The Balmain Leagues Club redevelopment in Sydney is a mixed-use project known as Rozelle Village, developed by Chinese developer Heworth and designed by architecture firm Scott Carver. The site, which had been abandoned and in disrepair since the club closed over a decade ago, was further damaged by a fire in May of 2021.
The development will feature a new town square, public plaza, and retail precinct, with a commercial area that includes a new Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, which merged with the former Balmain Tigers Leagues Club. Heworth has reduced the number of apartments from 167 to 147 to create more two- and three-bedroom units with larger floor plans, premium interior architecture, fixtures, and fittings, targeting discerning local owner-occupiers, particularly downsizers.
The developer aims to start building the project in mid-2023 and complete it by 2025. The retail precinct is expected to be anchored by a major supermarket, providing increased convenience to the local area. Heworth has worked closely with Scott Carver to improve the overall design scheme and has submitted amendments to its approved development application for three towers on the prominent corner site of Victoria Road, Darling, and Waterloo Streets.
A huge fire ripped through the abandoned Leagues Club back in 2021, which further crippled the buildings. Nobody was hurt in the incident. The site has been vadndalised further ever since and has become a huge eyesore for the area.
Heworth has not disclosed the expected capital expenditure for the project but estimates a gross realisation value of $500 million. An on-site sales office will include a display apartment and full details on the retail offering, with interested parties able to inspect it in early 2023 before sales commence. The redevelopment is highly anticipated by the club members, and Heworth seeks to make significant improvements to the overall design scheme that will benefit the local community as well as residents.
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