Landmark Group aligns with Cottee Parker JPRA for its upcoming Waterloo development

Landmark Group aligns with Cottee Parker JPRA for its upcoming Waterloo development
Mark BaljakMay 1, 2018

Darlinghurst design practice Cottee Parker JPRA has emerged as the successful firm behind developer Landmark Group Australia's latest Sydney apartment project.

Having entered planning during mid April, the application seeks to transform an underutilised Waterloo site into an enclave of 139 apartments. Holding an estimated development cost in excess of $43 million, the intended project consists of two mid-rise residential buildings across an expansive 4,980 square metre site.

Adjoining a mid-rise residential build recently completed by Henley Constructions, the existing low-rise commercial complex onsite would be make way for Landmark Group's development.

The site in question was offered for sale via a Colliers International campaign held during late 2017. Stage 1 Development Approval was already in place, allowing for a Total Gross Floor Area of 10,956 square metres for the site which forms part of the burgeoning Green Square Town Centre precinct.

219-231 Botany Road, Waterloo application summary

Landmark Group aligns with Cottee Parker JPRA for its upcoming Waterloo development
The development's intended courtyard. Image: Cottee Parker JPRA
  • Site area: 4,979.8sqm with 1 frontge
  • Part 6, part 7 storey development: 21.7m at highest point
  • 139 apartments: 51 x 1BR / 69 x 2BR / 19 x 3BR
  • 115 car parking spaces over 2 basement levels
  • 2 retail tenacies: 255sqm
  • In excess of 800sqm of common green areas
  • Proposed FSR 2.19
  • Proposed GFA: 10,885sqm

A range of apartment formats are included within the proposal, ranging between 50-99 square metres. Each building can expect between 5 and 8 dwellings per floor.

At ground level an expansive garden area is situated between the proposal's respective building wings, with further deep planting and open lawn areas expected along the western boundary of the site.  A public art wall will be integrated as part of the Botany Road frontage.

For Landmark Group the Waterloo application shapes as their latest in a 20 year development history, and adds to the numerous projects the developer has undertaken in recent times.

Cottee Parker JPRA succeed

A quartet of architecture firms vied for the Botany Road site via an invited design competition; they were DKO Architecture,  WMK Architects and PBD Architects along with Cottee Parker JPRA.

The competitive design process saw Cottee Parker JPRA succeed due to their scheme which was judged to best demonstrate the ability to achieve design excellence. Cottee Parker JPRA was also the only submission "where the advice and input of a Landscape Architect was apparent in the overall resolution of the project".

The proposals which failed to make the cut varied significantly from one another. WMK Architecture's scheme presented as almost corporate in style to Botany Road, with heavy reliance upon brick finishes for internal facing facades.

PBD Architects' scheme was heavily reliant upon horizontal bands whilst DKO Architecture's was atypical in that vaulted archways were a clear design highlight to Botany Road.

Landmark Group aligns with Cottee Parker JPRA for its upcoming Waterloo development
WMK above, PBD and DKO's arched concept

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of Urban.com.au. He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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