BVN architects win City Tatts redevelopment redesign

BVN architects win City Tatts redevelopment redesign
BVN architects win City Tatts redevelopment redesign

BVN, one of the six shortlisted architecture firms, has won the rights to redevelop the iconic 125-year-old City Tattersalls Club in Sydney.

The shortlist comprised five Australian companies including Hassell, Bates Smart, SJB, and Candalepas Associates, as well as international architectural practice DP Architects, who joined forces with local firm Scott Carver.

BVN impressed the judging panel with an efficient floor plan and “elegant” and “calm” facade. City Tatts chairman Patrick Campion said that BVN will work closely with FJMT, the architect overseeing the redevelopment of the heritage components of the original club buildings, to ensure continuity.

The Design Excellence Competition Brief was the result of a close collaborative process with the City of Sydney and relates, to the 49-storey tower above the historic site, with a Stage 1 DA for circa 245 residential apartments and a 100-room hotel.

The vision of the development group, a consortium led by Singapore-based First Sponsor Group Limited and ICD Property – in collaboration with the City Tattersalls Club – is to deliver a building that “sensitively integrates with the Heritage Component and provides a contribution back to Sydney by facilitating the restoration and renewal of the historic Club.”

“The six shortlisted firms were chosen based on their expertise with hotels and residential projects, heritage architecture and their experience with the Sydney CBD,” said ICD Property’s Development Director Alice Smith on behalf of the development group.

“We sought firms that were innovative and pushed the boundaries and weren’t afraid to challenge the norm, while still being able to create a timeless design that would contribute to Sydney’s urban fabric,” she said.

The brief outlined that the Tower Component should provide future residents and visitors with a desirable place to live and stay - an environment that responds to their needs through excellence in interior planning, exemplar urban design and architecture, environmentally sustainable design, together with the quality of built form.

The shortlisted candidates have been given a five-week window to design their schemes before presenting to six jurors, who ultimately, will select a winning scheme which they believe achieves design excellence.

In November last year, the high-profile Sydney project received envelope approval from the council’s Central Sydney Planning Committee for the Stage 1 Concept Development Application.

As part of the redevelopment, the City of Sydney gave envelope approval for plans to rejuvenate the entire clubhouse, including retail, restaurants, a combined hotel and Club reception on the ground level, as well as an event space, a premium co-working centre, health and wellbeing facilities and other great member facilities.

Located at 194 - 204 Pitt Street, redevelopment signifies a bigger revitalisation of the entire precinct.

Sydney Development

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