I OBJECT to the Applicant's development.
Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona have one thing in common. They do
not allow the construction of high-rise buildings in their cities'
historic heart. No one can argue their tourism or name has suffered in
As they have a history, we have a history; as they have a culture, we
have a culture. It is for us to honour these things, to act as
guardians of our world, and to create a new world that draws and
builds on them.
The Applicant has admitted that their site is located within direct
and close proximity to a number of locally and state listed heritage
items in chapter 3.7 of "Concept State Significant Development
Application". These items must be respected and preserved.
This square mile of Sydney CBD holds the historical and cultural
remains of this outstanding and much-loved city.
The Applicant's proposed project does not show an iconic building, but
stock-standard corporate towers like thousands of others.
Now is the moment we decide what sort of city we want to live in; when
we decide whether we want a city which still retains and respects
history and culture, or whether we want to live in a sad and broken
town where the richness of the tapestry of the history of our city is
The following heritage sites are immediately situated next door,
across the road from and behind the Applicant's proposed development.
To increase overshadowing on these significant sites of interest would
be a crime by the government.
1. FORMER "SYDNEY WATER" BUILDING (339-341 PITT ST) INCLUDING
INTERIORS & LIGHTWELL AT 115-119 BATHURST STREET, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
This Former Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board Head Office
Building was built in 1939 and has state significance. The primary
significance of the site/building:
-Lies in its 116-year association with Sydney Water (and its
predecessors). As `Head Office' it has high significance in the
hierarchy of sites associated with Sydney Water.
-As a fine example of a late 1930s Art Deco Style commercial building.
The quality of finishes externally and internally is exceptional.
Examples of these finishes survive throughout the building.
-For its association with the architectural practice of H.E. Budden &
Mackey, who also designed Railway House and Transport House.
-For the former Ratings Chamber, now heavily modified, but still a
significant public chamber of the era.
2. EDINBURGH CASTLE HOTEL INCLUDING INTERIOR AT 294-294B Pitt Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000 (LOCAL SIGNFICANCE)
The Edinburgh Castle Hotel, a three storey hotel of Inter War Georgian
Style, is located on a prominent corner site. The building is socially
significant as it has remained a hotel of the same name on the same
site since the 1885's and prior to that on the diagonally opposite
corner. The building has historic significance for its embodiment of a
lengthy tradition of hotel trading on this site and for the continuity
of the hotel name from the 1860s.
It is an important building in the professional work of the noted
architectural partnership of Rudder and Grout. The building has
aesthetic significance as rare and outstanding example of a highly
intact original hotel exterior and interior of high quality design
with outstanding potential, due to its degree of integrity, to
continue in its original state. The building is significant for its
contribution as a landmark building to the corner of Pitt and Bathurst
3. CITY OF SYDNEY FIRE STATION - BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS AT 211-217
CASTLEREAGH STREET, SYDNEY (LOCAL SIGNFICANCE)
This marvellous building was built in 1887 and has historical state
significance. It is a fine working example of a fire station in the
Victorian Free Classical style dating from the late 1880s and displays
an evolutionary process of the fire station design into the early
years of the twentieth century. The building is a rare example of
Victorian Industrial building incorporating innovative international
planning techniques and technology in fire station design from the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
4. ANZAC MEMORIAL, War Memorial Hyde Park, Hyde Park Memorial
The ANZAC Memorial, completed in 1934, is of historical significance
to the State for its embodiment of the collective grief of the people
of NSW at the loss of Australian servicemen and women since World War
I. It is associated with the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli
on 25 April 1915, since fundraising for the memorial was established
on the first anniversary of the landing. It is also associated with
returned servicemen and their organisations including the RSL, which
lobbied for the erection of the monument and occupied offices within
it. The ANZAC Memorial is of State aesthetic significance as a great
work of public art which is arguably the finest expression of Art Deco
monumentality in Australia.
5. FORMER `SPEEDWELL HOUSE' INCLUDING INTERIORS AT 284-292 Pitt
The former 'Speedwell House' was built in 1907 and has historical
significance as the home for over 50 years of Bennett and Wood, a
well-known Sydney supplier of motor cycles and parts which is still in
business today. It has aesthetic significance as a good and restrained
example of the Federation warehouse style, largely intact externally,
which achieves prominence because of its corner location, and exhibits
the typical curved corner with timber windows curved in plan.
6. Former `YMCA' building including interiors AT 323-331 Pitt Street,
The building at 323-327 Pitt Street was constructed in 1907 . It has
historic significance as the home of the YMCA movement in Sydney for
nearly 100 years, and for associations with a number of prominent
people, including founder Sir James Fairfax and architect Charles
Slatyer. It is aesthetically significant as a fine and elaborately
ornamented example of the Federation Free Style, and retains many fine
decorative elements of this period including moulded plaster, carved
stonework and coloured leadlight glass. The building has social
significance as a physical reminder of the activities and important
influence of the Young Men's Christian Association in Sydney, and an
exemplar of the typical development pattern of the time with retail
uses at street level.
7. Hyde Park, Sydney
Hyde Park has State significance as public land (the Australian
colony's first common) that has influenced the development of Sydney's
layout from as early as 1789, occupying approximately the same site
since that time. Proclaimed by Governor Macquarie, it is Australia's
oldest designated public parkland (1810), and has been continuously
used from 1788 for public open space, recreation, remembrance,
celebration and leisure. Hyde Park has contributed to the cultural
development of the city as a recreational space encapsulating the
principles of a Victorian parkland through the use of a hierarchy of
pathways and the strategic siting of monuments, statues and built
items. It is of State significance as a demonstration of the
international spread of the English public parks movement originating
in the mid-19th century.
For the above cultural and historical factors, I opposed this