29 November 2012 — NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner, Lend Lease representatives, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and residents of Pyrmont celebrated the official completion of Jacksons Landing this week in Sydney’s inner city Pyrmont on the former Colonial Sugar Refinery Company site
The completion of the final residential building, Silk, marked the end of a 16-year urban renewal process on the fringe of the CBD and exemplified how former industrial areas could be transformed for new housing and offices within walking distance of the city.
Subject to many complaints about the lack of amenities in the early part of the Pyrmont redevelopment program the area is now considered to have come of age and supports a range of eateries and interesting strip shopping and community life.
The site was purchased in 1996 by a joint venture consortium which included Lend Lease, Kerry Properties and Rico Star, a subsidiary of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
The before and after photos tell the story. Today, the Jacksons Landing houses 3000 residents and about 1000 employees. The project, built along 700 metres of harbour foreshore, comprises 1350 dwellings, 35,000 square metres of commercial space, 1000 square metres of retail space and 3.2 hectares of open space.
Lend Lease’s Development business in Australia managing director Denis Hickey said the project demonstrated that places could be created that are both culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable for future generations.
A joint effort between Lend Lease, SHFA and a range of Australian architects, Jacksons Landing includes diversified residential developments consisting of low rise and high rise apartments, terraces and heritage loft conversions along with mixed use commercial buildings.
The development also delivered the Antias residential building – the first project in NSW to receive a 4 Star Green Star multi-unit residential design v1 certified rating.