Because of the site’s business development zoning and location at the doorstep of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Dickson Rothschild was engaged to advise on the site’s best use and its revitalization in both the short and long term. DR took a multi-pronged approach to maximising site opportunities. Strategic Planning began with planning pathway analysis and option testing which progressed to design and consultation with Council. Plans for short term adaptive reuse of existing buildings, medium-term commercial and tourism uses and a long-term vision for a vibrant mixed use hub were pursued with Council.
The overall vision for the site responds to the site’s locational advantages while creating flexibility for future redevelopment.
Dickson Rothschild’s masterplan organises future buildings around robust green spaces with many trees. Attractive landscape design also creates a buffer between the proposed development and the nearby school. An existing drainage canal is incorporated into the development improving the usability of the overall site while protecting Sydney Water’s asset. Proposed built form defines public spaces. Street-level activation is created by welcoming double-height lobby spaces and cafés. Commercial development fronts the street while accommodation is nestled behind within a landscape setting.