Rising from the ashes of the derelict Darrell Lea factory site in Sydney’s south Sydney is ‘Ramsgate Park’, a mixed-use master-planned residential community in Kogarah which Sydney-based developer JQZ is planning to launch this weekend, December 3.
The Grand Opening event will hold stage one sales which will consist of 269 apartments and 10 town houses.
Ramsgate Park rises from the ashes
Ramsgate Park is poised to completely transform the 3.3 hectare, former iconic confectioner Darrell Lea’s factory site which was abandoned in 2014 when they moved their manufacturing business to Ingleburn.
Darrell Lea manufactured on the site for many decades, and even rebuilt it in 1982 and installed new modern chocolate-making machinery after a major fire in 1980. A malfunction in the heating equipment used for packaging chocolates caused another fire in 2007, involving 18 fire-fighters and the evacuation of factory workers.
Premium lifestyle new to Kogarah
Designed by PTW Architects with interiors by Turner Architects, Ramsgate Park will comprise approximately 530 apartments across four residential buildings and will also include 20 spacious terrace homes, each with their own private gardens.
Surrounded by beautiful waterways including Botany Bay and Georges River, parklands and even a golf course, Ramsgate Park has been designed to mirror the natural beauty of its surrounds with around 7000 square metres dedicated to green open spaces and children’s play areas, as well as boardwalks, landscaped rooftop gardens and spacious outdoor entertaining areas.
On the inside, each residence will feature European appliances and high quality finishes including chrome and marble inspired kitchens with island eat-ins, mirrored splash-backs, designer LED lighting and bathrooms with stylish features such as frameless glass showers.
JQZ Founder and CEO Jian Qiu Zhang said that Ramsgate Park is a unique proposition for Kogarah, which is an area not yet accustomed to new, master-planned communities.
“Unlike other parts of Sydney like Chatswood in the south and the inner-west suburbs, this style of living is quite new to Kogarah, where most houses are still single dwellings and typically around several decades old,” Mr Zhang said.
“Ramsgate Park will not only offer more choice to the area in terms of housing options for locals and new residents, it will also offer a perfect lifestyle due to its ideal location between two large bodies of water and adjacency to immense green parklands.”
As with each of its projects, Mr Zhang said that the site’s location remains the most important factor, and the Darrell Lea site in Kogarah certainly ticked all the right boxes.
The proposal has been designed with the buildings set on the outer edges of the site to allow for a large green community space in the middle. Local residents will also be given access to this open space to utilise and to reach the adjacent public parklands.
Views of Botany Bay and Sydney’s CBD will also be available from some apartments.
With close proximity to a selection of primary and secondary schools, as well as St George Hospital, Westfield Hurstville and just a short stroll from local shops, eateries and cafes, Ramsgate Park is also set to benefit from surrounding amenity and infrastructure upgrades as part of the Kogarah New City Plan.
Construction for Ramsgate Park is expected to commence in January 2017 by JQZ’s own in-house construction arm.