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Old October 21st, 2014, 02:33 AM   #6221
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Joynton Avenue.

"Grand" now being revealed.

The site of the final building of Emerald Park is now being excavated as you can see on the right, so Emerald Park should be completed by early 2016.
The final building is on Joynton Avenue between "Grand" and "Epic" and will be - I think - 10 storeys.
Architect: Stanisic Architects
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Old October 21st, 2014, 03:08 AM   #6222
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Today's AFR:

VSQ North wins top tower
Australian Financial Review, Australia by Rebecca Thistleton

Zetland's tallest apartment tower took out the Housing Industry Association and CSR's NSW award for best apartment complex on Saturday night Meriton project VSQ North, has four towers which peak at 27 storeys and was finished in July 2013. It was one of the first residential projects to be finished in the gentrifying area.

The judges awarded VSQ North the top prize based on its visual appeal, amenities and quality.

"The finishes are well executed throughout the project and the builder has shown a good use of energy efficiency, in particular with the acoustics," the judges' citation said.

The 297-unit project has a lap pool, spa and sauna, a gymnasium and a convenient onsite childcare centre.
Good effort by Turner Studio as well.
Reference to acoustic is due to the fact that tower is sitting right next to South Dowling Street - main road to/from airport - so eastern elevation is double skin curtain wall.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:11 AM   #6223
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Stations at the University of Sydney and/or Waterloo are overcomplications of what the first line on the Sydney Rapid Transit network (NWRL - Second Harbour Crossing - Bankstown Line conversion) should be. The delivery of this line should be integrated with the delivery of existing and planned urban renewal - Central Station airspace (new underground platforms at Central), Redfern / Eveleigh airspace (new underground platforms at Redfern) and the Ashmore Estate (new underground platforms at Erskineville).

Collectively, these urban renewal areas are projected to deliver ~12,500 new dwellings in approximately 97 hectares. Using a modest household size of 2.0 people / dwelling, this equates to 25,000 new residents in 97 hectares ... giving a density of over 25,000 people / square kilometre.

Throw in an estimated 15,000 jobs in the Central to Eveleigh Corridor, and you have a heck of a lot of people to plan for.


I am not a fan of a Green Square light rail loop. With light rail going north-south on George Street, the only two other north-south corridors are Sussex Street (appropriate for a future LRT line coming from Parramatta Road) and Elizabeth Street (appropriate for a future LRT line coming from Oxford Street).

I feel the best chance we have to reinvigorate Oxford Street (assuming heritage / FSR / height restrictions remain in place) is to replace kerbside bus lanes with centre running LRT between the city and Bondi Junction. Light rail along the corridor would also service St Vincent's Hospital, Bondi Junction and (more loosely) Allianz Stadium and the SCG.

Note I don't support the extension of light rail from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. I think the most obvious route (Bondi Road) is too narrow and (potentially?) too steep. I'd support the conversion of the Eastern Suburbs line to SRT and its extension to Bondi Beach with new stops at Bondi and Bondi Beach. Long/er term, the SRT line could branch south at Bondi Junction to include new stations at Waverley, Randwick, Randwick Barracks (surely a major urban renewal opportunity), Maroubra, Malabar and beyond depending on feasibility. This way you could justify 30 tph through the active, high density core (Redfern-Bondi Junction), with fewer services to the Bondi Beach and Malabar branches.


So what do I support and when? I want to see the conversion of the Airport Line between Revesby and the CBD for SRT - and before light rail is built on Oxford Street. Segregation of the Airport Line from the East Hills Line should reduce the loading through the Airport-CBD corridor. Increasing the number of services to 30 tph through the core will also help reduce the crush, and open up new opportunities for stations on the line.

Where would I put stations? As has been discussed - Waterloo (circa Raglan and George) and Alexandra Canal (circa The Grounds of Alexandria). This would unlock significant development potential at the Waterloo housing estates (not proposing to remove / reduce public housing, merely to diversify the mix of residents and to add jobs and services), and allow the exploration of opportunities to transform the Alexandra Canal into Canal St-Martin (providing WestConnex doesn't wreck the joint).

This leaves a problem though - once 30 tph pass through the heavily populated core (CBD-Green Square), the only dense station hubs to the line's terminus are Mascot, Sydney Airport and Wolli Creek. 30 tph would seem like overkill...so perhaps the answer is to branch the line after Green Square and build new stations to the south-east; Rosebery, Kingsford (interchange with light rail), Eastgardens and then a number of options to work towards a terminus.
Fascinating discussion and detail, thank you.
A relative found that Bondi Beach residents did not want people funnelled to the beach by rail, and that is what held back the line there. How will things be different now?
What about UNSW?
100,000 people are travelling into the Randwick district every day- to the hospital and university- that has to be part of the picture.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:28 AM   #6224
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The winner has been selected by won't be named publicly until early next month.
From council documents for next Tuesday's meeting:

"This report recommends that Council accept the Jury’s recommendation to engage
Entrant ‘A’ for the Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park design consultancy."

Entrant 'A' could be any one of the 5 finalists.
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Officially opened this morning.

The splendid fan column at the main entrance @ 4 Defries Avenue.
The chap is the head of Payce making his speech at the opening ceremony.
Those dangling lights need a bit of a re-think.

The formal 'stuff', opening speech, Welcome to Country and LM Moore speech and ribbon cutting, and in we surged.
Note skylight.

The skylight looking straight up. Look carefully.

View south along main concourse with 'soft' lighting, to west entrance on Cooper Place.

Looking back along the main concourse from the Cooper Place.

The entrance on the west end of Cooper Place.

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Old Yesterday, 09:50 AM   #6226
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Looks very good Brizer - amazing how much work is done in the last few days just before the opening of new developments
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They had a short piece on tonight's Nein News.
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Ah, missed it.

There was a frenzy of activity the past couple of days and some did an all-nighter last night. Apart from Taste Baguette at the main entrance, none of the cafés/restaurants along Defries Av & Cooper Pl are ready though inside almost all the shops were operating though a couple of them looked a bit on the lick-&-a-promise side, clearly last minute.
Coles is pretty amazing for a supermarket.
With Coles, Taste Fresh Food & Zetciti (Qi Shen) Asian market, we will be spoiled for choice for fresh food.

Taste Fresh Food Market.

Bowan Valley Bakery Café: avec la participation de Julie.

Lounge area off the main court.
Lifts to East Phoenix, Montessori Child Care Centre, Virgin Active Gym, etc. + loos.

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Wow looks fabulous!
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Agree that it does look amazing! I can only imagine this will really change the feel of Victoria Park ... and one day I will live across the street in Rudy Tower
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Mid-afternoon on DAY 1 - 22 October

Interiors x Koichi Takada Architects

Just a few more...

Main concourse looking north from main court with little girl running & dancing in her own little world.

The main court with Taste Fresh Food Market.

Looking from Bowan Island café to main concourse.

Looking from Bowan Island café to entrance to Zetciti (Qi Shen) Asian Fresh Food Market (behind wall). Escalators to carparks, East Phoenix Yum Cha Restaurant, Child Care, Gym, Audi, etc.

The atrium to the east concourse looking north.

The atrium again looking south to the entrance on the east side of Cooper Place.

...that's all, folks.

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