North Rocks Road
Fender Katsalidis has been commissioned to design a new community in Sydney’s northwest for client EG Funds. The development has been proposed for the former grounds of the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children at 361-365 North Rocks Road.
The masterplan, for which the development application has been submitted, consists of a diverse framework of residential building typologies with commercial space connected to a community hub and village square.
The existing underutilised buildings occupying the site are surrounded by undulating topography and mature trees which have the capability to contribute significantly to the future character of the village concept.
From apartments and townhouses to detached dwellings and seniors living, the diversity of housing will allow the community of North Rocks to grow in place, with housing options to suit different stages of life for residents. Buildings also vary in height, architectural expression and materiality to create a diverse, well designed and balanced neighbourhood.
Of the site’s 13 hectares, 40 per cent is dedicated to green space. Within the integrated landscape setting, a significant portion of it will include places for recreation, interaction and relaxation. The community will be centred around a publicly accessible village square with aspect over a new sports field.
The masterplan recognises the local centre location, transport links and the opportunity to promote active connections through and beyond the site.