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The development of a North Sydney
Education Precinct is a key opportunity.
North Sydney is home to the Australian
Catholic University, Sydney Church of
England Grammar School (Shore) and
North Sydney Demonstration School.
The council wants to transform this
precinct, which is currently attended
by 5000 students, into a 'living campus'
through improved public facilities and
open spaces that encourage students to
meet and socialise.
An enviable lifestyle complements
North Sydney's economic strengths. The
municipality arguably has Australia's
best address. Much of it abuts Sydney
Harbour, and the area is well known
for its walking tracks, parklands,
cleanliness and public amenities.
These competitive advantages have
North Sydney superbly positioned to
capitalise on an expected doubling of
Sydney's population by 2050. The New
South Wales Government's 'Plan for
Growing Sydney' last year recognised
North Sydney as a Global Sydney
The New South Wales Government
wants to work with the City of Sydney
and North Sydney Council to grow their
offce and residential markets. It wants
North Sydney to retain a commercial
core in the CBD for long-term
employment growth, and to investigate
future potential employment and
housing opportunities associated with
a Sydney Rapid Transit train station at
Victoria Cross in North Sydney.
Property developments strengthen
Several commercial offce developments,
multi-use projects and upgrades to
established properties are adding new
life to the city centre.
The biggest is the 1 Denison A-grade
office building. The 30-storey
commercial tower has been described
as a ‘game changer ’ for the city. It
has a landmark public plaza, an
extensive retail footprint, and public
It will follow the 177–199 Pacifc
Highway complex, which is due for
completion in the frst half of 2016 and
is North Sydney’s frst new commercial
building in six years. The 30-storey
tower will provide a town square
atmosphere at ground level, with a
public garden plaza featuring cafés and
retail areas. It will house an estimated
The 86–96 and 100 Mount Street
development will add to North Sydney's
skyline. The 38-storey building, in the
heart of the CBD, is among the most
signifcant developments in the city’s
history. The striking design allows for a
large public plaza at ground level.
As new towers are built, North Sydney
Council wants to encourage the
upgrading of its B-grade offce towers.
The current mix of offce towers is
skewed towards B-grade buildings, with
several reclassifed from A-grade status
in 2009. This puts North Sydney’s offce
market at a competitive disadvantage,
although the new towers will lift the
A council review of older buildings, as
part of its Built Form Capacity Review,
will identify older buildings that suit
redevelopment or amalgamation, and
consider a range of interventions (such
as bonuses and relaxing controls) to
Mixed-used buildings, mostly on the city
fringe, will add to North Sydney's vibrancy
as a new generation of workers look to
work, live and play in one location.
North Sydney Council has a clear focus
on commercial, rather than residential,
developments in the CBD because of
their greater economic beneft to retailers.
Enhancing the community experience
Upgrading North Sydney's amenities is
central to its CBD revitalisation strategy.
‘It’s vital that community amenities
are maintained as more people live
and work in North Sydney,' says Winn.
'We are working hard to maximise the
physical environment for residents,
workers and visitors, and provide more
open spaces to enjoy this great area.'
Brett Whitely Place, named after the
famous artist, is being reimagined later
this year to create an iconic open space for
workers, residents and visitors – it will host
events, and add to the night economy.
Two of the CBD's main streets, Walker
and Miller, are being upgraded to
provide better pedestrian access and
traffc fow, and to have a modern look
Sporting facilities are also being
upgraded. North Sydney Oval's
redevelopment is due to start later this
year, and the council is determined to
make one of Australia's oldest and most
historic cricket grounds a focal point for
The North Sydney Olympic Pool will
also receive a multimillion-dollar
makeover, and the council is engaging
with the community to fnd the best way
to develop the landmark Sydney facility.
It also invested more than $1 million
to create a synthetic sports feld at
Cammeray Park and provide outdoor
space that can be used all year round.
A large redevelopment of Hume Street Park
in Crows Nest, to provide underground
parking, indoor sports facilities and a green
roof, is also being considered.
A smaller project, the Coal Loader
Centre for Sustainability in Waverton,
will turn a former industrial site into a
showcase of environmental innovation,
community gardens and regenerated
A marketing and branding program,
launched this year, will promote these
and other North Sydney strengths.
Winn says: 'We are excited by the
campaign's creativity, and the potential
to excite people about the innovation
occurring in our city. Real project
innovation and genuine engagement
with CBD stakeholders is taking North
Sydney to a new level. And the best is
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