[+] Hurstville $191 million master plan tests planning limits


Plans for a building of five master plan community at Hurstville have been filed with the Georges River Board.

The $191 million mixed-use neighborhood comprises four eight- to 18-storey towers, with space for 349 apartments, at 9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville in Sydney’s booming residential market.

Great Tang Brothers is the developer of the 9,240m² site, with a Sydney-based company kun Deng and her husband Jun Qiu at the bar.

The development application was filed alongside a development proposal to circumvent development restrictions on “residential apartment development”, which are prohibited under the Georges River Local Environmental Plan.

The Sutherland and Associates planning report described the development as a “high quality transit-oriented development” which had undergone significant master plan.

“The proposed development is the culmination of this extensive strategic planning work, conforms to the planned built form for the site, and fill the vision that has been established for the site,” the report states.

▲ Great Tang Brothers submitted plans for $191 million Master plan Community at 9 Gloucester Road, Hurstville. Images: Turner Architecture

“[It] will offer both housing choice and job-creating floor space in a location with excellent access to metropolitan public transport systems, including trans-regional rail and bus services.

“The proposal demonstrates a commitment to improving the diversity of housing in the locality and to providing housing that meets the needs, lifestyle and values ​​of the local community.

“By providing accommodation close to transport nodes in an identified centre, residents will benefit from reduced travel times, better access to employment opportunities and a greater range of services achieving the government’s objective NSW for a city within walking distance and 30 minutes.”

The proposed development is a mixed-use development of a four-story commercial podium with four towers rising above between eight and 18 stories. It would include 4,620 m² of retail space, 349 apartments and 459 parking spaces on three basement levels.

Building A will rise to 18 stories, Building B to 16 stories, Building C to 11 stories, while Buildings D and E will be eight and six stories respectively.

Turner Architecture Principal Stephen Cox is leading the team for the planned community which will be a “vibrant mixed-use community” with a focus on public realm and articulated design.

▲ Artist’s impression of the proposed four-tower development in Hurstville.

“The new link will incorporate a series of informal publicly accessible plazas that create informal gatherings, interactions and recreation,” the architectural report states.

“The ground plane of the proposal is highly permeable. Retail tenancies extend from Forest Road to the Common Urban Area.

“It promotes the activation of the court from the streets. The link through the site cuts the site in half and creates a green link that will be activated by art installations at key points. Residential halls are located in various areas around the site to support further street activation.

The central open space is the focal point of the development and one of the main ‘place-making features’ within the development.

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