Sydney’s well-known and popular pub and entertainment venue, Jacksons on George, has closed its doors in readiness for a major transformation as part of Lendlease’s Circular Quay Tower development.

According to Kimberley Jackson, Leandlease project director for the Circular Quay Tower project, local firm Stewart Hollenstein has come up with a design that she says, ‘celebrates the unique location and social quality of the site.’

“Stewart Hollenstein has delivered in full, responding to a brief that called for a public and inviting building with active edges, open frontages, flexibility and a roof terrace.”

“The scheme speaks to the intimacy of the new George Street Public Plaza and laneway network at the ground level while integrating with the impressive Circular Quay Tower office building designed by Foster + Partners,” says Jackson.

Jackson also noted that Stewart Hollenstein was selected from a field of emerging local architects to remodel the much-loved Sydney institution following a design competition run by the City of Sydney.

Felicity Stewart, director of Stewart Hollenstein, says the proposed design is distinct, architecturally refined and memorable.

“Jacksons on George will have a redefined relationship with the public realm as it opens up to the new George Street Public Plaza. From every level, there will be a strong connection between the interior of the building and the city”

“The design includes a new façade which wraps the building in a porous veil of ceramic tiles. The building material is inspired by the classic Australian pub tile and the shimmer of the water on Sydney Harbour, while the curved form is influenced by the history of the site as a former boat yard,” says Stewart.

The proposed Lendlease Circular Quay development comprises a 55-storey grade office tower, with a mixed-use podium, retail-lined laneways and the new hospitality offering at Jacksons on George.

Work on the Jacksons on George building is expected to commence in the coming month.