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History in the Making at North Sydney

Wednesday, 12th January 2011

After six years in the planning, The Heritage at North Sydney gets the go ahead with history preserved in this gorgeous residential development.

Heralding in the New Year is an environmentally-advanced residential complex in Walker Street, North Sydney, that sensitively integrates ultra-modern apartments with four heritage houses. Called The Heritage, the new eight-storey apartment building is deliberately restrained, with uncluttered lines that blend into the sandstone precinct and sympathetically complement the houses which were built between 1891 and 1898. Three rectangular, stone-clad frames visually reduce the scale of the building and align with the heritage houses below. The spaces between the slender vertical frames and the houses define the entries into the two apartment foyers, which run from Walker to Hartnett Street. Satisfying all conservation, heritage and planning requirements for The Heritage has been a six-year ‘labour of love’ for the Moore Development Group, which specialises in boutique projects on the Lower North Shore. The result has been worth the effort, with The Heritage likely to set an ESD benchmark for North Sydney. The thermally-efficient building will reduce impact on the environment, giving all apartments access to daylight, sunlight and cross-ventilation, while a solar-boosted power system is one of the energy saving initiatives. The rooftop will embrace the building’s design philosophy that it’s “cool being green” through a landscaped terrace with a pergola, barbecue facilities and fantastic views of the harbour for all residents to enjoy. ‘Calm simplicity’ is the term architect William Smart uses to describes the design. “The aim is to create an ecologically-sustainable building that brings together architecture from eras 110 years apart, maximises the harbor views to the east, and which doesn’t overwhelm the streetscape,” he said. “The rectangular frames articulate the facades to create a vivid interplay of space and light. The facades are punctuated by horizontal bands of masonry and harbour-facing stone balconies. “Floor-to-ceiling glazing animate the finely-detailed glass walls and, with the bronze-coloured retractable external louvres, creates a high degree of privacy, natural light and ventilation for all apartments.” The four heritage houses at The Heritage will be restored to their former glory, and be on sale from $1.05-Million. Two are examples of Federation Gothic architecture, with the other two being in the style of Victorian Italianate and Federation Queen Anne. The apartments at The Heritage comprise: Style Internal External Price (from) Levies (approx) (2) two-bedroom 100-105sqm 9-14sqm $750,000 $545 per quarter (19) three-bedroom 151-182sqm 10-47sqm $1.25-M $1,000 per quarter Unlike some developers who are less design-focused, Moore Development Group refuses to compromise on quality, and believes ‘gracious space’ is what the middle-to-upper end of the Sydney apartment market desires. “That’s why the bulk of our apartments at The Heritage are large three-bedders with plenty of storage,” said Nick Rickard, General Manager of Moore Development Group, which has been using this same rationale for 20 years. “At a project in Earl Street, Mosman, all 15 three-bedders sold to owner-occupiers, and there have only been two re-sales in the past two decades, proving how happy people are with this style of spacious-gracious living.” The Heritage takes the concept of ‘gracious space’ one step further with a family room/study that can easily be turned into a fourth bedroom, providing flexibility for a growing family or catering for guests. The classically-proportioned rooms have long ‘blank canvas’ walls that are ideal for hanging artwork. The Heritage has the benefit of two distinctive street frontages, with the upper levels enjoying sparkling harbour views to the east. All apartments in the tower have wide frontages - from 12 to 14.4-metres - providing vantage points from the balcony, living area and the master bedroom. Externally The Heritage uses a rich palette of materials, carefully selected for their enduring properties and low maintenance qualities. Internally, opulent touches include travertine floors, timber veneer floating joinery, Smeg appliances, recessed halogen downlights and a choice of two finishes schemes. The full-height kitchen joinery, together with the bathrooms and laundry, has been designed as a ‘floating pod’ which is dislocated from the perimeter walls to create more space. A clever design element is the way apartments are serviced by two lifts, eliminating hotel-style amorphous corridors. Apartments at the northern end of the building have exclusive access to one lift which opens into their private entry, while the other lift services just two apartments per floor. The northern ‘stack’ of apartments has three frontages, and all other apartments have at least two frontages, ensuring abundant natural light and natural cross-ventilation. But if there is no breeze residents can utilise the fully-integrated reverse cycle air-conditioning to modify conditions. Jean-Paul Markopoulos of CBRE Residential says The Heritage should appeal to a range of buyers - from business people who want the convenience of being able to walk to work or commute easily to the CBD, to families who want to experience the traditional North Shore lifestyle. “We envisage a significant proportion of buyers will be moving from large suburban homes to this energising urban hub, which is within a few minutes walk of several of Sydney’s finest schools, restaurants, hotels, parks and entertainment facilities,” he said. “While the apartments are opulent and suited to owner-occupiers, canny investors will also appreciate the potential for capital growth as opportunities to live in the North Sydney CBD are rare.” Construction of The Heritage is scheduled to start mid-year, with completion by mid-to-late 2012. A display suite at 150 Walker Street, North Sydney is open by appointment through Jean-Paul Markopoulos of CBRE on 0434 133 133, with more information available on the website: www.theheritagenorthsydney.com.au

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