Newcastle’s biggest placemaking project, the 30-year transformation of the industrial port-side land along the harbour into Honeysuckle, has reached a significant milestone with registrations of interest opening for the final 3ha of land.
The precinct, being marketed as Honeysuckle HQ, has the potential to be an “enviable and vibrant destination showcasing the very best urban design”.
“Honeysuckle HQ presents a remarkable opportunity to shape Newcastle’s future CBD on the last remaining waterfront site in the thriving, urban city of Newcastle, NSW,” a spokesperson said.
“This exceptional parcel of land is poised to become the ‘go-to’ precinct where locals and tourists can live, work, and play.
“Exciting offerings will come together to create an iconic destination where the city meets the water.”
As the capital of the Hunter region, Newcastle’s urbanisation makes it one of the most sought-after investment opportunities in Australia. Honeysuckle HQ is the area’s most prestigious and significant precinct to date, the spokesperson said.
“The transformation of Newcastle’s harbourside into an accessible and enticing mixed use space has been accelerated following the NSW government’s $650-million-plus Revitalising Newcastle investment,” they said.
“New housing, public spaces, and an entertainment, dining and commercial hub are complemented by a landscaped waterfront promenade connecting Carrington and the city to the beaches, transforming Newcastle’s harbourfront into a location bursting with possibility.
“Great cities have many destinations that draw people in with multiple places to attract people time and time again and a range of activities to keep them interested and engaged.
“We want Honeysuckle HQ to be a magnetic destination with quality connections that underpin new economy and excellence, while enhancing the natural environment and local heritage.”
Honeysuckle HQ includes two parcels of land, Honeysuckle Quays on the waterfront and Honeysuckle Quarter, next to the waterfront site and part of the new CBD of Newcastle.
The last remaining waterfront development site, Honeysuckle Quays, is on the northern side of Honeysuckle Drive, at the Hannell Street intersection. It is zoned B4 Mixed Use under the Newcastle Local Environment Plan 2012.
The gateway development site, Honeysuckle Quarter, is on the southern side of Honeysuckle Drive, at the Hannell Street intersection, and is zoned B3 Commercial Core under the Newcastle Local Environment Plan 2012.
A two-stage process will aim to find the successful development partner, starting with a ROI process to gather market feedback, before the curation and launch of a Call for Proposals (CFP) process in 2022. Colliers International are managing the search for this partner.
This is the first of two stages to determine the final future use of the lands.
The expression of interest campaigns are being mounted by Colliers International.
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