Design excellence emphasised in new harbour-side land release

The Honeysuckle urban renewal project continues to charge ahead with the Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) releasing another site to the market this week.
Redevelopment of the former rail yards and cargo wharves in the harbourside precinct is adding to the Government’s drive to revitalise Newcastle with the release to the market of the fourth site along Honeysuckle Drive within four years.
The new land release is a 5,250m2 site with mixed-use zoning at 35 Honeysuckle Drive (next to the planned Doma residential development at 21 Honeysuckle Drive).
HDC CEO Michael Cassel said the site has the potential for up to 90 apartments, plus retail and commercial space, helping grow the number of people living in the city centre and driving the night time economy.
“The site is being released via a two-stage process aimed at establishing a new benchmark for quality design in the precinct,” Mr Cassel said.
“The first stage will produce a shortlist of experienced design and development teams.
“The second stage invites the shortlisted firms to participate in a request for detailed design and financial offers.
“This two-stage process will ensure design excellence is realised in the built form, evolving the architecture and creating great public spaces will ensure demand continues.
“The NSW government is investing more than $500 million revitalising the Newcastle city centre, making Newcastle an extremely attractive place to invest.
“Together with the private sector, we are building a thriving metropolitan city connected with the harbour.”
Mr Cassel said HDC intended to design and deliver the public domain works between the site and the harbour, including the 8-metre-wide public promenade.
“In the meantime we will also be funding and undertaking final upgrade works on the harbour seawall adjacent to the site, enabling development to occur,” Mr Cassel said.
“The sale proceeds will be used to deliver more public spaces and maintain sea walls, creating local jobs,” Mr Cassel said.
The first stage of the expression of interest process closes on 14 August 2017.
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