Third.i and Toohey Miller have announced they have received approval for their ‘Warada on Walker’ development in Northern Sydney.
The $650 million commercial project, designed by Woods Bagot, will include 22 levels of premium office and coworking spaces. Each floor slab covers at least 1,150 square meters and is already attracting a lot of interest from Australian companies looking to return to the office.
The design for the complex was created during the wildfires of 2019 and is reminiscent of the waratah flower. The building is optimized for post-pandemic work as it was refined during the 2020 and 2021 covid lockdowns.
Luke Berry, co-founder and director of Third.i, says the developer is delighted to have received approval after working closely with the North Sydney Council and its Design Excellence Panel.
“We are delighted to receive our development approval for Warada on Walker, a project that represents a kind of renaissance for North Sydney’s commercial sector and with the support of the Council, we see this building playing an important role in the return of North -Sydney to the national stage as a true CBD of Australia,” he says.
Toohey Miller Founder and Director Nick Couloumbas echoes Berry’s sentiments.
“Our brief at Woods Bagot was to create a building that maximized the generous floor slabs of the buildings, create as many open-air collaborative spaces as possible, and design it within a façade that would inspire employees to return to the office and it’s fair to say that Woods Bagot and his team certainly delivered on that,” he says.
“Sharing our proposed project design with the council and industry partners has been a really enjoyable experience and we can’t wait to bring the WOW factor back to the North Sydney skyline.”
The tower will contain 73 parking spaces, 156 bicycle spaces and space for 12 retail entities. A space in the basement and a co-working space with a full-sized amphitheater are also included in the design. The rooftop features a 1,000-square-foot garden with unobstructed views of the CBD. Warada on Walker is being built to 6-star Green Star standards and hopes to achieve an environmental rating of 5.5.
A link through the Walker St site to Little Walker St will celebrate the building’s theater with creative landscaping and increasing public domain amenities. It will create a new high-quality public space for North Sydney and a clear address for Warada on Walker and tenants.
“Sydney has not had a project like this in quite some time and will easily be one of our legacy projects that we will remember as we work our way out of the pandemic world,” concluded Mr Berry.
JLL has been appointed as leasing representatives for the project. Construction and demolition work is expected to begin at the end of 2022 and the project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2025. Later this year, the offer of half and full floor levels for rent will appear on the commercial market.