LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave

LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave
LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave

The core of Sydney's Auburn is in for further urban consolidation with LFD Developments and KWC Capital Partners pushing to add 500 plus new apartments to the northern side of Auburn railway station.

Plans for the $123.3 million build were lodged with Cumberland City council during February, and are now on display.

LFD Developments is intending to raze the now redundant Auburn RSL club buildings and car parks on either side of Northumberland Road at the intersection of Hall Street, in order to facilitate the delivery of five apartments buildings. Sydney CBD-based Arc Architects are charged with the project's design.

26-36 Northumberland Road application summary

LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave
Northumberland Street perspective. Planning image: Arc Architects
  • Site area: 11,848 square metres
  • Proposed: 5 buildings up to 12 levels or 38 metres
  • 530 apartments: 165 x 1BR, 337 x 2BR, 28 x 3BR
  • Total GFA: 42,782 square metres
  • Allowable FSR: 3.6
  • 14 retail tenancies at ground level
  • 611 vehicle bays over 3 basement levels

Extensive landscaping surrounding the buildings and a refreshed Northumberland Road urban realm are pencilled in as part of the development.

The proposed development reinforces the street alignment along Northumberland Road permitting the development of a landscaped boulevard, with planting on both sides of the street leading directly to the Auburn Train Station and the existing town centre.

Large scale planting is also proposed along the 9m wide setbacks to the eastern and western boundaries, providing both deep soil planting and a landscaped buffer to the adjoining sites. Provision is made for substantial landscaping in the carpark entry area to soften the hard-edged built forms and to provide a visual focus for residents.

Arc Architects: Design Quality Principles Report
LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave
14 retail tenancies dot the ground level. Planning image: Arc Architects

We're keeping tabs on 17 separate apartment projects around Auburn town centre, with 26-36 Northumberland Road comfortably the largest development in Auburn's pipeline.

Its 530 apartments are more than double that of 41 Auburn Road which is the intended redevelopment of Auburn Shopping Village to include 245 apartments. Thereafter 13-19 Mary Street and 18-22 Mary Street shape as the next largest apartment developments in waiting.

For LFD Developments, the Northumberland Road project is a step up in terms of scale relative to its other current project. Cascade Gardens in Pymble is a SHED and DKO Architecture-designed collection of three low-rise apartment buildings.

Cascade Gardens includes near on 100 apartments.

LFD Developments plans an Auburn apartment enclave
Cascade Gardens. Image: LFD Developments

Mark Baljak

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.

LFD Developments Auburn Apartments Arc Architects KWC Capital Partners


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