PTW Architects is spearheading the transformation of Sydney suburb St Leonards through its design of landmark mixed-use project Eighty Eight by JQZ. Located south of the Pacific Highway, the 5,820sqm site is bordered by Christie Street to the east and Lithgow Street to the west with a future revitalised Christie Lane running through the middle.
The new landmark project comprises:
- Public open space – the future St Leonards civic square
- Communal open space on rooftop area of 1,055sqm
- Two residential towers of 47 and 26 storeys
- A 30,000sqm commercial building
- Three-level retail centre
- New St Leonards Public Library
- Facilities including a rooftop pool, gym and outdoor deck
- New laneway network and pedestrian connections
- Provision for a future tunnel connection to St Leonards Train Station
- Innovative sustainability measures
According to PTW, Eighty Eight sets a new benchmark in integrated living, working, shopping, office space and transport infrastructure set to be rolled out across Sydney.
“The key challenge we faced in designing the concept for this project was changing St Leonards from a very highway-oriented suburb to a people-centred, pedestrian-friendly hub providing enhanced connectivity and easy access to the train station, as well as a major new retail centre, future civic plaza and green open spaces,” says PTW Executive Director and Practice Leader, Simon Parsons.
According to PTW director Alex Lin, JQZ’s development will spearhead a dramatic revitalisation of the entire St Leonards precinct.
“A new Metro station will open in 2024, part of the Sydney Metro project, creating more frequent services and greater rail connectivity to all corners of the city. The St Leonards of the future is going to be dramatically different, virtually unrecognisable to how it is today which is enormously exciting for Sydney’s lower north shore.”