Avid Property Group have lodged plans for a $21.4 million mixed-used development in Sydney's Surry Hills North Precinct.
The proposal sits on the former Shell petrol station on Flinders Street, Darlinghurst. The developer acquired the site for $14.5 million in 2016.
Working with Scott Carver Architects to create the landscape and design, Avid Property Group have proposed their mixed-used development rise six stories, and include 33 apartments (ranging from one to three bedrooms) with ground floor commercial and retail premises.
Located on 23-47 Flinders Street, the Surry Hills site is in close proximity to Sydney’s CBD, public transport, public open space, community facilities, local shops, retail and local villages of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.
“The site is significantly underdeveloped and lacks an appropriate form of development that contributes positively to the strategic direction for such an important site,” the proposal said.
“Without appropriate, coordinated action or redevelopment this will restrict the achievement of strategic objectives such as housing and job growth in the CBD."
Because of the service station’s heritage dating back to the 1930s, Scott Carver Architects said they were able to adapt the site to residential and other mixed uses by proposing a traditional terrace house model stacked over the six levels instead of the more typical double-loaded corridor solution which requires a much wider site.
According to the proposal, the building’s materials represent a modern interpretation on the heritage materials seen in the area in a way that respects the heritage conservation area but creates building designing that meets the constraints and opportunities of the site.
This homage to the 19th century is expected to have a carry-on effect for future residents and Surry Hills, creating better living conditions and aesthetics.
“The terrace house typology has existed in this part of Sydney since the late 19th Century,” Scott Carver Architects Design Director Peter St Clair said.
“It can provide a highly sustainable model based around creating a dual frontage over two levels and therefore maximising the level of natural ventilation, daylighting, solar access and outlook.
“These qualities together with the opportunity to ‘retreat’ to a quieter side or sunnier side of the home can create great living conditions for residents similar to the experience of living in a terrace house yet with all the additional advantages of building security, basement parking and shared amenities.”
The proposed Flinders Street building has not limited its ambitions to simply providing a range of apartments. Scott Carver intends on bringing a new level of landscaping and street frontage which will breathe new life into a site once considered old and under-utilised.
“Livability has been maximised by providing a variety of outdoor spaces that include a café and hidden street courtyard, winter gardens, screened roof terraces and a large communal roof garden,” St Clair said.
“The design includes retail spaces and gardens as well as work home apartments at ground level which create liveliness and a public character to the surrounding streets and laneways whilst also creating a new gateway at Short St into Surry Hills and the St Margaret’s Hospital redevelopment precinct.”