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By Kylie Scott
November 19, 2018
A development application has been lodged with the City of Sydney, aiming to see a $270 million, 49-storey tower rise above Sydney’s renowned City Tattersalls Club on Pitt Street. Previously, the same developer’s application was rejected, mainly due to heritage concerns.
Moving forward, the Club’s newly elected chief executive, Marcelo Veloz, has liaised with fjmt architects to prepare an indicative design so that the redevelopment of the 123-year-old club does not lose its significant history.
The designs, prepared for developer ICD Property, see the heritage aspects of the club retained and an impressive glass tower rising above Tattersalls Club. The new plan exhibits a refitted club, a contemporary hotel and a residential tower offering 246 apartments.
Along with ensuring the heritage-listed integrity of the building, making sure the towers do not cast a shadow over Hyde Park poses another challenge for the key players.
Should the DA receive preliminary approval, ICD Property have indicated that they will hold a design excellence competition to arrive at the final design. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, if approved, the tower will initiate a series of major developments in the local area.
This DA follows on from the recent renovation of the City Tattersalls Club’s Lower Bar. Sitting at ground level, the Lower Bar, is one of the oldest clubs in Sydney. This remarkable place opened in 1924, and it has hosted many household names including Gough Whitlam, Dennis Lillee and Dawn Fraser.
City Tattersalls Club itself has long been a part of the iconic Pitt Street streetscape. Designed by architecture firm Sheerin and Hennessy, and built in 1891, the Club's building and its interiors are listed on the state heritage register.
The Office of Environment and Heritage states that the overall form of the building should be retained and conserved, and it should continue to be used as a club facility. Additional floors could be added to the rear of the site as it would not impact the existing facade or the interiors.
A Conservation Plan is required prior to any proposal for new works which may impact on the exterior form and finishes or intact interiors. On the outside, all remaining intact original fabric on the external facades should be retained and conserved. When it comes to interiors, however, the guide lines are laxer. While remaining intact interiors, such as the 1930's streamlined bar and Sydney Room, should be protected and conserved, remodelled interiors can be alterred further.
The Tattersalls Club is a rare surviving example of a city club in continuous occupation of its premises for over a hundred years. It is associated with the high-quality work of the prominent practice of Sheerin and Hennessy, along with several other firms and craftsmen.
The building's exterior exhibits excellent stonemasonry. The interiors demonstrate fine craftsmanship in original plaster ceilings, elaborate cast iron columns and timber detailing.
The Tattersalls Club is an exceptional example of the free adaptation of Classical architectural devices to envelop a steel-framed building at a period of transition from the late Victorian to early Federation periods. It contributes to the townscape character of Pitt Street.
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