Plans for a 50-storey mixed-used development and revitalisation of the City Tattersalls Club located at 194 – 204 Pitt Street have been successfully lodged with the City of Sydney by a consortium led by Singapore-based First Sponsor Group Limited and ICD Property.
The Stage 2 Development Application (DA) includes plans for an elegant 50-storey tower featuring a 101-room hotel and 241 high-end residential apartments, and the redevelopment and introduction of new Club facilities such as ground floor retail, an upgraded lower bar and grill, new restaurants, a commercial fitness centre, and event spaces that highlight the beautiful historical features of the building’s original interiors.
At its base, the sleek tower transitions into a podium, creating a sophisticated connection between the ground-floor Club facilities and the newer tower above. The tower has been designed by award-winning architects BVN who were appointed to the project after winning an international design competition ahead of architecture firms Hassell, Bates Smart, SJB, Candalepas Associates, and DP Architects back in August 2020.
“The three parts of the project – Club, Hotel and Apartments – are purposefully articulated in the overall mass of the project, with fenestration informed by the existing exuberant heritage facades. They weave together a story of a rich history and an optimistic future for this significant place in the middle of the CBD”, said BVN Principal Architect Matthew Blair.
Since joining the project team, BVN has worked in close collaboration with fjmt studios, the appointed architects for the heritage components of the development who have also been selected to be the Club’s interior architects, to achieve a holistic design that is considered, elegant, and harmonious towards the site’s heritage components and neighbouring buildings. The result is an innovative contemporary tower façade that graciously flows down towards the Pitt Street streetscape seamlessly integrating with the Club’s rich heritage foundations.
“The home of the City Tattersalls Club will be transformed into a beautiful interconnection of exceptional heritage buildings and landmark heritage interiors with a new and exciting layer of contemporary design. This new architectural layer will be like an organic ribbon of movement and light connecting all the great interior rooms of the club while also creating new modern spaces and facilities. The new architecture also makes an appearance on Pitt Street infilling between some of the finest heritage facades in our city. This seamless blend of new and heritage represents both the unmatched heritage of the Club and its open, progressive, and innovative vision for the future,” said fjmt studio’s Design Director Richard Francis-Jones.
If the development’s Stage 2 DA is approved, premium apartments will occupy the top floors of the tower offering impressive views over Sydney’s CBD and harbour. Residents will also have access to exclusive amenities including several multipurpose rooms and a luxurious outdoor deck with BBQ and entertainment rooftop facilities. Below the residential apartments, hotel conglomerate IHG has recently signed on to operate the upper-upscale hotel which will comprise circa 101 rooms and its own collection of amenities for guests, with its boutique Hotel Indigo brand.
ICD Property Managing Director, Matt Khoo, said, “This is an extremely exciting milestone for the project and the result of many months of hard work by the entire project team. The collaboration between BVN and fjmt has been incredible, particularly during the unusual work conditions we have been facing lately due to COVID-19. Where we would previously have the entire project team spend hours together in hands-on workshops, our whole design team has been innovating its approach and remaining agile through working behind a screen. Despite these tough conditions the team has delivered a design that is respectful of the site’s heritage components, existing Club, and its members; whilst also producing a beautiful addition to the Sydney skyline and a rich asset for the city that will add significant value to the public through activation on its Pitt Street frontages. It is a true testimony to the strength and collaboration of the team.”
Speaking to why First Sponsor Group was attracted to the redevelopment opportunity, First Sponsor Group’s CEO, Neo Teck Pheng, said “It is rare to find developments that enhance a city like we have found with the City Tattersalls Club redevelopment. We fully recognise the importance of this project in the context of the wider Sydney community and are excited to have the opportunity to introduce much needed hotel rooms, new residential homes, and public amenities like the ground floor restaurants and retail assets.”
In relation to the redevelopment’s impact on the existing City Tattersalls Club, Group CEO Marcelo Veloz said, “The significance of this redevelopment to our members and a CBD that is very much in need of reactivating is indescribable. Pitt Street has been our Club’s home for the last 125 years and this long-awaited redevelopment will allow us to safeguard our next 125 years by upgrading the existing structures and expanding the facilities we have on offer to create even more benefit to our members and the wider community. We are extremely proud to be partnering with ICD Property and the First Sponsor consortium to deliver this amazing transformation of our great Club.”
Located within Sydney’s primary shopping, dining, office, and entertainment precinct with the Westfield Pitt Street mall a mere five-minute walk away, the City Tattersalls Club redevelopment marks a rare opportunity to improve the central city’s landscape through introduction of new public services and amenities and a landmark tower that will stand proudly amongst the city’s already iconic skyline. The project is currently scheduled to begin construction in 2022 with completion in 2026, pending a targeted Stage 2 DA approval by the end of 2021.
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