A social and historically significant redevelopment of five heritage buildings in Sydney’s Potts Point. The $65 million development will see the existing Radnor and Empire buildings demolished and replaced, while the Lowestoft, Bourbon, and Commodore buildings will be partially demolished and restored.

Once complete, the block will accommodate two pubs, a hotel, medical centre, retail tenancies and 54 apartments. A new four-level basement will be built for services, storage, car parking and a commercial tenancy.

Careful consideration and planning to conserve heritage façades and its features have included the adaptive re-use of an existing eight-story high section of the Commodore’s structure and the reconstruction of missing elements in the retained façade. Our design has incorporated the shell of the heritage façades to form part of the retention structural system. This has allowed for a lean retention system that is contained wholly within the building, eliminating the impact on pedestrian pathways and reducing construction cost. The new buildings will feature highly detailed masonry, complementing the surrounding heritage 19th and 20th century buildings.

The project also involves the partial demolition of the existing structures and the excavation and construction of new basement levels while maintaining the operation of an existing live transformer servicing neighbouring buildings on site. As relocating the transformer was not an option, we have used a cantilevered construction methodology which will allow the team to deliver the project without interrupting the service.