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Density design principles

22 March 2016

Sydney, like all cities, is growing and evolving. Sitting so close the CBD, the Central to Eveleigh corridor has the potential to reinforce Sydney’s identity as one of the world’s great cities while also providing great benefits for local residents, and the people who travel to the area for work and pleasure.

Through previous consultation, and with expert and stakeholder advice, we have developed principles when incorporating new and typically taller buildings in the corridor. These principles complement other precedents around Sydney and the guidelines for high-quality design of apartment blocks in NSW contained in SEPP65.

We expect apartment buildings from 3–33 storeys will be considered across the corridor. The tallest building in Waterloo at present is approximately 30–32 storeys. Any building will need to be considered in context and we recognise that high rise buildings (generally above 10 storeys) need additional consideration of solar and visual impacts.

These areas are recognised in the Urban Transformation Strategy as key move nine: to integrate new high density mixed use buildings with the surrounds

The neighbourhoods of Central to Eveleigh will set a benchmark for the way different types of buildings and structures, old and new, are integrated and promote a variety of uses.

Design principles

 1. Diversity

Building height and form should be diverse and avoid a ‘curtain of high-rise’ where every building is the same height.

2. Variety

The look and feel of buildings (their design, façades and size) should be varied and attractive.

3. Transition from new to old

Taller buildings should be located to have less impact and taper down in height to transition into existing neighbourhoods.

4. Active streetscapes

Buildings should provide active and attractive frontages and footpaths to attract pedestrians and foot traffic.

5. Accessible public spaces

Design should encourage high levels of activity in public spaces that are used frequently by a range of people.

6. Community facilities

Community facilities should be co-located near areas of community activity and designed to support and activate public spaces.

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