First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

Landream secured the 12,381 sqm site at 14-26 Wattle Street in 2021 from the Sydney City Council, pending approval of a Stage 1 Concept DA, which was approved in May 2021
First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed
Wattle St, Pyrmont
Joel Robinson March 2, 2023

Prominent Sydney and Melbourne proprety developer Landream are well and truly ready to take advantage of the $750 million of the Sydney Fish Markets at Blackwattle Bay.

They're pushing on with their $330 million Wattle Street project, across the road from Wentworth Park and a stone's throw away from the popular Fish Markets, which following the redevelopment which will create a major food and dining precinct for the area.

Landream secured the 12,381 sqm site at 14-26 Wattle Street in 2021 from the Sydney City Council, pending approval of a Stage 1 Concept DA, which was approved in May 2021.

First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

The Sydney City Council acquired the site in 1906 as a road works depot. Facilities to support the depot were constructed on site between 1912- 1921. They're the only buildings that stand on the large site which straddles Wattle, Fig and Jones Streets. The site was previously used as a sandstone quarry, formally known as Hell Hole Quarry.

Prior to the submission of the recent development application, the Sydney-based architecture firm BVN won the project's Architectural Design Competition, beating design submissions from likes of Carter Williamson, Tzannes, SJB and Bates Smart in the Architectural Design Competition.

The jury said BVN's scheme was "considered, engaging, pragmatic and rooted in concept, materiality, and place making."

First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

"The design is underpinned by the current and future site context and character, seeking to contribute to and unlock the natural advantages of the environment and the approved concept scheme," the jury continued.

"The jury appreciated the design development of the approved concept scheme, benefiting the public realm and enhancing the residential amenity. The modified massing allows the development to be read as a ‘family of buildings’, rather than as a single complex.

"Each building is unique in design approach and they work together to establish a cohesive and comfortable environment within the site."

The jury also noted the clever design of the ‘Garaban’, the central residential building, one of five buildings proposed, which will deliver high amenity residential living.

"It is appreciated that this structure presents 100 per cent north facing apartments and 100 per cent cross ventilated apartments to deliver positive sustainability goals."

First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

Four of the five buildings will home 237 apartments. There will be 50 one-bed units (21 per cent), 101 two-beds (42 per cent), and 82 three-bedroom apartments (35 per cent), as well as a handful of studios and large four-bed apartments.

The fifth building will solely home commercial and office space, while one of the residential buildings will also feature a recreation centre with two multi-purpose indoor courts, and a childcare centre.

BVN's Design Statement, part of the extensive submission to the City of Sydney Council, said 14-26 Wattle Street is located in the Innovation Corridor of the Sydney Harbour CBD, a unique precinct in the city that is undergoing rapid transformation.

"Previously an underutilised area of the city, it is developing into a prime mixed-use precinct to help strengthen the Harbour.

"Capitalising on its easy access to Pyrmont, Blackwattle Bay, the Fishmarket, Darling Harbour and the central CBD Precinct, it is set to become a sought-after destination with a strong focus in connecting Pyrmont to the Sydney CBD. The work/live industrial history of Pyrmont and Ultimo is still evident in the urban fabric."

First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

The report, signed off by BVN Principal Phillip Rossington, noted a number of sustainability initiatives in the project.

There will be rainwater storage, landscaping on the open rooftop with climate and location suitable plant selection, natural light and ventilation to the majority of apartments, as well as efficient services throughout the building like extensive bicycle parking, energy efficient light, and composting facilities. 

BVN said the key to the proposed development was understanding the extremely different contexts on the three addresses (Jones, Fig and Wattle), and providing appropriate responses to each.

"This approach allows the development to be read as a family of buildings rather than one large complex," BVN said.

First look exclusive: Landream's $330 million mixed-use Pyrmont plans revealed

"The Jones building is set back and articulated to complement the existing Jones Street Terraces. The Wattle Street aesthetic draws on neighbouring buildings’ arches and strong lines. The Courtyard building is a smaller more boutique building with a focus on it’s true north facing aspect and enhanced sustainability features, and the Fig Street commercial building reflects the rhythm of the Winchcombe Carson building."

The Winchcombe Carson building, bordering the site on Fig and Wattle Street, is a landmark building and former woolstore, which opened in 1894.

Fig & Wattle Fast Facts

  • Address: 14-26 Wattle Street
  • Site size: 12,381 sqm
  • Adaptable apartments - 36 units
  • Liveable Housing Units - 48 units
  • Internal Communal Residential Space - 228 sqm
  • External Private Communal Open Space - 2,795 sqm
  • External Public Accessible Open Space - 2,457 sqm
  • Apartments - 237
  • Studio - 2 (1%)
  • 1 bed - 50 (21%)
  • 2 bed - 101 (42%)
  • 3 bed - 82 (35%)
  • 4 bed - 2 (1%)
  • Residential GFA - 27,434 sqm
  • Commercial GFA - 16,215 sqm
  • Retail GFA - 428 sqm
  • Childcare Centre GFA - 1810 sqm
  • Recreation Centre GFA - 2684 sqm

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is the Editor in Chief at Urban.com.au, managing Urban's editorial team and creating the largest news cycle for the off the plan property market in the country. Joel has been writing about residential real estate for nearly a decade, following a degree in Business Management with a major in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University in England. He specializes in off the plan apartments, and has a particular interest in the development application process for new projects.

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