4-6 Bligh Street – Urban Planning
SC Capital Partners
2017 - 2019
In a pioneering first, the Planning Proposal for a 55-storey mixed use hotel / office tower at 4-6 Bligh Street, Sydney has been gazetted by the NSW Government. Our urban design and planning team navigated a pathway for the first approval under the three-year-old Draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy for the benefit of the city’s economy. The key to success was getting State Government involved early in the process as the future proposal would be a State Significant Development.
We provided planning and architectural design services for the project, including preparation of a Planning Proposal and associated architectural concept, an Early Works Development Application, and planning and urban design advice relating to the potential sale / joint venture for the site.
The site, which currently accommodates an 18-storey commercial building built in 1964, is to be developed into a mixed-use tower comprising hotel, commercial and retail uses.
The Planning Proposal was for non-residential employment uses and sought a maximum Floor Space Ratio of 22:1 (inclusive of design excellence and other bonuses), representing uplift of 6.6:1 (for hotel use) or 8.25:1 (for commercial premises use) and a maximum building height of 205 metres.
The architectural concept comprises a 10-storey podium with retail, offices and hotel lobby, and a 37-storey hotel above with an additional 4 levels at rooftop with landscaped terrace and publicly accessible food and beverage venues. The tower is envisaged as a 4-5 star “lifestyle-affordable luxury” boutique hotel with approximately 407 guest rooms.
The Planning Proposal was supported by the Planning Assessment Commission (former) to proceed for Gateway Determination through the Rezoning Review process, and is the first Planning Proposal to have been supported in the City of Sydney at Rezoning Review.