Newcastle Herald Article – 13.10.18
Newcastle’s historic Lyrique Theatre will be cast in yet another leading role when the vision for East End Stage II is realised.
The theatre has played many roles throughout Newcastle’s history, including a billiard hall and a cinema, but it is destined to become an impressive landmark apartment building in the East End.
As part of the Stage ll development, Lyrique and Soul (the former Soul Pattinson building), will form the fabric of the East End streetscape.
The buildings are the drawcards of the Stage II development and will feature luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences, all with parking and most with spectacular views. There will be a total of 129 apartments in the development.
Buildings on this block will be between 3 and 8 storeys in height, with retail and commercial uses on the ground level and apartments above. There will be a total of 1,510sq/m of retail and commercial space.
Local architecture firm CKDS designed Stage II, and director Stuart Campbell said retaining and celebrating the heritage aspects of the precinct was a key consideration when designing the iconic residences.
“We concentrated on weaving the new built form to pick up on cues from the heritage buildings,” Stuart said.
Stage II is bounded by King, Thorn, Hunter and Wolfe streets, with the King Street section featuring a row of terraces that will retain their heritage facades but will boast a grand, modern interior design. A highlight of Stage II will be a mid-block pedestrian connection between Wolfe and Thorn streets.
Models of Stage II can be seen at the East End Display Suite, with apartments now selling through PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.