The Herald is a mixed-use development that encapsulates the spirit of Newcastle’s proud heritage and bright future. Establishing an inner-urban multi-residential typology has revitalised part of the city’s east end and has created an alternative to the suburban paradigm. The project offers a new wave of empty nesters and investors the ability to remain connected to the community through its boutique apartments and commercial space.
EG Funds Management
Awabakal and Worimi people
Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Awards, Winner - Excellence in NSW Regions Development, 2020
Built on a site once occupied by a printworks from which it gets its name, the Herald celebrates the restoration of a local landmark as new residential and commercial tenancies. Making way for the residential component of the building is a podium sculpted from steel that harkens back to the port town’s shipping, mining and steel fabrication heritage. The language of material builds further narrative around the historical connection to industry through the upper portion’s folded steel plates, lower portion’s sharp protruding balconies and the exposed stonework at its base.
Situated among an eclectic set of commercial, institutional and civic buildings, and spanning 150 years of architecture, the heritage façade has been carefully preserved whilst creating an entirely distinct identity. The Herald’s inviting entrance and striking, open lobby illuminate the corner positioning of the building and reflects the city’s optimistic coastal mood.
Departing from the solid industrial foundation, the plan draws inspiration from its harbour setting, with the glazed tower form resembling subtle ripples and waves in the sparkling water which it overlooks. A number of communal garden spaces outline the building, with one of the most important making up the communal rooftop terrace with panoramic views spanning the city and harbour.
Efficiency of planning, along with thoughtful use of materials and space achieves maximum amenity for residents. High ceilings in the heritage-listed building prove well-suited to function as multiple levels of boutique commercial space.