New apartment plans lodged for Newcastle's inner-suburbs

It’s hoped the project will help address Newcastle’s rental crisis — with the city’s vacancy rate sitting at just 1.4 per cent
New apartment plans lodged for Newcastle's inner-suburbs
Render of the Wickham development
Alison Warters April 6, 2023

A new mixed-use development is set to transform the landscape of Lindus Street in the inner suburbs of Newcastle, with the demolition of two warehouses and a concrete car park set to make way for the construction of 59 new dwellings in Wickham.

The plans for 1-21 Railway Street, Wickham, were lodged by Gemini Interchange Pty Ltd, which is directed by Maitland-born Kristoffer and Dallas Harvey. Kristoffer is currently the CEO for Goodman Group's activities in Greater China. 

The development will comprise 21 one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments, along with five four-bedroom three-storey terrace houses, providing a range of living options to cater to the diverse needs of the community.

It’s hoped the project will help address Newcastle’s rental crisis — with the city’s vacancy rate sitting at just 1.4 per cent. 

New apartment plans lodged for Newcastle's inner-suburbsRender of the propose terraces homes at the Wickham development. Credit: CKDS

The 11-storey development has been designed by CKDS Architecture, with it also set to feature communal open space and an urban activation space facing Lindus Street, as well as ground floor retail space on Railway Street. 

The landscape design developed by Xeriscapes will integrate with and enhance the architectural forms and will aid in helping council to deliver a north facing urban activation space to the corners of Railway and Lindus streets, consistent with the vision for a public network outlined in City of Newcastle’s Wickham Masterplan 2017 and
subsequent 2021 update.

The facade will feature concrete panel walls, metal screens and metal flat bar balustrades, paired with face brickwork, lightweight cladding and powder-coated horizontal plant louvres. 

The built form has been constructed to maximise natural sunlight and cross flow ventilation throughout each of the residences while also providing view lines to the harbour. 

The northern façade presents as an open form, taking advantage of sunlight and views, broken down into a hierarchy of slabs edges, dividing walls, and balconies.

New apartment plans lodged for Newcastle's inner-suburbsAerial shot of the Wickham site. 

80 car spaces will be available across the site, with 31 planned for the ground level and 49 across level one, in addition to four motorcycle spaces and 64 bicycle spaces, which has been pitched to encourage more sustainable transport options. 

The near $30 million project is conveniently located near the Newcastle Interchange and is well located for transport, shopping, public places and civic open spaces within the Newcastle City Centre.

The project is expected to take several years to complete, with construction set to begin in the near future. The development is expected to be a significant addition to the city, providing new homes, retail space, and green areas, while also enhancing the overall aesthetic of the area.

Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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