THE PRINCE'S QUARTER: A SYDNEY FIRST IS COMING TO LIFE
6 October 2020
Sustainability and consultation are at the centre of all Prince’s Trust Australia building projects and we are delighted to announce that in July 2020, the City of Sydney Council endorsed the Planning Proposal submitted by NSW Government, Land and Housing Corporation for The Prince’s Quarter development project in Glebe, a collaboration with Prince’s Trust Australia.
Australian cities are facing unprecedented levels of population growth and the need to build more housing. At the same time, new sustainable ways of building and living need to be explored for our sakes and for the wellbeing of the planet.
The Prince’s Quarter in Glebe is a deliberate response to the need for more higher and quality social and market housing in Glebe, and is designed in a way that builds upon the historic identity of this beautiful part of Sydney. This building project aims to show how we can do density well, which is a major goal for the City of Sydney in the face of these pressures.
Community and stakeholder consultation has helped guide design development and this will continue throughout the planning approval process. Social housing unit numbers will increase from 19 to 35 and an additional 39 new market homes will be built, creating a healthy mixed-use community for this part of Glebe. Our goal at The Prince’s Trust Australia is to share with the site’s owner - the NSW Land and Housing Corporation - the expertise that has been built up over decades of work by The Prince’s Foundation and The Duchy of Cornwall projects in the UK at Poundbury and Nansledan.
This is a truly exciting time for Prince’s Trust Australia as our Sustainable Communities team works on its first Sydney project and first mid-rise development. The Prince’s Quarter, the work of architects Johnson Pilton Walker, sits on the intersection between the historic terraces of Glebe and the warehouses of Ultimo and the design deliberately reflects and celebrates the unique heritage of the area. The result will be the transformation of a 1,800 square metre site into a showcase sustainable and mixed-income housing project, consisting of 74 dwellings across two eight-storey brick “woolstore” style apartments and five Glebe-inspired terrace houses.
The world over communities flourish when an inclusive mix of housing is built with a respect for local identity, sustainably developed and with nature brought into the heart of new placemaking. The Prince’s Quarter’s crowning glory will be a community urban farming initiative on the roof and we hope the project will be a useful contribution to the conversation we all need to have in Australia about adding density to our cities whilst improving upon communities quality of life and enabling them to flourish as a result.
The new development demonstrates the NSW Governments ‘Local Character and Place Guidelines’ and ‘Better Placed’ design policy in action and will achieve a high standard in sustainability through careful design and material selection as well as additional green space through shared residential rooftop urban gardens. Prince’s Trust Australia will also work closely with NSW Land and Housing Corporation to consider work experience opportunities for young people during construction.
Watch this space….
For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.
About The Prince’s Trust Australia:
The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.
The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.