Client: Doma Group
Duration: Oct 2015 - Jan 2017
Services: Town Planning & Traffic Engineering
The development of the ATO building at 99 Georgiana Terrace, Gosford has been in many headlines recently. After thorough review by the Joint Regional Planning Panel and Central Coast Council and successful defence of a Class 4 Appeal in the Land and Environment Court, development consent has been granted and works are almost complete. Situated in the Gosford Waterfront Precinct, the proposed 4 storey development will involve the construction of a mixed use office and retail premises.
The Commonwealth of Australia will be the sole tenant for ten years, using the building as an Australian Taxation Office, providing long term employment for approximately 700 people. Now that works are almost complete the ATO is now advertising for over 600 jobs at the new waterfront branch, opening up a new job market in local area and aiding in the revitalisation of the Gosford City Centre.
Pedestrian and vehicle connections between the City Centre and the waterfront will be provided along Mann Street, the Baker Street boulevard extension and through the site.
View corridors will be maintained by constructing the 4 storey ATO building so that it respects the adjoining heritage items and enables views over the building to and from the city centre / waterfront.
Street activation will be promoted through the adaptive reuse of the former School of Arts building as a food and drink premises; commercial shop fronts to the Baker Street extension; and multiple entries to the commercial premises off Georgiana Terrace.
An Urban Square will be created between the former School of Arts building and the new commercial premises. The Urban Square will connect with a landscaped terrace that will preserve historic footings from the former Police Superintendents House (referred to as the ‘Sergeants Quarters’) and create a secondary link through the site.
The ATO building design responds to a comprehensive tenant brief and is considered ‘A’ Grade quality delivering a 5 star Greenstar Rating and 4.5 star NABERS Rating.
The development has been positioned at the nearest point to the Gosford City Centre on the corner of Georgiana, Mann and Baker Streets, supporting the Gosford waterfront DCP that requires “Commercial office development to generally be provided as an extension or continuation of the existing Gosford CBD”.
The developer will commence construction of Baker Street for future connection to Vaughan Street to enable progressive development of the Gosford Waterfront. Barker Ryan Stewart provided town planning and traffic engineering services to Doma Group, assisting with the development application approval.