Lendlease secures approval for 30-storey mixed-use project in Sydney

WCN Editorial Team 7 Oct 2019 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has given approval to Lendlease for a new 30-storey residential and retail development at Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia.

Lendlease submitted a state significant development (SSD) application for the construction, fit-out and use of a new 103.5m tower on a 1,750m² site near the intersection of Hickson Road and Watermans Quay.

The proposed development will include 210 residential apartments, including 48 key-worker-housing (KWH) apartments, and 871m² of retail space.

The cost of the project is expected to around A$146m ($98.3m).

The City of Sydney Council expressed concerns about the built form of the tower and its interface with public domain, construction impacts and noise mitigation, wind impacts, traffic impacts, parking provisions and pedestrian connectivity.

Commissioners John Hann and Mary O’Kane were appointed to consider the application. They held meetings with the applicant, department and council and inspected the site and surrounding areas.

After considering the evidence, the state’s Independent Planning Commission approved Lendlease’s SSD application subject to conditions. It was concluded that the design of the tower form was acceptable. The tower would not have unacceptable impacts on views, and the proposal has appropriate wind mitigation measures.

KWH will be managed on-site, with larger three-bedroom KWH apartments also provided at an off-site location.

The application also did not provide an excessive amount of car parking and will offer adequate bicycle and service vehicle facilities.

The Commission said “the Application would enable outcomes that are broadly consistent with the [previously approved] Concept Plan” and deliver other benefits, including “a development that displays design excellence”, “high quality public domain”, “positive social and economic benefits”, and “provision of quality housing and retail accommodation”.

“The Commission accepts the conclusions of the Department … and agrees the Application would achieve design excellence and generally complies with the Design Guidelines.”

“The Commission also notes the international design credentials of the eminent architect – the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the appropriate relationship of the Proposal to [neighbouring] Buildings C1, R4A and R4B and Hickson Park.”

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Image: Lendlease wins approval to build mixed-use project in Sydney. Photo: Courtesy of Jürgen Rübig/Pixabay.

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