Aero unveils plans for Hunter St apartments

An artist’s impression of the Aero apartments planned for 766-770 Hunter Street, Newcastle West. Artwork: GWH Build
An artist’s impression of the Aero apartments planned for 766-770 Hunter Street, Newcastle West. Artwork: GWH Build

PLANS for a new residential apartment building in Newcastle West have been unveiled, with its backers saying it will set new architectural standards in the city.

A development application for the 15-storey Aero apartments has been lodged with Newcastle council.

Proposed for 766-770 Hunter Street, Aero has been designed by prominent architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, which designed the MONA museum and pavilions in Hobart and the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. It also designed the Nishi building in Canberra’s NewActon precinct, which recently won an international building of the year award.

The $13 million Hunter Street development is proposed by GWH Build, which is part-owned by prominent Hunter developer Hilton Grugeon and is responsible for dozens of industrial, retail and residential projects throughout the region including shopping centres at Rutherford and Tanilba Bay, and the Mercure Hotel at Newcastle Airport.

The proposed 15 storeys come in under the site’s 45-metre height limit. It will comprise 62 apartments, with two commercial suites at ground level. Under the proposal lodged with the council, a thinner 11-storey tower will stand on a four-storey podium surrounded by gardens.

GWH construction manager Oliver Coakes said the sculptural design also includes ‘‘sustainable facade plantings’’. The aim, he said, was to create an ‘‘impressive’’ residential building that  ‘‘brings new standards’’ to the city’s west end.

‘‘It’s a significant revitalisation project that will bring world class architectural design to Newcastle,’’ GWH director Jonathan Craig added. ‘‘It creates opportunities to live and work in the city ... and will contribute considerably to the gentrification of Newcastle’s west end precinct.’’

Aero is the latest in a long line of proposed residential developments in the city, with buyers continuing to drive demand for inner city apartments.

Plans for Aero are on public exhibition at Newcastle council and the city’s libraries.

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