THE covers have come off another $60million residential apartment development planned for Newcastle’s west end.
Just a week after confirmation that the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle would be removed, plans for the twin-tower, 11-storey ‘‘WestEnd Apartments’’ have been lodged with Newcastle council.
Earmarked for Charles Street at Wickham, across the road from the planned Wickham interchange, WestEnd will house 122 apartments above four commercial suites at ground level.
It’s been proposed by Hunter construction company BaseBuild in collaboration with Thirdi Group – the same partnership behind the recently-completed Tattersalls on Watt development and the Huxley Apartments at Wickham where work has started.
Thirdi director Luke Berry said the new development was further evidence of the private investment flowing into Newcastle on the back of the state government’s city revitalisation project.
“It is our opinion that Newcastle is one of the best areas in Australia to either live or invest in and we are committed to delivering the highest quality properties possible to this beautiful city,’’ Mr Berry said.
“We develop residential projects all over Australia and it would be rare to find another city where all levels of government and the private sector are successfully working together to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in new infrastructure.
‘‘Newcastle’s future is a bright one and we are thrilled to be part of the team investing in and creating it.”
He said the design, construction and much of the fitout would be undertaken by Newcastle and Hunter-based companies, with BaseBuild’s Scott Shafren saying WestEnd would feature ‘‘high-level finishes’’.
The planned towers sit on a three-level podium.
The seven to eight levels above will sit among gardens on the podium’s roof.
The development application was lodged with the council on Wednesday and will now go through the normal assessment stages, but it has received in-principle support from the council’s urban design consultative group. The plans are expected to go on public exhibition before the end of the year.
Only three months ago, plans for the $9.3million Interchange apartments were unveiled for a site around the corner in Bishopsgate Street.
The Interchange is located behind another planned eight-storey residential development, which fronts Stewart Avenue.