Plans have been lodged for the first stage of the $150-million Central Coast Quarter development.
The first stage of St Hilliers’ three-tower precinct at 26-30 Mann Street comprises a 25-storey mixed-use development with 136 apartments, retail and 181 car parks.
The DKO Architecture-designed north tower has been lodged as a state significant development with a construction value of about $56.7 million.
The entertainment precinct concept design approved by the Independent Planning Commission last year included a 183-room hotel, 295 apartments across two towers, commercial space, restaurants and retail space.
DKO’s design report said the development would create an “active and functional city spine”.
“The built form draws upon and celebrates Gosford’s unique identity to facilitate an attractive and desirable setting for both its residents and the public realm,” the report said.
“The landscape design will create a strong connection to the adjoining Leagues Club Field, embracing and continuing the Indigenous character from the park up through into the towers’ landscape.”
The New South Wales government earmarked the site for Gosford’s Waterfront Precinct revitalisation as it links the CBD to the waterfront and provides an opportunity for higher density.
DKO Architects said the residential density of the proposed development was suitable and sustainable and consistent with Gosford’s evolution.
“Due to the site’s urban context and the nature of the project, the proposed development possesses the ability to be supported by existing and future infrastructure.
“The final outcome of the proposed development has been designed with a high level of social contribution in mind, not only to its residents.
“It will be a vibrant development that activates the street and invites residents of the proposal to interact with the local community.”
The apartments will include a mix of 14 one-bedroom apartments, 107 two-bedrooms, 14 three-bedrooms and 1 four-bedroom apartment, with 10 per cent able to be adapted for residents with disabilities.
The building has been designed to achieve 5.7-star Nathers Rating with a reduced requirement for heating and cooling.
Construction is anticipated to start in 2022.
The site was formerly the home of Gosford Public School which was demolished in 2014 for the state government to create a business precinct.
In March 2019, Property NSW sold the property to St Hilliers, with the company then building the six-storey office building and first stage of the Central Coast Quarter.
St Hilliers has already constructed a $50 million commercial building on the site in 2019, anchored by NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.