities, look at the dollars being spent on projects around the city this decade.
Lets see, short list I quickly compiled.
$30b transport plan from the NSW government. Light rail, North West Rail Link, M5, M4 extension etc.
$8b Green Square/Zetland
$6b Barangaroo Lend Lease contract + $1b Crown Casino
$2.5b Darling Harbour redevelopment, Lend Lease contract (this company is obviously scratching the right backs in government)
$2b Central park
$1.3b City One/Wynyard Station
$1b AMP/Circular Quay
$1b UTS redevelopments

It’s is after 10 years of non spending post Olympics.


Central Park retail is photogenic..

17 Nov


Wow, I mean very nice, obviously. The Germans in the office swan around speaking of “European architecture”- obviously, the towers at Central Park are just boxes covered with gimicks, but wonderfully done. Quite an oasis from an otherwise chaotic part of the city. Above we see the main residentail tower (Jean Nouvel?) with its fantastic hanging gardens. At the base of this is the retail component that opened very recently.


A closer view of the shopfronts. Huge shopfronts (around five meters or fifteen feet) with a token awning above.


Mirrored ceiling at the entry area.


Once I got in I was pleased by the simplicity of the deign. The plain white uncomplicated ceilings and returns and the dark stone floors (becoming the norm in fashion retail..).


The ceiling has a vast skylight with about a foot of water held on top- the small waves make the light shimmer.
The interior was done by PTW, with the original concept done by the Buchan Group.


There is a rather alluring mysterious ivy surrounded escalator heading down into the depths, but my impulse was to climb.



A lot of the fashion retail has some pared-back, sophisticated design. I love the exposed services here.


Simple candy stripes.



The food court is up a couple of levels. It’s still quiet and being fitted out, but I expect that this will become a very popular space.









Out the back, the bottom supermarket level connects through to a wonderful outdoor courtyard. This is also surrounded by food offerings and is filled with hip brazilian music. Again, I expect that this will become a great space.



And finally we look up to be reminded just how freaking hip this building is.

August Construction update

1 Aug

There are half a dozen fantastic projects going up within half a mile of Central Station.

Here are some recent update pictures (changing rapidly…)

01. Central Park

That heliport still amazes me every time I walk past it. And the greenery growing on the walls. Talk about smoke and mirrors. However, it does work to set this development apart from the other boring stuff. And the site is superb too.

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01A 01B 01C

02. 163 Castlereagh Street (ANZ Tower).

Up in mid-town, the new ANZ tower by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) has turned out wonderfully. The good detailing and sense of design that FJMT usually display on their libraries (etc) is here employed to make some urbanely relaxed inner city spaces.

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02A 02B 02C

03.  Construction of the new 14-storey faculty UTS ITE Building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street. A somewhat disturbingly modern (decon) facade (modern Brutalism..) facing the main entry to the city. This may turn out badly.

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03A 03B 03C

04.  The UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Just down the road from the ITE Building is the new superstar-Gehry-designed Chau Chak Wing. The facade has not started to go on but it promises to be a good one. It is also sited on an old elevated disused railway corridor that promises to become a very interesting and dynamic part of Sydney.

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05. 180 Thomas Street, Haymarket. Bates Smart

Won through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition.
Very nice little office building, opposite the Gehry UTS building (on the old railway building. A conversion of a 10 year old plinth.




Above- a BS rendering of the completed project.

Broadway's role in city life on the rise

5 Dec

Kelsey Munro, Jen Rosenberg SMH December 3, 2011

The price of good design

IN A few years, an unloved and unlovely part of the city will have been transformed into ”a gallery of eminent architects”, with new buildings by three Pritzker Prize winners, a 6400-square-metre park and a power station.

Investments totalling $1.5 billion from the University of Technology, Sydney, along with the joint venture developing the former Carlton&United Breweries site near Central Station, are set to reshape the southern end of the city centre.

On Broadway’s south side, a 33-storey residential tower shrouded in elaborate vertical gardens is rising around a new landscaped park, remnant brewery buildings and a planned tri-generation power station to supply the new complex.

Terraced gardens at One Central Park. Artist’s impression.

A cantilevered heliostat at the top of the building will direct light into the complex and become a digital artwork at night.

One Central Park

One Central Park, Sydney. Artist’s impression.

”There’s no doubt it’s going to be a stunning transformation over the next five years,” Guy Pahor, of Frasers Property, said.

Frasers is developing the One Central Park site in a joint venture with Sekisui House. ”Broadway’s going to be transformed, not just by the nature and volume of the construction, but the quality – call it a gallery of eminent architects,” he said.

With Gehry, there are Jean Nouvel, Richard Johnson, Norman Foster and vertical-garden pioneer Patrick Blanc in the internationals.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers with the heliostat illuminated at night time. Central Park. Artist’s impression.

Australian firms include Tzannes Associates, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Denton Corker Marshall and Durbach Block Jaggers.

Gehry, Nouvel and Foster have won the Pritzker, architecture’s highest honour.

When the first stage of One Central Park is finished in late 2013, there will be about 1900 new apartments for 2500 residents and space for 5400 workers in offices and a four-storey mall.

Richard Johnson buildings, Cental Park. Artist’s impression.

The developer has worked to sway objectors angry at the height of the towers, holding several community forums, investing in a public art program and allowing local artists to work rent-free in heritage warehouses on the site.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.


For UTS, the development was as much about creating an education hub for the whole area as it was expanding its footprint, the vice-chancellor, Ross Milbourne, said.

”The exciting thing about this project is that it takes an area that has been quite rundown – it’s always been the poor cousin to the rest of Sydney – and it’s really reinventing itself to be a cultural and educational precinct.”

Across the road, the base of the 27-storey brutalist concrete UTS tower will be wrapped in an undulating glass facade, and construction starts in March on a new 14-storey faculty building dramatically sheathed in angular aluminium on the corner of Broadway and Jones Street.

Off Harris Street, the university is also building Australia’s first Frank Gehry building, with its distinctive crumpled facade and treehouse-like skeleton, which caused much controversy when plans were unveiled late last year.

UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing building, designed by Frank Gehry, his first Australian project. The 16,030-square-meter (172,545-square-foot) business school building at the University of Technology, Sydney, will have a “treehouse” design, incorporating a core yellow brick and crinkly glass structure, with “branches” spreading away from it, Gehry says.

Significantly, the site engages with the adjacent abandoned railway line and bridge and will feed into the pedestrian zone further up.


Professor Milbourne said the university had planned its growth to benefit students and the neighbourhood. ”We have a plan for student growth on our campus but part of it is to make it a better student experience, so more space for students … increasing student housing around this area and making it a safer environment,” he said.

The Broadway redesign links two other big redevelopments – Darling Harbour and Barangaroo – but has managed much of the latter’s controversy.

Professor Milbourne and the UTS deputy vice-chancellor (resources), Patrick Woods, attribute that to strong collaboration with the neighbours. These include the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and TAFE.

Atelier Jean Nouvel, residential towers, Central Park. Artist’s impression.

David Riordan, director of TAFE NSW-Sydney Institute, said the relationship between the two institutions was very positive.

”This is going to be the hub of education in Australia and we believe that we’re here to meet those needs and that we’ll be a key player,” Mr Riordan said.

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Central Park- Laneway plan grows from heritage-listed alley

16 Aug

Kelsey Munro Urban Affairs, August 15, 2011

THE developer of the former brewery site at Broadway has engaged a Sydney architect to turn a crumbling, heritage-listed alley near Central Station into a bustling Melbourne-style laneway precinct.

Kensington Street runs south from Broadway along the boundary of the brewery site and is lined with vacant, heritage-listed terraces and brewery administration buildings, some home to artists’ studios.

The street is book-ended with two great Art-Deco pubs- at the east the County Clare.

As it looked in the fifties, note the tram lines and clear road.

And on the western end by this robust specimen (love the stumpy concrete awning)…

Architect Tim Greer, who oversaw the reinvention of Eveleigh Carriageworks and the award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens, is running the project, which he said will provide a threshold zone between lower-rise, old city blocks and the towering new residential precinct.

Frasers Property’s chief executive officer, Guy Pahor, said the Melbourne laneway concept was apposite for what will be renamed Kensington Lane. ”This has a lot of parallels in terms of the scale,” he said, ”but also in what we intend to do with it, which is provide a rich diversity of uses which may include small eclectic retail outlets, cafes, possibly small book stores, possibly a boutique hotel and student accommodation.

”The restoration of the old Clare Hotel and the Fosters administration building is part of that mix.”

Mr Pahor said the developer was investing in the laneway because it believed the success of Central Park, the residential component, would depend on the quality of the public spaces delivered around it.

Brewery workers on their smoko break, some years ago.

Mr Greer said: ”[Kensington Lane] has some very significant remnant heritage buildings and also a lot of missing teeth which are ripe for new contemporary buildings.”

Frasers Property expects to put a detailed proposal for the laneway to planning authorities next year.

The building site yesterday.

The completed project, showing the “central park” open space.

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'Artists In Residence’ opens at Central Park

12 Apr

Frasers Property Australia is undertaking an $8 million public art programme at Central Park, the redevelopment of the former Carlton United Brewery site, in Chippendale.

Frasers commissioned highly acclaimed Sydney artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford of Turpin + Crawford Studio to develop a holistic public art strategy for Central Park in 2009. The strategy provides a cohesive long-term thematic and planning framework for the commissioning of permanent and temporary public artwork at Central Park.

Turpin + Crawford will work with other public art curators to ensure the highest calibre contemporary art is commissioned for Central Park. Renowned curator Anne Loxley is currently collaborating with Turpin + Crawford on the ‘Artists In Residence’ temporary art project for the historic Irving Street Brewery.

Turpin + Crawford have also been commissioned by Frasers to deliver the major kinetic artwork ‘Halo’, especially designed for Chippendale Green, the major new public park at the heart of the new precinct.

Importantly, Frasers’ commitment to public art and cultural at Central Park includes both temporary activations of the site and permanent installations.

Other art and cultural initiatives from Frasers include the highly regarded and awarded FraserStudios art space managed by Queen Street Studio, a supportive relationship with the UTS School of Architecture and ‘Art at Central Park’ with local gallery NG Gallery.

Upcoming art projects at Central Park include:

• Artists in Residence is an ambitious temporary public art installation that will see four major artworks installed one after the other on the heritage Irving Street Brewery building, within the Central Park construction site. Beginning this April with ‘Local Memory’ by Brook Andrew, the project will ‘grow’ as works by artists Mikala Dwyer, duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro and Caroline Rothwell are sequentially and cumulatively installed over the year. Responding to the concept of artists ‘taking up residence’ in the brewery building, these highly regarded Australian artists will transform the building with an arresting and dynamic suite of artworks.

• Turpin + Crawford’s major new artwork, ‘Halo’ will be installed at Central Park later this year. ‘Halo’, a kinetic wind-driven sculpture, will be a dynamic centrepiece for the Central Park precinct. A 12-metre diameter carbon fibre ring ‘floats’ off-centre around a 14-metre high pole. Gently spinning in the wind, the ring tilts and turns in a slow and mesmerizing airborne motion.

• FraserStudios is the creative transformation of three warehouses on Kensington Street, within the Central Park development site, into artists’ studios and rehearsal space.  Managed by Queen Street Studio, a not for profit local arts management company, FraserStudios opened in September 2008 and will remain open until December 2011. Free visual and performing arts residencies are offered, plus subsidised rehearsal space, events and workshops.

• ‘On Exhibition’ is a rolling program of exhibitions within the Central Park Display Pavilion, curated by managed by NG Gallery. Having commenced in October 2010 with former FraserStudios visual arts resident Mai Nguyen-Long, On Exhibition will continue to feature predominantly local artists. Frasers’ acquires a work from each exhibition, slowly building an eclectic collection.

• French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc has created 24 vertical gardens for the façades of One Central Park’s two residential towers. These living artworks will embody the green sensibility underpinning the precinct.
• One of the unique architectural features of Central Park is the dramatic lighting installation to One Central Park’s monumental cantilevered heliostat. Yann Kersale is a renowned lighting artist, based in France, whose previous collaborations with architect Jean Nouvel include Torre Agbar in Barcelona. At night the heliostat’s thousands of LED lights will theatrically and colourfully illuminate the towers, carving a shimmering firework of movement in the sky.


‘Artists In Residence’ opens at Central Park
Frasers Property Australia launches $450,000 temporary public art project

Sydney – 12 April 2011 – Frasers Property Australia will tonight open the $450,000 Artists In Residence project, a major component of the developer’s $8 million public art program at its landmark Central Park mixed-use development project in Sydney’s downtown.

Artists in Residence is a temporary public art project designed to transform the iconic, heritage-listed Irving Street Brewery building and brick chimney – prominently located at the centre of the Central Park development site – with the installation of four large, vibrant and witty artworks that will attract the attention of local residents, students and passers-by commuting to the city via Broadway.

As the first artist to unveil his work, Brook Andrew will tonight ‘switch on’ his piece, ‘Local Memory’, which features 18 individual photographic portraits of locals who have been in some way associated with the brewery throughout its working history from 1908-1998.
Local Memory is situated on the Broadway-facing façade of the Irving Street Brewery, perfectly placed to surprise and captivate passers-by.

Artists In Residence curator Anne Loxley said Mr Andrew’s artwork uses the architectural remnants of two floors of the brewery to arrange the 18 large-scale photographs, which will each be framed in red neon. The artist describes the work as “as a large-scale pulsating, glowing wall of faces”.

“Brook’s work depicts not only the workers but the brewery’s broader community. In researching this work he was interested not just in the workers, but also local residents, people who visited and drank at the pubs, kids who played in the area and even people who may have delivered or made other calls for various reasons at the brewery,” Ms Loxley said.

Four artworks will be installed on the Irving Street Brewery Building from April until early 2012 and will remain in place for up to three years. The works will be installed every three months, so that gradually, a playful ‘conversation’ will develop between the four works.

Ms Loxley said that as a whole, the four Artists In Residence artworks will not just intrigue and delight passers-by, they will allow pause to consider in myriad and open-ended ways, the history, nature and future of Central Park.

Artists In Residence was conceived and developed by art consultants and acclaimed public artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford, whose intention was to gradually transform the much-loved building with a group of bold and imaginative ‘residents’ who take occupancy with their arresting and mostly sculptural interventions. 

Ms Crawford said each artist had been given free rein to create an artwork that will not only contribute to the creative character of the Chippendale community, but would also be inspired by “the history, fluids, processes and intoxications of the site’s brewing past.”

In June 2011, ‘Local Memory’ will be complemented by Mikala Dwyer’s work which will crown the iconic 52 metre tall chimney. Later in 2011, the collaborative duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro will install a major sculpture. The final installation by Caroline Rothwell will be revealed in early 2012. 

Artists In Residence showcases the work of four of Australia’s most highly regarded contemporary artists selected from a competition involving seven artists. Brook Andrew’s work has been featured in numerous prestigious exhibitions both in Australia and internationally; in 2009 Mikala Dwyer was the recipient of an Australia Council fellowship; the collaborative duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale; and Caroline Rothwell recently exhibited a major installation at the Contemporary Art Society, London.

Frasers Property Australia’s CEO Guy Pahor said the $450,000 public art project will engage and enthrall the local and broader public, who will be able to literally watch the transformation of the brewery from street level.

“Artists In Residence forms part of Frasers’ $8 million public art programme which includes temporary work designed to enliven the site during construction, as well as permanent works embedded within the parks, streetscapes and buildings of Central Park,” Mr Pahor said.

“Chippendale has a well-established creative community and a colourful, eclectic character. We’d like to see that creative character extend into Central Park, and our public art programme is a major commitment to this end,” added Mr Pahor.

The Central Park Display Pavilion is now open daily from 10am to 6pm, at 80 Broadway, Chippendale. Telephone 1300 857 057 for details or visit

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Media enquiries:
Libby Conway at The Capital Group 02 9252 3900 or 0439 076 835
Lisa McCutchion at Frasers Property, tel (02) 8823 8800 or 0407 222 206,

About Frasers Property Australia
Frasers Property Australia (Frasers Property Management Australia Pty Ltd) is the Australasian division of Frasers Property, the international property arm of Frasers Centrepoint Limited. Frasers Property Australia is currently planning or developing residential, commercial and retail properties, including ‘Central Park’ on Broadway, ‘Lumiere Residences’, ‘Lorne Killara’ and ‘Trio’ in Sydney and residential subdivisions in Western Australia and New Zealand.

In 2009 Frasers Property Australia won the NSW Urban Development Institute of Australia Award for Concept Design for its $2billion future Central Park development, and the Property Council of Australia’s National Award for mixed-use development for Regent Place. 

Frasers Centrepoint Limited, a leading property company based in Singapore, is an integrated real estate company with a global portfolio of residential, commercial and serviced apartment properties spanning 16 countries across Asia, Australasia and the United Kingdom.

Central Park – Sydney's new $2 billion urban village

26 Mar

Central Park is set to become an icon of 21st Century living, helping Sydney stake a claim as one of the world’s great urban destinations. Spectacularly located at the edge of the CBD, Central Park is a $2 billion village with a beautiful, spacious park at its heart.

With 11 buildings, 1,600 apartments and a lively collection of shops, cafes, restaurants, laneways, terraces and offices, Central Park transforms the old Kent Brewery in Chippendale into an intelligent interplay of buildings and public spaces, and raises the benchmark for sustainable living globally.

As Australian artist Lloyd Rees once said, “A city is the greatest work of art possible”. This has never been truer than at Central Park, which enlarges our sense of what’s possible – now and in the future.


Great architecture isn’t created in a silo. Great architecture is collaborative. So when Frasers Property acquired the Carlton United Breweries site from Foster’s in 2007, it invited a ‘dream team’ of world-leading architects to create a vision that would match its vast potential.

The design brief for each architect was simply to create iconic architecture of the highest sustainable standards, with people at their heart. This brief was spearheaded by Dr Stanley Quek, CEO at Frasers Property, who felt it was important to devote one-third of the 5.8 hectare site to public, open spaces.

The masterplan therefore revolves around a spacious urban park, which covers 6,400 square meters in size. This, together with an intricate web of roads and pathways, draws people into the heart of Central Park and delivers its character and soul. It also returns the old Kent Brewery to the people of Sydney after 150 years of exclusion.

Sustainable design features include solar panels, rooftop gardens, tri-generation pipes and water tanks, which are cleverly adapted into each corner of the site.

“To have the voice of the engineer, community and architect working together to create one vision – this is the way contemporary architecture is made,” says Alex Tzannes, Director of Tzannes Associates, who played a key role in shaping the original masterplan.

“The masterplan is the unifying element that dictates the overall design, resulting in buildings that are memorable and distinctive, and enjoy a more special relationship with the people who inhabit them,” says Tzannes.

The masterplan has been through several incarnations, and is now being implemented by UK architects Foster + Partners. Even the slope of the site has been carefully considered, with buildings declining in height from the city towards residential Chippendale.


The very first stage of Central Park will set the scene for what is to come: two iconic residential towers rising above a retail centre, connected by terraced gardens to the main park beyond. World-class architecture, richly veiled in living green walls, this first residential stage will encapsulate all that Central Park has to offer: bold, beautiful and globally significant new directions for 21st century living.

Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, Central Park’s first residential buildings remind us that nature can thrive in the city. Its façade is the canvas for a breathtaking ‘vertical garden’ by French artist Patrick Blanc, which delivers a flower to each resident, and a bouquet to the city.

This first residential stage will be released in Winter 2010, with future stages – by Johnson Pilton Walker and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, amoung others – to come. To register your interest and ensure you are amoung the first to view Central Park,


Award-winning London architects Foster + Partners are the designers behind Central Park’s first iconic commercial building, which will be released for sale soon. Offering 90,000 square metres of prime office and retail space in Sydney’s newest urban quarter, Foster + Partners’ commercial building is conveniently on the southern cusp of the CBD.


Eat, drink, shop, explore and play… Central Park is a mixed-used precinct that delivers an eclectic collection of shops, fashion boutiques, galleries, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, fitness clubs and wine bars.

Central Park will soon unveil its dynamic retail precinct, which includes a five-story shopping mall at One Central Park; a laneway devoted to shops, markets, cafes and bars on historic Kensington Street; and a vast retail venue inside the old Kent Brewery building.


Within Central Park, on Kensington Street, Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikher Greer have created a new destination for cafes, galleries, weekend markets and organic food co-operatives. Central Park’s spacious green parks and gardens also provide a tranquil haven for the entire city to enjoy.

Colliers unveils Central Park shopping centre with a twist
09 Mar 2011…e-with-a-twist

Frasers Property Australia and Colliers International have launched “Central”, the first retail offering at the $2 billion Central Park development in downtown Sydney.

Central comprises 16,000sqm of retail over five levels, situated within the podium of the One Central Park residential towers on Broadway, with towers designed by globally-acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel and retail spaces conceptualised by The Buchan Group.

The new development will aim to provide shoppers with a blend of gourmet groceries and streetwise fashion, along with future-focused electronics retail, entertainment and dining, and urban wellbeing. However, according to Colliers International national director of retail, Nathan Clark, the precinct will veer away from the conventional large shopping centre format, and instead target the youth market and aim to fill a perceived niche.

“Central will have a youth focus, be fashion-forward and offer 18-hour trading and Sydney’s southern CBD does not have a retail offering of this calibre despite demonstrable demand,” he said.

“Central’s contemporary design, feature elements, interactive interiors and retail outlets will ensure a stand-out precinct that will really contribute to the urban village of Central Park.”

Clark has also seen significant interest from national retailers keen to cash in on the new development.

“Major Australian retailers are attracted to developers like Frasers who are providing shopping and entertainment destinations that increase foot traffic,” he said.

“[Because] these highly directional retail environments allow retailers to develop innovation within their brands, increase existing customer bases and push up moving annual turnovers.”

Central is expected to officially open to shoppers in April 2013.


Sydney’s Central Park development under construction…-construction/

A NEW development for central Sydney will bring a much needed international flavour to the southern CBD reminiscent of global cities such as Tokyo and New York.

Made up of 16,000 m2 of retail space over five levels, the development will sit within the podium of the Jean Nouvel designed One Central Park residential towers on Broadway and will be youth focused, at the fashion forefront and offer eighteen hour trading.

The lower ground level will be home to a major supermarket and specialty fresh food. The ground and first floors will have the latest local and international fashion outlets as well as technology stores. Above this will be two stories offering a mix of global cuisine while on the top level there will be a health and fitness facility.

Contemporary design and character-filled retail outlets will ensure the development contributes to the urban village style of Central Park when the complex opens in April 2013.


Now you can shop without a trolley…-1226018668905

IT will have karaoke bars, a swimming pool, market grocers – and not a shopping trolley or a carpark in sight.

This is the future of Sydney shopping centres.

A new five-storey shopping centre will be built by 2013 at the old Carlton United Brewery site on Broadway, with developers yesterday revealing every retailer, design and fit-out would be aimed at the youth market.

Mumsy mid-range designers will be ditched for cutting-edge fashions rising from Tokyo and New York.

Hardware stores and banks will be sacrificed for technology and electronics retailers and the fit-out will be anything but beige, with a graffiti wall instead.

Colliers International director of retail Hilton Hedley believed the centre would be a world-first, catering to the demands of downtown Sydney. “It’s an 18 to 35-year-old’s dream,” he said.

It will offer 20-hour trading, seven days a week, staying open from 7am to 3am and boasting restaurant dining, cocktails and even karaoke bars in its entertainment wing.

The whole fourth level will be an “Urban Wellbeing” health club, with a day spa, saunas and a 25m outdoor heated swimming pool on the fifth floor.

The centre, part of the $2 billion Central Park development, will be based on Singapore’s ultra-modern shopping centres.

Mr Hedley said the lower ground floor would feature a major supermarket and a fresh food market grocer, butcher and a baker to service the 8000 residents in the development’s apartments.

But there will be no fast-food court, rather about 20 Asian-inspired kiosks cooking fresh late into the night.

“There are 105,000 students at its doorstep,” Mr Hedley said. “They are smart and tech savvy. We want it to be lively and reflect that.”