Residential apartment developer Third.i has submitted a DA to City of Newcastle to transform the iconic Dairy Farmers Corner site while paying tribute to its history.
The proposed Dairy Farmers Towers project will boast 184 apartments spaced in two towers – one 30 storeys (99m) and the other 27 storeys (90m).
A separate five-storey building will house 1,500 sq m of commercial and retail space.
The 30-storey tower will be Newcastle’s equal tallest residential building.
Director Luke Berry said the apartments would range from one to four bedrooms to increase the diversity of housing options for local people.
“The project will offer residents a spectacular view across the city and beaches,” he explained.
“To create a true sense of community for locals, we’ve focussed on incorporating communal and green spaces and facilities such as a gym, a cabana pool area with lap pool, wine bar and cellar, and function rooms.
“In what we believe is a first for the city, we want to use some of the commercial space as a residents’ shared work hub, so they can work from home without being in their apartment.”
The site, on the corner of Tudor and Hunter streets in Newcastle West, was once home to Dairy Farmers – one of Australia’s largest dairy producers.
In a nod to the history of the site, Third.i will re-imagine the heritage-listed, iconic glass milk bottle and clock towers as part of a pedestrianised, broader public art installation.
“Locals affectionately know the site as Dairy Farmers Corner,” Mr Berry said.
“And, that history will live on.”
Dairy Farmers Towers is the fourth West End apartment project for the Sydney-based developer.
It has already completed the West, Eaton on Union, and Stella on Hannell apartments in Wickham, creating 381 inner city homes for people.
Third.i’s retirement living division, ThirdAge, is also partnering with Merewether Golf Club on the recently-approved luxury resort retirement living project, The Merewether.
Mr Berry said Newcastle was an exciting market to work in with great potential.
“We feel like the West End is our second home and we are excited to be part of its revitalisation,” he stated.
“A landmark will be reborn to create a new chapter in the West End’s growth as a great place in which to live, work and play.
“We want Dairy Farmers Towers to be a West End icon.”
The project has been designed by leading local architectural firm CKDS.