‘New life’: High-rise plan for Sydney’s historic Shelbourne Hotel

2022-01-17 10:30:00

“There is a significant opportunity to re-establish the hotel’s connection to the public domain; retain and celebrate the heritage character of the hotel; and create a slender tower addition that will contribute to the architectural diversity within the CBD skyline,” the consultants’ report said.

The popular watering hole has operated on the corner of Sussex and Market streets since 1902.

The popular watering hole has operated on the corner of Sussex and Market streets since 1902.Credit:Wolter Peeters

The report said details about the shape and form of the development, as well as the mix of uses in the final building design, would be subject to agreement with Place Management NSW, which owns most of the site.

Towncorp is the existing leaseholder. A spokesman for the project’s development manager, Landcorp Australia, said it was “my client’s intentions to retain a food and beverage operation as part of the new proposal”.

In its early advice to the Department of Planning, Heritage NSW said hotel was listed as a heritage item on Property NSW’s heritage and conservation register, and any assessment should consider its location near the Corn Exchange market building, and other heritage-listed buildings on Sussex Street.

The advice noted the existing hotel building had undergone substantial changes, including a complete reconstruction of the interior, which had retained portions of the building’s “heritage fabric”.

“Although the two facades are proposed to be retained, the proposal will still have a substantial impact on the heritage building on site,” Heritage NSW said.

The proposed high-rise block, pictured to the right of Sydney Tower, would stand at the end of the Pyrmont Bridge.

The proposed high-rise block, pictured to the right of Sydney Tower, would stand at the end of the Pyrmont Bridge.

An environmental impact statement is being prepared for the development, which is considered “state significant”.

The development proposal noted the Darling Harbour precinct, Barangaroo and the western side of the city centre had changed significantly during the past five years. The area is earmarked for more development.

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In November, the state government lodged an $891 million proposal to redevelop Cockle Bay, which includes a new 43-level retail and office tower. The plan also features two parks on an “landbridge” over the Western Distributor that would connect Darling Park and Darling Harbour.

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