Dairy Farmer’s Corner / Credit

Multi-Residential + Commercial

The famous Dairy Farmers landmark in Newcastle West is set to be transformed into a mixed used development that pays tribute to its history.

CKDS Architecture is excited to be working with Thirdi Group to design a mixed-use development on Dairy Farmer’s Corner consisting of 180-200 units, ground floor retail and shared workspace.

Positioned at the western end of Newcastle, this unique development will feature a range of communal spaces and functions not normally seen in this locality including a swimming pool, meeting rooms and extensive recreational landscaping and urban parklands.

As the former home of the Dairy Farmer’s Co-operative Milk Company, the site was previously used for receiving, bottling and distributing milk from 1939 until 1991 and included an administration building with an enormous milk bottle made from glass blocks on the façade facing Hunter Street which became a defining feature of the site. 

Design inspiration for the rhombus shaped site has come from its previous life as a milk co-op and the exterior of the administration offices has been incorporated into early design development. Despite the demolition of many of the original late 1930’s buildings, this unique feature still stands today and as a way of respecting the former complex of buildings and remaining heritage item, the stepped towers will create a transition in scale and density and embrace the remaining ‘relic’ as an integrated element.

According to CKDS Architecture Senior Associate, Joel Chamberlain, the design concept is underpinned by the creation of a quality public domain that draws inspiration from the heritage of the site and evolving skyline of Newcastle’s urban renewal. 

“Dairy Farmers Corner is an iconic landmark that holds an important social significance within the Novocastrian psyche. Our proposal aims to reconnect the public with heritage through a highly pedestrianised ground plane and the incorporation of interpretive public art and landscape,” he said. 

Dairy Farmer’s Corner / Credit

The proposed development is designed as a package of three towers of varying height and scale which sit comfortably within the context of the site. It will include a new pedestrian laneway that will be framed by an elevated transparent glass box containing the dynamic shared workspace which provides a welcoming refuge from the busy street corner,” Joel said.