275 George – Urban Planning
Architectus was engaged by John Holland to provide urban planning services for a 15-storey commercial building situated in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Adjacent to Wynyard Station, 275 George Street fuses the best of bespoke design, with a striking exterior architecture that thoughtfully integrates locally sourced natural sandstone to reference Sydney’s early history, and a contemporary curtain wall that combines traditional and modern building techniques. Natural light reaches each side of the building, and the upper floors offer spectacular views of the city streets and harbour, out to the hills and headlands on the horizon. With a smaller floorplate, the design maximises space with a column-free span to enable the occupants a greater flexibility. Opportunities for Food & Beverage outlets, services, and fashion retail all enhance the project’s contribution to Wynyard’s hub.
In collaboration with City of Sydney, Architectus provided architectural and town planning services to support the construction of a new. The urban design team provided advice to inform the architectural design, conducted planning due diligence, and liaised with City of Sydney, the client and consultant team as required to prepare a statement of environmental effects for a consolidated DA package. We also provided post-approval services, including satisfaction of conditions and s4.55 modification applications.
Challenges were overcome during the planning and design stages. The high-profile site sits in the centre of Sydney. It has an interface with surrounding sandstone buildings, is between two busy streets (George and York) and atop a major train station and bus terminal, and adjacent to the new light rail which was simultaneously under construction. Through successful negotiation with City of Sydney, the impacts were ameliorated, and issues relating to the materials, finishes and construction management resolved.