BVN stacked tower design chosen for City Tatts Club

The BVN proposal shows a building with three parts – the historic lower levels, which will contain a refurbished club, a hotel and apartments.

ICD Property has picked a BVN design for its c$270m redevelopment of the 125 year old City Tattersalls Club.

A six party panel was unanimous, the owner added.

The proposal would see existing buildings refurbished, including with new club facilities and retail.

A 49 level skyscraper will rise into the airspace; the lower eight floors, part of a c-100 suite hotel, to be constructed in a different material to the rest.

The upper storeys will contain 246 apartments.

ICD, a China-backed builder based in Australia at Melbourne, will deliver the redevelopment with Singapore’s First Sponsor Group Limited, in collaboration with club.

Bates Smart, Candelapas Associates, DP Architects, Hassell and SJB also submitted design proposals.

Tower above floating hotel podium: the BVN design

BVN principal architects, Matthew Blair and Phillip Rossington, said their design “focused on making great places to live and stay whilst adding to the architectural richness” of the club and Sydney (story continues below).

ICD Property won approval to build into the the airspace last November.

“Our scheme seeks to create an elegant and sophisticated tower that greatly enhances the Club’s presence and identity…linking street to sky to Harbour Place”.

The firm will now work with FJMT, the nominated architect underseeing the refurbishment of the heritage components.

The design director of that company, Richard Francis-Jones, said “BVN’s insightful concept for a tower characterised by lightness, floating above a more solid hotel podium will form a gentle back drop and transition with the landmark heritage buildings of Pitt Street”.

First ICD/BVN project

“We are really pleased to be working with BVN on our first project together and look forward to working…to deliver a world-class tower to the heart of Sydney’s CBD,” ICD Property’s managing director Matthew Khoo said on behalf of the development group.

“We understand the significance of this project to the wider Sydney community and in particular to the 19,000 members of the Club,” he added.

First Sponsor chief executive Neo Teck Pheng said the buildings at 194-204 Pitt Street have “been part of the city for over 125-years to date and we want to safeguard its future for a further 125 years by upgrading its existing structure to provide even more benefit to the Club’s members and the overall neighbouring community”.

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