With the commencement of demolition activities at the former Corrimal Coke Works site near Wollongong, Legacy Property has unveiled the name for its upcoming residential redevelopment on Railway Street – ‘The Works,’ encompassing 550 homes.
Designed by DKO Architecture and Studio Johnston, the projects 1st stage release will consist of 181 apartments spread across five modest low-rise buildings nestled among established trees. The architectural approach takes cues from the site’s heritage and the local context of the Illawarra Escarpment, employing durable and practical materials. The design also includes ample landscaped courtyard areas, emphasizing simplicity and functionality.
Legacy Property joined Illawarra Coke Company for stage one of the development that has a $75-million capital investment value. There would also be a new road, 2761sq m of private open space and 3630sq m of publicly accessible space. Works will become Wollongong’s first 5-Star Green Star rated community with certification awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Strategically located just moments away from Corrimal Town Centre and a short walk to the coastline, The Works encompasses Corrimal Station, ensuring seamless connectivity to the Sydney CBD via rail. Spanning 18 hectares of land, the development integrates diverse landscapes, precincts, and housing types, featuring five four-story apartment buildings. The Works envisions establishing a vibrant focal point within a connected, walkable neighbourhood that seamlessly connects the coast and the escarpment.
Sales for this innovative community are set to launch this year, offering a range of low to mid-rise apartment buildings and townhouses. The housing options include one to four-bedroom dwellings, some of which boast scenic views of the escarpment. The initial stage of the project will witness the release of 181 apartments to the market. With an estimated value of $600 million, The Works embraces adaptive reuse by incorporating significant heritage elements from the Coke Works, including the iconic 1912 brick chimney and part of the original C1 Coke oven battery, housed within the former powerhouse building.
According to the planning documentation, the large scale urban renewal site has been master planned to feature five distinct character zones:
- Treetop Escarpment
The Treetop Escarpment precinct forms the entrance to the site from Railway Street, with buildings screened by the established green buffer that is retained in a generous landscape setback.
- Civic Hub
The Civic Hub will provide an urban and active character due to its proximity to Corrimal Railway Station. Buildings are built to the street boundary to activate the street, while the architecture will reflect the industrial history of the site through extensive use of masonry combined with finer grain metal elements.
- Village Park Precinct
The Village precinct provides for a mix of the lower scale and finer grain buildings comprising more multiple dwellings/townhouses, interspersed between apartment buildings on the western and eastern side that provide appropriate scale to interface with the riparian corridor and rail corridor.
- Green Edge
The Green Edge precinct fronts the riparian corridor and green open space at the west of the site, providing a key interface between the natural and built elements of the site.
- Riparian Precinct
The Riparian precinct provides a natural and functional green edge to the site, providing a significant connection with the natural environment.
The Riparian Precinct, covering an expansive seven hectares, is set to include amenities such as a nature play area designed for children, a half basketball court, a versatile fenced area, and community gardens. Additionally, The Works will provide convenient active transport connections, a designated dog park, a heritage plaza, local shops, and there are plans for a proposed childcare centre.
Located within a seven-kilometre radius from the core of Wollongong, The Works offers prospective residents’ convenient access to a bustling centre of employment opportunities, diverse shopping choices, entertainment venues, WIN Stadium for sports events, Wollongong Hospital, and the University of Wollongong.
The rezoning of the heritage site was finalised in April 2022 and Legacy Property is now progressing with development applications and expects to launch project sales in 2023.
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