Drivas Property Group has been given the green light to commence the redevelopment of International House, located on the corner of Pitt Street and Bathurst Street in the heart of the CBD.
The approval comes after proposals were put forward to the City of Sydney for the 110-year-old building situated directly opposite the future Pitt Street Metro Station in June of last year. Construction is now set to commence in 2020.
The redevelopment involves the refurbishment of the existing seven-storey heritage-listed building and a new build of a further seven storeys.
The additional levels and pavilion-style rooftop, designed by TKD Architects, will result in a 14-storey commercial tower at completion.
Works are expected to cost about $33 million and all include complete refurbishment works throughout the building as well as the addition of 8,971sq m of new commercial space.
The redevelopment will enhance the ground floor retail offering which has been designed to take advantage of the increase in pedestrian traffic that will be generated from the Pitt Street Metro Station opposite.
International House, located at 104 Bathurst Street, originally took form over two stages, with a seven-storey brick building completed on the corner of Pitt and Bathurst streets in 1908, followed by an L-shaped extension in 1926 constructed from brick and concrete-encased steel.
The Sydney-based developer has enlisted project manager Willow Frank to oversee the development for the complex heritage site.
“All heritage projects have their own unique set of challenges and cannot be undertaken in the same manner,” Willow Frank managing director Peter Mystriotis said.
“There were significant restraints with the existing 100-year-old building, and we have worked within these restraints to complement its historical significance, while establishing a new architectural legacy for its next 100 years.”
One of the major challenges highlighted was the variation from timber framed construction to concrete structure across the two stages of the building, and a considered and outcome-focused approach had to be taken to navigate these complexities.
“The design outcome is an exceptional result for the client, not to mention for the cultural identity of the whole of the Sydney CBD,” Mystriotis said.
Author: Ted Tabet | The Urban Developer – Journalist