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Sydney’s Rhodes East redevelopment to focus on biophilic design

The winning design for the Parramatta River precinct will be a mix of retail, dining and residential options

By Robyn Willis
Wed, Oct 5, 2022 7:00amGrey Clock < 1 min

Rhodes East in Sydney’s inner west is one step closer to rejuvenation on the Parramatta River foreshore with the announcement of the design competition winner for 25-27 Leeds Street.

The winning proposal is by award-winning architectural firm SJB and Land And Form and is based on biophilic principles, with landscape integrated throughout the collection of buildings, which will offer a mix of retail, dining and residential options across a 6,000sqm site.

Director of Land and Form Ro Iyer, said the design allows the public and private spaces to transition from the natural foreshore into more urban spaces.

“The public domain embraces the unique geographical setting and confluence of where the Parramatta River meets Rhodes,” Iyer said. “The foreshore design represents this transition from natural to urban, creating an iconic destination that looks to restore and enhance important ecological assets and allow people to actively engage with the Parramatta River, setting a high-quality precedent for the Rhodes East Precinct.”

The residential development has been designed for maximum solar comfort. At least 85 percent of apartments will have desirable outlooks, with residences facing internal courtyards still enjoying glimpses of the river.

SJB and developer Billbergia have come together again on this site, having already successfully teamed up on nearby Rhodes Central.

“SJB has a long-running connection with Rhodes, completing the first masterplan for the regeneration of the suburb in 2005,” director of SJB Nick Hatzi said. “Our proposal for Leeds Street opens up new connections to the water and reflects SJB’s approach to permeable and civic-centric mixed-use development.”

SJB and Billbergia won Development of the Year – Mixed Use at the recent Urban Developer National Awards for Industry Excellence for Rhodes Central.  



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Hotel experience at home in Castle Hill

A new development in the Hills District sets a new standard in buyer expectations

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Wed, May 22, 2024 3 min

Castle Hill is set to be home to a new hotel-like development, with the announcement that the 94-apartment Astrid site is just weeks away from completion.

While the penthouse apartments across the two buildings have already been snapped up, there are still one, two and three-bedroom residences on offer. The development comes with a gold star iCIRT rating, guaranteeing it has met quality construction standards. The iCIRT rating system has been developed by Equifax in partnership with government, industry and market and rates projects from one to five stars following a rigorous and independent review process.

Steve Harb from developer CBD Core, said it’s the best indicator would-be buyers could have that their investment is safe.

“The iCIRT rating gives people the assurance that we’re trustworthy and have integrity as a developer,” he says. “Our service is complete from start to finish, from developer to builder. 

“As a buyer, you have one point of contact, there’s no shifting responsibility or passing the buck so if anyone has an issue, it can be sorted out as soon as possible.”

He said Astrid has proved popular with locals interested in upgrading without leaving the convenience and amenity of the Hills District. Surrounded by some of the best restaurants, clubs and recreational facilities in the area, it is also just six minutes’ walk to the new Metro station and a seven-minute drive to Castle Towers Shopping Centre. Schools and tertiary education options are also within an easy drive. In addition to some of the best parks and reserves in Sydney, it’s an attractive option for families on the move.

Mr Harb said the concept for the development, as with all his projects, was to create a hotel-like environment.

“I only do boutique projects and when I say ‘boutique’, I mean hotels without the concierge,” he says. “The quality and integrity is built into it.”

The infinity edge pool is surrounded by leafy gardens in a resort-style environment.

Leisure facilities include rooftop gardens and entertaining spaces as well as a fully equipped gym on the ground floor overlooking an infinity edge pool surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Mr Harb says beautiful landscaping is a signature of all his developments.

“I have lived in the Hills District for more than 15 years and the reason I live here is because I love the leafy environment, the greenery,” he says. “I always like to emphasise that in my developments with strong landscaping.”

WORK FROM HOME HUB

Recognising the ongoing desire to adopt a hybrid working model, Astrid provides a dedicated on-site working environment suitable for exclusive use by residents needing focused work time, as well as those seeking professional meeting rooms to receive clients, with wifi enabled work desks, as well as more casual seating. 

Mr Harb said the pandemic taught him that, while working from home was convenient, having breakout spaces within a wider residential development was highly attractive.

“You’re not stuck looking at the same four walls,” he says. “The shared work space at Astrid has comfortable lounges, chairs, coffee tables and more than a dozen cubicles,” he says. “It’s more like going into a meeting room in a hotel.”

The apartments are characterised by light-filled interiors.

IN RESIDENCE

The apartments are light-filled living spaces with seamless access to balconies, through to integrated joinery secreting storage. Finishes have been chosen to last, from the Michael Angelo Quartz benchtop and Char Oak Polytec Ravine joinery in the kitchen to the stone splashback and custom-made joinery in the bathroom.

Access throughout the buildings is via a swipe card, providing a secure environment. 

For more information, see Astrid Castle Hill.

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