Plans for Liverpool’s tallest tower have been unveiled, solidifying its position as Sydney’s third-largest CBD.
Designed by Melbourne-based architecture studio, Fender Katsalidis, for developer, Macky Corp, the landmark mixed-use project includes a 23-storey curved tower featuring approximately 25,000 square metres of new office space, 1,500 square metres of co-working, 640 square metres of retail including a refurbished 1888 Hotel.
Fender Katsalidis Director, Mark Curzon, said that the landmark project, Liverpool Quarter, will transform the area and enhance its surrounds.
“The building will act as a regional marker welcoming ones arrival into the city whilst creating an exciting new civic precinct celebrating its heritage,” he commented.
According to Fender Katsalidis, the design of Liverpool Quarter intends to strengthen the dialogue between the natural and built environments, and in doing so, draws upon the existing aesthetic of the area, including Liverpool’s brick buildings, green corridors and riverbanks.
Featuring curved edges to soften its impact, the elegant tower is set to become a regional marker that has been shaped to allow sunlight to seep into the heritage precinct.
In addition to the 23-storey tower, the project also comprises the refurbishment of the existing three-storey heritage New Commercial Hotel along with the construction of a two-storey building known as The Stables.
“The Stables has been designed to reflect the current heritage streetscape in terms of both scale and materiality, the lobby component of the tower also responds to this ‘two-storey’ scale as the tower floats above,” said Mr Curzon.
The design response boasts plenty of ‘breathing space’ between the existing heritage New Commercial Hotel and new buildings. 1,200 square metres of open space will act as the heart of the precinct – providing greater connectivity to the city.
The project is set to cater to the growing commercial demands of the area, particularly with the Western Sydney Airport approval, while the location also provides excellent connectivity to the Sydney CBD through the adjacent Liverpool train station.
“What drew us to Liverpool was the unprecedented infrastructure investment,” explained Macky Corp Director, Michael Hercus.
“We were attracted to this site given it was opposite the train station but also because of the three-storey heritage pub that was once the gateway to the city from the river and the east. Liverpool Quarter will stand proud as the gateway to the city and the refurbished pub alongside The Stables will create a destinational food and beverage precinct.”
Construction of the building is expected to commence in late 2019 and completion is targeted for late 2021.