Victoria Cross over station development concept application on exhibition

Victoria Cross over station development concept application on exhibition
Victoria Cross over station development concept application on exhibition

A development application seeking concept approval has been lodged with the New South Wales Planning & Environment department and is currently on exhibition via the department's Major Projects website.

The application seeks approval for a building envelope, maximum gross floor area, land uses, future subdivision and general development strategies to inform the future detailed design of the over station development on a site bounded by Miller Street, Berry Street, Denison Street and the heritage listed MLC Building in North Sydney.

The L-shaped site of the Victoria Cross station and over station development (OSD) concept slopes from a high point of 66.5 metres near the corner of Miller and Berry Streets downwards, in an easterly direction, toward the Denison Street frontage.  

The bulk of the of the envelope is massed within a 42 level tower setback from Miller Street, however, the Denison St frontage has a continuation of the envelope which reaches 15 levels.

Documents lodged with Major Projects shows an envelope that stands at 230m RL, producing a building envelope height between 163.5 metres and 171 metres above ground, depending on which street frontage you use as the ground level.  The application refers to the concept's nominal height at 168m.

Application proponent Transport for New South Wales says as a result of building the Sydney Metro and the Victoria Cross station, North Sydney will be "only six minutes to the heart of the city at Martin Place and four minutes to Barangaroo, North Sydney will be more connected than ever before."

Victoria Cross over station development concept application on exhibition
Building envelope for the over station development concept at Victoria Cross - image: Transport for NSW

The concept has a total of 67,000 square metres of gross floor area - 60,000 relates to the over station development, 2,500 square metres for the station operations and 4,500 squares for retail components attached to the station.

The 168-metre envelope seeks approval for 40 commercial levels and 2 for rooftop plant equipment.  The low-rise portion of the building envelope fronting Denison Street measures approximately 55 metres in height and can fit approximately 15 levels.

Sydney Metro City & Southwest is the second phase of the Sydney Metro project that will join the first phase at Chatswood and see trains run through North Sydney, Barangaroo, the CBD, Waterloo, Sydenham and then out to Bankstown. 

Phase 1 of Sydney metro will open in 2019 and see driverless trains run from Tallawong at Rouse Hill to Chatswood.  Services will operate every 4 minutes in the peak and the same operational frequencies are anticipated to extend through to phase 2 when it opens in 2024.

To view the concept's planning application, see majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au 

Lead image credit: TfNSW.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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