A $180 million triple-tower plan designed by CKDS Architecture could transform Gosford’s CBD skyline if approved by Council.
Combining residential units, hotel rooms, retail, restaurants and an open plan walk through area connecting the CBD to the waterfront, the proposed development is planned for the unused Froggys site on Mann Street, which has been the subject of several unsuccessful development attempts in the past.
In 2002, Spurbest lodged a plan to build six buildings between seven and 22 storeys, but this was rejected and the developer invited to re-design with a 15 storey limit. In 2003, Gosford Council again rejected this revised plan.
With three towers graduating from 26 storeys to 34 storeys, which is twice the height currently permitted in Gosford, there is uncertainty as to whether the new development will be approved. However, both architects CKDS and developer, Chinese businessman Jian Wang from the New Hong Kong Macau Group Australia, are excited about their plans.
Artist's impression of the rejected Spurbest development for Gosford
“We have worked in close co-operation with Gosford Council and the historic clock tower on site will be retained and incorporated into the design,” CKDS principal Caine King told the Daily Telegraph.
“We are going with a clean design featuring lots of light and view corridors.
“It is aimed at combing both urbanism and architecture and bringing life back to Gosford City by reconnecting the town to foreshore.”
Wang adds that Gosford has great potential and high demand for apartments, with the necessary infrastructure already in place.
“It is the perfect location with its beautiful waterway and major facilities close at hand,” he said through an interpreter.
“It has everything from water and trees to mountains and beaches nearby – that is why so many people want to relocate here.”
Demolition at the vacant site is due to begin next month.
Plan showing the proposed Waterside complex in Gosford. Images: Daily Telegraph