Leading architects design first major mall redevelopment


Newcastle based award winning architectural practice CKDS Architecture will be instrumental in shaping the first major redevelopment project of Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall.

Newcastle City Council last night voted unanimously in favour of a two storey addition to the historic premises located at 176 Hunter Street. Constructed in 1907 the building, known as The Centre, was originally used as a piano warehouse.

The project marks the first milestone for developer Iris Capital’s, East End mixed-used site that stretches four city blocks from Newcomen Street to Perkins street, including the historic former David Jones building.

CKDS Architecture’s director, Stuart Campbell, said the project is significant as the building was designed by Frederick Menkins, one of the most prominent and prolific architects responsible for some of Newcastle’s most important structures.

“We’ve made sure the proposed works respond to the historic proportions and features of the existing building to improve the streetscape character of the mall,” Mr Campbell said.

“It is a fully integrated mixed-use design that includes retail, café bar, commercial suites and two high-end residential units.”

Under Senior Associate Joel Chamberlain’s guidance, CKDS worked closely with Iris Capital to prepare a thorough and considered development application that ensures the ongoing viability and conservation of the heritage building.

Since it was established in 2007, CKDS Architecture has worked on major developments including the award winning Gateway Parry Development project, Eclipse Apartments and Verve Residences.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the renewal of Newcastle and we’re looking forward to being part of this important development,” Mr Campbell said.

CKDS Architecture is a leading architectural practice specialising in innovative and sustainable design to create places of excellence in modern urban environments. Based in Newcastle and the Central Coast, the practice has worked on some of the region’s most diverse commercial, residential and industrial designs in collaboration with developers, other architects and builders.