Mirvac has finally lodged the DA plans at Sydney Council for their multi-residential redevelopment of the former Harold Park Paceway site at Forest Lodge.
The above rendering shows the Harold Park site with the thus far designed Precinct One (Mirvac Design) and Precinct Two (SJB Architects). Site masterplanning by Hassell and site landscape design by Aspect Studio.
First, let’s look at the site.
The site is divided into six precincts (to be built in phases). Each of these is effectively a single building, with a shared excavated carpark and two to four towers, and with a deep soil zone in the middle (DA requirement). Precinct Six is to be sold to another developer for student/essential service housing (DA condition). Precinct 4A to the north of the site has not been fully resolved- its traffic will be directed on to Maxwell Street and local residents are concerned.
There is also a park site (5.8 hectares (14 acres)) against the cliff. This, along with the roads, is to be ceded back to the City. It also forms the overland flow path for floods (very important on this site).
There is also the old Rozelle Tram Depot. This is to be developed as 7000sm of retail. Unfortunately, the parking for this has been placed in front of the depot (it would have been too expensive to put it under the Depot as council has asked for in the master plan).
Above- plan (Aspect) for one of the “pocket parks”. This links the existing Crescent roadway with one of the new site roadways. It allows for a significant (about 4m) level change.
Above- Hassell masterplan massing model. Note the six story buildings on the Crescent, stepping back to 8 story within the site. Sydney Council was strict about imposing building setbacks (delaying the DAs).
Above- an example of an existing recent Mirvac development at Rhodes.
Above- the site, 1948.
Above- the site, today. Quite a few more trees.
Precincts One and Two
Now, the good stuff.
Above- Site plan for Precinct One (Mirvac Design). There are “terrace houses” at street level, with traditional flats above (typical accross site). Four towers around a deep soil courtyard zone in the middle.
Above- P1 facade elevations.
Above- Computer rendering of Precinct One showing the pop-out windows.
Above- note that the top two levels step further in. This is part of the DCP and was insisted on by council.
Above- P1 shown in context on the site model.
Above- Detail of the pocket park between the two P2 buildings as designed by Aspect. This is intended to blend seemlessly into the surrounding landscape and optimistically shows tall trees planted in very shallow beds.
Above- The P2 plans and elevations by SJB Architects.
Above- A section through one of the P2 buildings showing its relationship to the adjacent “heritage” cliff and existing house. The concept was that the top datum of the new buildings was not to rise above the roofline of the existing Victorian homes.
The Tram Depot
Above- the Tram Depot on the site will be converted to 7000m2 retail (possibly sold on to a separate developer). It has sat empty and derlict since the 1980s. Trams ceased operating out of there in the 1950s.
Above- the entry area today.
Above- as it was in the 1950s.
Above- the interior today. There are a number of badly vandalised trams in there, some of which will be retained and restored.
Above- the proposed exterior (image- Loop Creative).
Above- the proposed interior (image- Loop Creative). Possibly to be used as a large green grocers store and/or gym.
This development will have a huge impact on the area. However, as Sydney marches towards 5 million people it is better to concentrate populations near the city.
If it can be done as sensitively as the old Children’s Hospital site up the road (on Pyrmont Bridge Road) then it will be a winner. We will wait and see.