The site consists of Blocks 1 and 2 Section 14 Kingston (formerly the WIN TV and Maggie Shepherd buildings).
Previous Development Approval
The previous Development Approval for the site permitted 127 dwellings up to 7 storeys over 3 levels of basement car parking. The development included building to approximately 3m of side boundaries to create narrow central courtyards.
Our New Design Concept
Stewart Architecture were engaged in early 2019 to prepare a new design for the site. The concept is again for building up to 7 storeys, but is designed to follow the street frontages to create a large rear garden. Basement parking is kept under the building footprint to ensure this garden provides for proper deep-rooted tree planting. The communal garden provides attractive outlook for both residents of the development and neighbours. Additionally, the proposal ensures good solar access and appropriate interface to neighbours.
The concept includes generous lobbies off Burke Crescent and Wentworth Avenue. These lobbies have direct access to the rear garden. The buildings are setback from the street boundaries to provide large ground level courtyards behind hedges. The building has a defined parapet line referencing neighbouring development, with upper floor apartments in three separated elements to promote outlook, vistas and solar access. The mix of apartments includes 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. The total quantity of apartments proposed is 134.
The majority of visitor parking is provided on-site. 7 spaces will be located off-site along a new landscaped verge to Burke Crescent. This new landscape aims to create a more vibrant pedestrian experience around and within the site, through new tree plantings and removing bitumen car parking that fronts Burke Crescent. The design allows the ability of some ground level apartments to be adapted for future commercial use. The site is well connected due to its proximity to public transport (including the R2 & R6 rapid bus routes and trains to Sydney), retail centres and employment nodes.
The architecture will be contemporary and timeless with quality materials, avoiding applied finishes. Colour and some material selection will reference the existing Maggie Shepherd building that currently occupies the site.