It has been 21 years since Marrickville’s old hospital site had any life in it. Owned by the local Council, the site has long been earmarked to become the site of a new library and community hub since its purchase in 1995. Unfortunately, no such progress has been made.
But that is soon to change.
A new leaf has been turned on the former Marrickville Hospital Site with Mirvac lodging a Development Application that reflects Council’s original intent, complete with a public library, community gardens and green public open spaces along with 225 apartments.
Mirvac Development Director Adrian Checchin said the focus is to ensure Council’s vision for the site remains non-negotiable whilst improving public open spaces and rationalising the proposal to deliver design excellence.
“This is a development that is all about place and enhancing connections so that there is seamless integration into the existing community in accordance with the original vision,” said Mr Checchin.
“The Marrickville Hospital site is owned by Council and though it closed in 1990 it is an important amenity which will continue to belong to the community with the impressive facilities proposed on the site.
“We have worked closely with the Inner West Council to develop a Community Hub that will reinvigorate Marrickville and provide a public library and green open spaces that will support a number of community events and activities.”
The new Community Hub will include a new library that incorporates the former heritage hospital building.
It will have a two-storey pavilion overlooking the public open space and children’s playground, with basement parking providing approximately 60 spaces for community use.
Concept for the new development's public library.
Speaking on behalf of Council, Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson expressed their delight that the redevelopment of the site has taken this significant step forward.
“2016 marks 21 years since the former Council purchased the old Hospital site, and now we really can see that this important project is finally about to become reality and bring life to a neglected corner of our local government area,” he said.
“The DA will be referred out for external assessment and in the very near future the public will be able to see the model and other documentation and make submissions on the proposal.”
The apartments proposed at the site will come in a range of designs to cater for a wide range of potential buyers. The plans will include a mix of one, two and three bedroom layouts.
Mirvac intends to employ adaptive re-use to incorporate and restore the former heritage nurses’ quarters into four family sized apartments. Mr Checchin is confident that the end result of the adaptively re-used nurses’ quarters for dwellings will be something to behold.
Mirvac is also proposing a new public space to be known as “The Common” which will feature an expanse of lawn for lying in the sun under a shady tree or simply playing with kids in an open park environment. Hospital Lane is also to be recreated with extensive landscaping providing new visual and physical links.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the development with the inclusion of green roofs, rain gardens and recycled materials and the provision of community facilities.
Architects BVN and landscape designers Aspect Studios have been employed to take care of the Community hub design.
The residential buildings take their inspiration from the industrial heritage of the area with a crenelated roof profile and materials such as brick, concrete and glass selected for their solidity and raw honesty.
Mr Checchin has said, on behalf of Mirvac, that he is looking forward to working with Council to transform the site into something that exceeds the community’s expectations.