Planning proposal for Burwood five-tower development of up to 49 storeys given green light
During the recent boom years of Sydney over the last half a decade in terms of both house price growth& construction, there is one suburb which has gone relatively unnoticed.
To the locals, Burwood has historically always been the capital of the inner-west & the home of offices, major retail (Westfields, Burwood Plaza & the Burwood Road High Street), & home to the Busy Burwood Station.
Now, the rest of Sydney will get the memo as Burwood is now the home of a huge development proposal called Burwood Place which will see multiple high-rise towers being built, some as high as 140m+ turning Burwood into a mini-CBD and giving the suburb its own skyline in the process.
Burwood Place will be the marquee development in the inner-west & contain everything one will need to live in the towers, spurring Burwood to a potential CBD status along as a high-rise residential hub.
The towers will be a mixed-use, featuring the following amenities:
Fruit & vegetable market
Specialty Food (Deli, Butcher, Health Food Store, Baker, etc)
Entertainment precinct (Cinema, Bowling Alley, Lazer Tag, Trampoline, Restaurants, Bars)
Essential Services (Child Care Centre, Pharmacy, Medical, Post Office, Bank, etc)
100 Room Hotel
Commercial Area for Business
Currently, the site consists of Burwood Plaza which will be demolished & redeveloped for the current proposal as the Burwood Plaza.
Also as part of this proposal, the developer will create a new council carpark in the base of the development & as well as offering a level in one of the towers for a brand-new council library.
The Architects for the design are Architectus and Cox & the developer of the proposal is Holdmark Property Group.
This is by far the largest development ever proposed for Burwood. It is quite clear from the development that has occurred within the Sydney metro area in which direction the city is heading & that is vertical. Burwood is set to become another city in the greater “City of Cities” that is the Sydney metropolitan region.
The development will be located a very short walk to the Burwood Railway Station which can get commuters to the Sydney CBD within 10-15 minutes depending if you catch an express train. This development is transit orientated meaning people will be able to live in the development without the need to have a car.
While no exact date is estimated for completion, it is expected that a development of this scale will take between 3-4 years to complete.
If this does proceed it will become one of the biggest standalone developments in the city & change the face of Sydney’s inner-west.
The independent appraiser had recommended that the planning proposal not be submitted to the Gateway Determination until the scale and mix of development are revised, and traffic impacts are comprehensively assessed.
The design shows the storey heights “stepping up towards the rail station to provide landmark skyline rather than the flat top skyline of 18-20 storeys otherwise granted”.
It was the designs displayed in the plans that won many councillors over, including mayor John Faker who said he thought that it could help shape the identity of Burwood.
“We’re not Parramatta; are we Chatswood? are we St Leonards? I don’t know, but I want to lend my support to something that brings better design to Burwood,” he said.
“We need to think outside the square and look at something new.
“IT still disappoints me that when I go travelling that even in some third world countries the buildings are better designed than in Sydney.
“Why does Beirut have better design than we do?”
The towers are being planned for the land which comprises Burwood Plaza and the Telstra buildings, and the proposal is to incorporate Wynne Ave into the scheme as a pedestrian area joining the two sites.
If the plan goes ahead, it will shift the centre of Burwood, and show a level of planning for the suburb that has long been forgotten.
Holdmark’s Head of Development Gavin Carrier said he was pleased with the outcome from Burwood Council’s meeting.
“Our proposal will certainly give a huge boost to Burwood and create a fantastic new community heart for both residents and visitors,” he said.
Mr Carrier and his team of speakers at last weeks’ council meeting said the plan would bring huge benefits to the area and a “smorgasbord of opportunities”.
“It will create a new, cosmopolitan community heart for Burwood and will reinforce its position as a strategic centre in metropolitan Sydney being midway between central Sydney and the Parramatta city centre,” one speaker said.
The team listed the highlights from the proposal as including a large outdoor plaza for the area, more employment, a vibrant mix of uses, design excellence, and an increased public amenity.
Cr Tony Doueihi said he thought that approving the planning proposal (to proceed to gateway) could be seen as a legacy if the council was forced to amalgamate.
“It’s fitting for us to leave this landmark if this is our last meeting,” he said.
“I hope the next council has the vision and recognises that nice design is important for the community of Burwood going forward.”
Burwood councillors voted for a Planning Proposal for Burwood Place (42-50 and 52-60 Railway Pde and Wynne Ave) be submitted for a Gateway Determination, subject to conditions.
Source: Dejan Mladenovski, “Burwood Place Proposal Will Transform the Burwood CBD”, Build Sydney, January 30, 2019. Lisa Herbertson, “Planning proposal for Burwood five-tower development of up to 49 storeys given green light”, The Daily Telegraph, May 31, 2016.