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this development starts demolition in june and construction early 2019 with completion 2021.
the twin t owers will reach 90m high becoming Newcastles tallest dwarfing nearby 66m verve twins



ARTIST’S impressions have become commonplace in Newcastle’s civic discussions in recent years, illustrating many of the biggest ideas for the city’s future before they actually take form.

They are idyllic pictures of the future, sometimes falling behind the pace of the city around them in showing the skyline as it is.

It has been a big week for them in Newcastle’s West End.

The announcement that Doma Group would spend $200 million to send two 90-metre towers shooting out of the former Store building, right to the peak of the site’s height limit, arrived on Friday morning.

On Thursday, the Thirdi Group revealed $104 million plans a stone’s throw away with its Stella twin towers at the corner of Bishopsgate and Hannell streets.

While the latest addition to Doma’s Hunter portfolio is also its biggest, it will not tower over Newcastle to the extent it would have even just 10 years ago. The city is literally rising, with towers including the under-construction Verve straining towards the sky.

But none will challenge the Store site for prominence, perhaps as it should be given the towers will stand atop what has been designed to become the city’s main coach, rail and light rail interchange.

Those who remember the Store’s heyday may be disheartened by confirmation that its heritage-listed facade will be no more, but must concede a major overhaul is required to make the landmark site useful to a city of Newcastle’s size once more. While it has always been an important place near the city’s entrance, the shift of central business district from east to west means its potential has never been greater.

“Public debate over its future – if such a debate arises – should focus on what the city will gain from this development, not what it might be losing,” the Herald wrote in this space a year ago. “Heritage is important to Newcastle, without a doubt, but we are not a city preserved in aspic, making a living from our past. We are a community looking to the future, confident enough to accept that development need not be a dirty word.”

Through the latest round of artistic renderings, the vision to cement the Wickham interchange as a hub for the city and shed the non-functional vestiges of its past has finally been shared. Now all of Newcastle will wait to see it come to fruition, and the true art will be in delivering on its promise
 

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A lot of water to go under the bridge yet with DA and feasibility of 2 x 28 storey residential towers (and we all know how long it takes to get things approved in this town).

Looks great for the HDC submission to win the tender for the site (and hope we do see projects that tall and taller in the short term), however might not be what they actually end up building.

Just hope the Nimbys don't start going crazy about how tall it is etc.

Look great and fingers crossed.
 

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A lot of water to go under the bridge yet with DA and feasibility of 2 x 28 storey residential towers (and we all know how long it takes to get things approved in this town).

Looks great for the HDC submission to win the tender for the site (and hope we do see projects that tall and taller in the short term), however might not be what they actually end up building.

Just hope the Nimbys don't start going crazy about how tall it is etc.

Look great and fingers crossed.
are you from newcastle
 

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lowey he don't know earthquake before too
newcastle real nice place have visit i went there last January 2018
newcastle have more time making safe for building but finally get tallest
nimby seem don't mind because they put other side west nothing there
my guess lowey live newcastle if i right?
 

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i drew up with sketchup and added to my google earth



 

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well i can add buildings. so its not too bad.
 

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no da yet. ive added aero, bishsgate, and the wickham st towers. im now adding 38 hannell st-the 2x16storeys STELLA. lots happening
 

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https://www.theherald.com.au/story/...ewcastles-most-generous-height-limit/?cs=7573

Store apartment towers stretch Newcastle’s most generous height limit
Michael Parris October 19 2018 - 7:00AM

Doma Group’s plans for the Newcastle West site include two 99-metre residential towers, easily the tallest in the city and nine metres above the height limit for the site.

A concept plan submitted last week to Newcastle City Council includes up to 350 apartments in the two 30-storey towers, a five-storey car park, bus interchange and 12-storey office building, also the largest in Newcastle.

Documents accompanying the concept plan show Doma proposes to create several cafe-lined public spaces, known as Brewery Lane, Cooper Plaza, Interchange Square and Rail Line Park, in what is designed to be the centrepiece of Newcastle’s new central business district.

The plan applies for an extra nine metres of height above that prescribed in the Newcastle Local Environment Plan on the grounds that the “overall massing, scale, bulk and height of the proposed development is consistent with the desired future character envisioned for the West End Precinct”.

“The variations allow for the orderly and economic use of the land in an appropriate manner, whilst allowing for a better outcome based on planning merits and public benefit,” it argues.

“Council can be satisfied that compliance with the development standard is unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances of the proposed development and that there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify contravening the development standards.”

The variation would allow three more floors of apartments than would be allowed under the LEP.

In a letter to Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation in July, the director of design excellence at the NSW Government Architect’s office, Olivia Hyde, said the plan’s designers, Bates Smart, were “highly regarded and have a track record of delivering design excellence”.

“Notwithstanding the lack of a competitive design process, the chosen scheme is one that the GA believe to be of a high standard and is capable of achieving design excellence through further design development,” Ms Hyde wrote.

Doma’s application says the extra height will be “difficult to detect” visually and will not cause an unreasonable amount of overshadowing of neighbouring properties.

The proposed 12-storey office building next door is significantly lower than the 90 metres allowed on the site.

The concept plan says the development has been designed as a “family of forms” to minimise the bulk of the buildings “with slender residential towers and smaller floorplates”.

“The proposed development has been designed by Bates Smart Architects and consists of a number of high-quality, architecturally designed buildings that make a positive contribution to the West End of Newcastle, which respond to the heritage context.

“The proposed development will improve the vitality, identify and diversity of Newcastle City Centre by revitalising ‘The Store’ site, which has fallen into disrepair and disuse.”

The Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel is the consent authority for the various stages of the redevelopment.
 

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Large piling rig arrives in Newcastle for substructure works on The Store redevelopment

Doma Group has passed two milestones on The Store redevelopment with approval for Newcastle's largest stand-alone office building and the arrival of one of Australia's biggest piling rigs to start substructure works on the 12,000 square metre site.

In April last year, Doma won the tender to develop the former Store site on Hunter Street as a master-planned mixed use development, which included delivery of a new bus interchange.

The $200 million planned development will comprise a five-storey car park, which will float over the bus interchange, two 30-storey residential towers and an 11-storey stand-alone office building.

The car park was approved in October last year and last month the Joint Regional Planning Panel granted Development Application approval for the office building at 6 Stewart Avenue, which will comprise 15,000 square metres of office space. It will be anchored by NSW Government tenants under a pre-commitment for 10 years.

Demolition of the old Store was completed in January. An archaeological investigation followed then remediation of the site for construction of the bus interchange, office and associated car park.

As substructure works began on the car park this week with the sinking of the piles, Doma's general manager of development Gavin Edgar explained a larger piling rig was needed to due to scale of the project.

"Eventually there will be two tall towers that are connected to the car park," Mr Edgar said.

"The piles need to go to bedrock. In that location it's around 40 metres deep. That's a lot more than you'd normally do for a standard car park but the car park can't settle at a differential rate to the towers, which is why they are going so deep."

Site manager Doug Rielly, from building company Bloc, told the Newcastle Herald on Friday the piling rig, which was floated up from Melbourne, had reached 46 metres since works began this week.

The piling rig augurs down to bedrock. Concrete is pumped in as the augur is extracted then a steel cage is put in to form the piles, which will support the eventual structure.

The DA for the residential towers is expected to be lodged to City of Newcastle soon and Mr Edgar anticipated by the end of the year there could be five cranes on The Store site alone - one on each residential tower, one on the office building and two on the car park.

He expected that to be in addition to cranes on Doma's Honeysuckle sites Lume, Huntington and Little National Hotel plus possibly one on a nine-storey building planned for Merewether Street.

The Rider Levett Bucknall Crane Index Australia for the first quarter of this year reported six cranes in Newcastle compared to 12 at the start of the third quarter last year.

https://www.theherald.com.au/story/...Z5_6D1D7B3EbtuetUdyfCLeqamwmmfgnWJ_b8#slide=8
 
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