FAQs

Q1. WHAT IS THE SURRY HILLS SHOPPING VILLAGE PROPOSAL?

TOGA’s vision is to revitalise the Surry Hills Shopping Village to provide residents, business owners, workers and visitors of Redfern and Surry Hills with a vibrant neighbourhood hub.

In collaboration with the City of Sydney, TOGA has considered the local character of Redfern and Surry Hills and intends to create a convenient and connected urban place with a collective of engaging and diverse spaces that reflect the neighbourhood’s streets and laneways.

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE

  • A new public parklet, to be dedicated to Council
  • A vibrant retail and dining precinct, activating key street frontages
  • A public realm designed for patrons, workers, visitors, residents and the community to share
  • A widened footpath enhancing Marriott Street
  • A laneway providing pedestrian and cycling connectivity from Marriott Street through to Baptist Street
  • A market-style retail laneway that connects the existing laneway networks providing a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly alternative to Cleveland street
  • Collaboration with local artists and community spokespeople throughout planning and design
  • The protection of the heritage building on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Streets.

Q2. HOW MANY LEVELS ARE PROPOSED AND WILL IT AFFECT LOCAL AREA’S AESTHETIC?

The Surry Hills Shopping Village Planning Proposal will reach a maximum of seven storeys as prescribed and endorsed by the City of Sydney.

The height changes have been well considered throughout the planning process and include design considerations such as building setbacks to minimise the impact on the surrounding area.

Notably, building heights in sensitive areas have been reduced or deleted completely to ensure that any impact to neighbouring terrace houses is minimised.

Q3. WILL THE PROPOSED HEIGHT OF THE SITE CAUSE OVERSHADOWING?

The proposed development situates locates building height on the north eastern part of the site to minimise the impact to neighbouring residential properties to the south and west.

The development application incorporates key architectural elements such as setbacks and cascading height limits to ensure the redevelopment is sensitive to the surrounding low/medium density terrace houses. New terrace houses have been incorporated into the development on Marriott Street to reflect the existing character of the neighbourhood.

The development incorporates key architectural elements such ass setbacks and cascading height limits to ensure the redevelopment is sensitive to the surrounding low/medium density terrace houses. New terrace houses have been incorporated into the development on Marriott Street to reflect the existing character of the neighbourhood.

 

Q4. WHEN IS IT PROPOSED TO BE BUILT?

Construction works are proposed to commence in mid-2019. The Surry Hills Shopping Village will be temporarily closed during the construction period.

To assist local shoppers during this time, TOGA will provide a community shuttle bus that will run every two hours to and from the Coles supermarket, located on Danks Street in Waterloo.

Q5. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EXISTING SHOPPING VILLAGE?

The existing shopping centre will be temporarily closed down during the construction period. The Surry Hills Shopping Village will be rejuvenated into a vibrant community precinct that includes retail, food and beverage offerings as well as public parks and walk ways.

Q6. WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE HERITAGE BUILDING?

The former Bank of New South Wales heritage building is located on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Streets. TOGA acknowledges the importance of this building and is committed to protecting it for the benefit of the community.

Additionally, the existing character of Marriot and Cooper Streets has been considered in the development application with two-storey terraces incorporated into the design at street-level.

Q7. WHAT IS THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT

A development application has been lodged with the City of Sydney for assessment and is on public exhibition for feedback. Formal submissions can be made until Monday 5 November 2018.

The development application including specialists’ reports can be viewed at City of Sydney development applications on exhibition

Q8. WHAT IS A DESIGN EXCELLENCE COMPETITION?

A Design Excellence Competition is a City of Sydney initiative whereby leading architectural firms are invited to participate in a competitive process with the view of achieving design excellence for new developments.

Designs are assessed by a selection panel comprising of members who represent the public interest and have expertise and experience in the design and construction professions and industry, including registered architects with urban design expertise.

The selection panel members were selected by the City of Sydney and Toga.

Further detail can be found in the City of Sydney Competitive Design Policy.  

Q9. HOW WAS THE DESIGN EXCELLENCE COMPETITION FOR THE PROPOSAL RUN?

TOGA undertook a Competitive Design Alternatives Process for the Surry Hills Shopping Village redevelopment, with four of Australia’s leading architects invited to participate by submitting development schemes for the site.

To ensure that the Surry Hills and Redfern neighbourhood was suitably represented, TOGA selected three local architectural firms. Participating firms were:

  • SJB, Architect Prineas and Aspect Studios
  • Bates Smart and Chenchow Little
  • DKO, Archer Office, Aspect Studios, Tribe and Hames Sharley
  • Woods Bagot, Alexander and Co and Christopher Owen Landscape Design.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The designs were considered by a selection panel of four members.

The SJB, Architect Prineas and Aspect Studio scheme was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.

Q10. WHAT WAS THE WINNING DESIGN AND WHY WAS IT CHOSEN?

The winning design was developed by SJB Architects and Architect Prineas with landscape design by ASPECT Studios, all local firms based in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Redfern.

The Selection Panel chose the SJB, Architect Prineas and ASPECT Studios scheme demonstrated Design Excellence on the following basis:

  • The proposal was of very high quality and demonstrated a thorough and thoughtful understanding of the area
  • Strong urban design principles, particularly at the Cleveland and Marriott Street corner
  • A diverse range of unique apartment types and a delightfully whimsical architectural language
  • Sophisticated thinking in the relationship of public and private spaces
  • A well resolved separation of land-uses (i.e. residential, commercial and retail)
  • Opportunities for the retention of the existing mature street trees
  • Greening of roof gardens and a well-considered landscaping strategy.

Q11. WHICH RETAILERS WILL OPERATE IN THE RETAIL PRECINCT?

Coles Supermarket will be the anchor tenant for the retail precinct of the development.

Throughout the construction period, TOGA will be carefully selecting retailers, providores and food and beverage operators that are aligned with the neighborhood’s values and provide amenity to local residents and business owners.

Q12.  IS THERE ANY COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE?

A diversity of residents, visitors and workers is integral to the long-term success of any neighbourhood. To ensure that the Surry Hills Shopping Village and the surrounding streets are active at all times of day, it is proposed that an office building will be incorporated on the Cleveland Street frontage.

The benefits of commercial office building include:

  • local employment opportunities for residents
  • office workers shopping nearby and supporting local businesses
  • greater diversity throughout the day supporting place making, activation and safety.

Q13. THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT MAY CAUSE INCREASED TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION, WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THIS IN THE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

Extensive traffic modelling has been undertaken to ensure that impact on traffic and congestion in the surrounding area is minimised.

All parking will be relocated below ground to increase the amenity of the surrounding streets. The current design provides additional off-street parking for residents, visitors, and the community.

All deliveries will be relocated from the current location on Marriott Street to Baptist Street. This provides better connections to arterial roads reducing overall traffic impacts to local streets. The loading docks are located below ground reducing the noise currently experienced by residents adjacent to the at-grade loading docks on Marriott Street.

Additionally, TOGA encourages alternate modes of transports for residents and the community such as car share bays and bike storage within the site. This is complemented by the new Light Rail station located on Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, which is due for completion in 2020.

Q14. WILL THERE BE A SHAREWAY WITHIN THE PRECINCT?

The development includes a new shareway which will connect Baptist Street and Cooper Street. In order to maintain the local environment, the link will be limited to pedestrian and bicycle movement and allow for part vehicle access.

Q15. WILL THE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT HAVE PARKING?

The new residents will have basement parking within the building to eliminate the need for on-street parking and congestion. The basement residential parking will include visitor car spaces.

Q16. WILL THERE BE CUSTOMER AND RETAIL PARKING?

There will be sufficient basement parking for customers of the retail precinct.

Q17. WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE PROPOSED PUBLIC PARK?

TOGA has committed to dedicating a public park to Council for the use of the community to share and enjoy.

Q18. IS THE DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABLE?

TOGA has committed to the achievement of a minimum 4 Star Green Star Coles supermarket and energy and water BASIX scores that are at least 5 points above targeted for the site.

These commitments have documented as part of the Planning Agreement with the Council.

Q19. IS THERE ANY PUBLIC ART?

Toga has commissioned Urban Art Projects (UAP) to deliver public art onsite in line with the City of Sydney’s Public Art Strategy. UAP will prepare a curatorial vision and identify opportunities for public art in the architectural scheme.

Further detail can be found in the City of Sydney Public Art Strategy Policy.

Q20. HOW WILL THE DEVELOPMENT BENEFIT AND ENGAGE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?

TOGA’s consideration for the local community has been at the forefront of the Surry Hills Shopping Village development application.

Key considerations of the proposal include:

  • A new public parklet, to be dedicated to Council
  • A vibrant retail and dining precinct, activating key street frontages
  • Local employment opportunities
  • A public realm designed for patrons, workers, visitors, and residents to share
  • A widened footpath enhancing Marriott Street
  • A laneway providing pedestrian and cycling connectivity from Marriott St through to Baptist St
  • The protection of the heritage building on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Street
  • A pedestrian-only, market-style retail laneway that connects the existing laneway networks providing a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly alternative to Cleveland street
  • Collaboration with artists and community spokespeople throughout planning and design.