Billbergia has revealed innovative plans for the conclusive phase of its 11-hectare master-planned community Bennelong Cove, situated at Wentworth Point in Sydney’s western suburbs. The proposed development encompasses two striking 40-storey towers featuring up to 900 apartments.
Crafted by FJC Studio, the design incorporates a waterfront promenade with an amphitheatre, dining establishments, cafes, a pub, club, and the introduction of a new park at the heart of the town centre. To accompany this visionary project, Billbergia has committed approximately $70 million towards new community and social infrastructure, as outlined in a Voluntary Planning Agreement recently submitted to the Parramatta City Council.
The unveiling of these plans follows the public notification of proposed planning amendments by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. The amendments, if approved, would instigate significant changes to the Homebush Bay West Development Control Plan for the site located at 16 Burroway Road, Wentworth Point, also known as Block H.
The proposed amendments include a substantial increase in the allowable gross floor area (GFA) to 98,619 square meters, a figure that encompasses community facilities. Notably, the residential GFA is set to expand, allowing for 997 homes—almost three times the current planning controls. Billbergia’s visionary proposal seeks to elevate the maximum building heights from 16 to 40 storeys.
Moreover, the planning adjustments encompass refinements to setbacks, tower footprints, and the arrangement of building forms. A key highlight is the augmentation of the minimum public open space from nearly 11,000 square meters to 16,737 square meters, featuring a principal urban park spanning 10,044 square meters, according to an Exhibition Planning Report released by the government.
If approved by the council, Billbergia’s proposed community infrastructure includes a $36-million multi-purpose indoor sports and recreation centre, complete with outdoor courts, the urban park, picnic areas, and a council-owned childcare centre accommodating 90 children.
In addition, Billbergia envisions a second childcare centre, operated privately, also designed to cater to 90 children. Saul Moran, Billbergia’s Development Director of Planning and Design, emphasized the company’s longstanding involvement in the Wentworth Point community, spanning over 15 years.
“Bennelong Cove is the critical final stage that will see the entire waterfront promenade activated and provide enhanced community infrastructure alongside the delivery of critically needed new housing supply,” said Mr. Moran.
The Wentworth Point Precinct, stemming from a 2004 government-led urban renewal plan for the former industrial land on the Olympic Peninsula, has transformed various sites into predominantly residential spaces. Block H, a 31,566-square-meter site, represents one of the last remaining areas slated for redevelopment.
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