Sydney Architecture Images- Central Business District

Belmore Park Ausgrid Substation


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Belmore Park (opposite Central)




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  A rendering of the substation being constructed (ouch!). It is ultimately to incorporate some commercial component.
  Formerly on the site was the Hotel Sydney (demolished in the 1970s, presently carpark). A far more attractive and urbane approach to the opposite park.
  Energy Australia substation opposite Belmore Park.
30 Jan

Energy Australia substation to be built on the empty site opposite Belmore Park.

In the current economic climate it is not possible to predict the property market with any degree of certainty. EnergyAustralia acknowledges that it may not find a developer to construct the proposed commercial development in the originally anticipated time frame of one to two years following construction of the zone substation and that it may be five to ten years before the integrated development is realised. The temporary façade treatments and landscaping has therefore been revised to account for the following two stages:

A previous scheme

In Stage 1 the substation façade treatments are consistent with the exhibited design with modifications to suit the revised transformer technology. In addition, EnergyAustralia has consulted with the eastern neighbour and with CoS Council to obtain and incorporate its views on the proposed façade treatments where possible. It is proposed to provide temporary facades for the building to be removed in the future when the integrated development is constructed. The temporary façades would extend down to within approximately 3.5 metres of the footpath level. The lower 3.5 metres would have a permanent honed granite cladded finish as indicated on the drawings and photomontages contained in Appendix A. It is proposed to use a cladding material with a nominal design life of 10 to 15 years, although it is not anticipated that it would be required for that length of time.

The west façade has been designed to provide visual interest to an otherwise blank wall. It responds to the colour of the surrounding built landscape with an accent on the sandstone and red brick tones. The otherwise flat relief is broken by a rectangular area of recessed cladding which is further emphasised by creative illumination within this recess feature at night time. The cladding terminates approximately 3.5 metres above ground level. A “green” landscape wall would be provided along this lower apron to provide further interest and to provide continuity with the adjacent Belmore Park.

The north, south and east faces of the substation would feature prefinished metallic light silver cladding as an appropriate neutral background to the natural landscape of the adjacent Belmore Park with the coloured cladding referred to above as infill to provide continuity around the building and to create a bold contrast with the light silver cladding. The wall cladding up to approximately 3.5 metres height to the north and south-street frontages and returning partly into the east façade would be a honed black granite cladding. The Stage 2 integrated design remains as per the original drawings exhibited in the EAR. The intention is that the future owner and EnergyAustralia would remove the temporary cladding and replace with the finish described in the exhibited EAR.

In recognition of the semi-permanent nature of the temporary façade and as suggested by CoS Council at a meeting on 29 April 2009, EnergyAustralia intends to continue the consultation process and obtain advice from CoS Council’s design advisory panel in lieu of a design review panel workshop as was used for the integrated building.