FAQs

Q1. WHAT IS THE NEW SURRY HILLS VILLAGE?

TOGA’s vision is to revitalise the Surry Hills Shopping Village to provide residents, business owners, workers and visitors of Redfern and Surry Hills with a vibrant neighbourhood hub.

In collaboration with the City of Sydney, TOGA has considered the local character of Redfern and Surry Hills and intends to create a convenient and connected urban place with a collective of engaging and diverse spaces that reflect the neighbourhood’s streets and laneways.

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE

  • A new public parklet, to be dedicated to Council
  • A vibrant retail and dining precinct, activating key street frontages
  • A public realm designed for patrons, workers, visitors, residents and the community to share
  • A widened footpath enhancing Marriott Street
  • A laneway providing pedestrian and cycling connectivity from Marriott Street through to Baptist Street
  • A market-style retail laneway that connects the existing laneway networks providing a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly alternative to Cleveland street
  • Collaboration with local artists and community spokespeople throughout planning and design
  • The protection of the heritage building on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Streets.

Q2. WHEN IS IT PROPOSED TO BE BUILT?

Construction works are expected to by early 2021 and the  new village is expected to open in 2023.

The Surry Hills Shopping Village will be temporarily closed during the construction period. To assist local shoppers during this time, TOGA will provide a community shuttle bus that will run every two hours to and from the existing centre location to the Coles Supermarket at Crystal Street Waterloo.

The bus will run every two hours between:

  • 9am to 5pm on weekdays
  • 10am to 3pm on weekends

Expected passenger pick-up locations:

  • 40-50 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills 
  • 55 Morehead Street, Redfern

More detail will be distributed closer to the date.

Once construction is complete, local shoppers will be able to enjoy shopping in a community precinct that will include a full line Coles supermarket, fresh food market and dining precinct.

Q3. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EXISTING SHOPPING VILLAGE?

The existing shopping centre will be temporarily closed down during the construction period. The Surry Hills Shopping Village will be rejuvenated into a vibrant community precinct that includes retail, food and beverage offerings as well as public parks and walk ways.

To assist local shoppers during this time, TOGA will provide a community shuttle bus that will run every two hours to and from the existing centre location to the Coles Supermarket at Crystal Street Waterloo.

The bus will run every two hours between:

  • 9am to 5pm on weekdays
  • 10am to 3pm on weekends

Expected passenger pick-up locations:

  • 40-50 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills 
  • 55 Morehead Street, Redfern

More detail will be distributed closer to the date.

Once construction is complete, local shoppers will be able to enjoy shopping in a community precinct that will include a full line Coles supermarket, fresh food market and dining precinct.

Q4. HOW WILL I FIND ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN CONSTRUCTION STARTS

As we move into the construction phase, information and updates will continue to be available on this website to keep the local community informed and provide the opportunity to contact the project team with any questions or share feedback.

Ahead of the start of any work on site, expected by early 2021, we will provide information about what to expect during construction, both on this website and by a community newsletter. 

We will also be working with our immediate neighbours to mitigate potential construction impacts before and throughout work on site.

A Constructions Communications Plan will be prepared and implemented.

Q5. HOW MANY LEVELS ARE PROPOSED AND WILL IT AFFECT LOCAL AREA’S AESTHETIC?

The Surry Hills Shopping Village Planning Proposal will reach a maximum of seven storeys as prescribed and endorsed by the City of Sydney.

The height changes have been well considered throughout the planning process and include design considerations such as building setbacks to minimise the impact on the surrounding area.

Notably, building heights in sensitive areas have been reduced or deleted completely to ensure that any impact to neighbouring terrace houses is minimised.

Q6. WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE HERITAGE BUILDING?

The former Bank of New South Wales heritage building is located on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Streets. TOGA acknowledges the importance of this building and is committed to retaining it for the benefit of the community.

Additionally, the existing character of Marriott and Cooper Streets has been considered in the development application with two-storey terraces incorporated into the design at street-level.

Q7. WHICH RETAILERS WILL OPERATE IN THE RETAIL PRECINCT?

Coles Supermarket will be the anchor tenant for the retail precinct of the development, along with Vintage Cellars.

Throughout the construction period, TOGA will be carefully selecting retailers, providores and food and beverage operators to provide amenity to local residents and business owners.

Q8.  IS THERE ANY COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE?

A diversity of residents, visitors and workers is integral to the long-term success of any neighbourhood. To ensure that the Surry Hills Shopping Village and the surrounding streets are active at all times of day, it is proposed that an office building will be incorporated on the Cleveland Street frontage.

The benefits of commercial office building include:

  • local employment opportunities for residents
  • office workers shopping nearby and supporting local businesses
  • greater diversity throughout the day supporting place making, activation and safety.

Q9. THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT MAY CAUSE INCREASED TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION, WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THIS IN THE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

Extensive traffic modelling has been undertaken to ensure that impact on traffic and congestion in the surrounding area is minimised.

All parking will be relocated below ground to increase the amenity of the surrounding streets. The current design provides additional off-street parking for residents, visitors, and the community.

All deliveries will be relocated from the current location on Marriott Street to Baptist Street. This provides better connections to arterial roads reducing overall traffic impacts to local streets. The loading docks are located below ground reducing the noise currently experienced by residents adjacent to the at-grade loading docks on Marriott Street.

Left turn from Cleveland Street into Baptist Street for trucks has been approved.

Additionally, TOGA encourages alternate modes of transports for residents and the community such as car share bays and bike storage within the site. This is complemented by the new Light Rail station located on Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.

Q10. WILL THERE BE A SHAREWAY WITHIN THE PRECINCT?

The development includes a new pedestrian and cycle shareway which will connect Baptist Street and Cooper Street. In order to maintain the local environment, the link will be limited to pedestrian and bicycle movement and allow for part vehicle access.

Q11. WILL THE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT HAVE PARKING?

The new residents will have basement parking within the building to eliminate the need for on-street parking and congestion. The basement residential parking will include visitor car spaces.

Q12. WILL THERE BE CUSTOMER AND RETAIL PARKING?

There will be sufficient basement parking for customers of the retail precinct.

Q13. WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THE PROPOSED PUBLIC PARK?

TOGA has committed to dedicating a public park to Council for the use of the community to share and enjoy.

Q14. IS THE DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABLE?

TOGA has committed to the achievement of a minimum 4 Star Green Star Coles supermarket and energy and water BASIX scores that are at least 5 points above targeted for the site.

These commitments have documented as part of the Planning Agreement with the Council.

Q15. IS THERE ANY PUBLIC ART?

Toga has commissioned Urban Art Projects (UAP) to deliver public art onsite in line with the City of Sydney’s Public Art Strategy. UAP will prepare a curatorial vision and identify opportunities for public art in the architectural scheme.

Further detail can be found in the City of Sydney Public Art Strategy Policy.

Q16. HOW WILL THE DEVELOPMENT BENEFIT AND ENGAGE WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?

TOGA’s consideration for the local community has been at the forefront of the Surry Hills Shopping Village development application.

Key considerations of the proposal include:

  • A new public parklet, to be dedicated to Council
  • A vibrant retail and dining precinct, activating key street frontages
  • Local employment opportunities
  • A public realm designed for patrons, workers, visitors, and residents to share
  • A widened footpath enhancing Marriott Street
  • A laneway providing pedestrian and cycling connectivity from Marriott St through to Baptist St
  • The protection of the heritage building on the corner of Cleveland and Baptist Street
  • A pedestrian-only, market-style retail laneway that connects the existing laneway networks providing a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly alternative to Cleveland street
  • Collaboration with artists and community spokespeople throughout planning and design.

Q17. WILL THE PROPOSED MODIFICATION CAUSE INCREASED TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION, WHAT CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THIS IN THE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION?

Extensive traffic modelling has been undertaken to ensure that impact on traffic and congestion in the surrounding area is minimised.

All parking will be relocated below ground to increase the amenity of the surrounding streets. There is no increase in parking from the already approved scheme for the hotel. The current design provides off-street parking for residents, visitors, and the community.

All deliveries, guest entry and exit to the hotel (except fire exits) will be on Baptist Street. This provides better connections to arterial roads reducing overall traffic impacts to local streets. The loading docks are located within the building envelope at on-grade loading docks on Baptist Street. Left turn from Cleveland Street into Baptist Street for trucks has been approved.

Additionally, TOGA encourages alternate modes of transport for residents and the community such as car share bays and bike storage within the site. This is complemented by the new Light Rail station located on Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.

Q18. WILL THE BOUTIQUE HOTEL HAVE PARKING AND HOW WOULD THIS IMPACT ON THE AVAILABLE RETAIL PARKING?

The boutique hotel will have car parking requirements mandated by City of Sydney and is subject to Development Approval. However, TOGA is not seeking an increase in car parking for the hotel from the prior approval residential scheme, and it proposing approximately 20 car spaces. It is anticipated however that many hotel visitors will arrive via taxi, car share or public transport. The proposal still has approximately 170 public car parking in addition to the hotel parking available for visitors, shoppers and the community. Car share cars will able in the precinct.

Q19. HOW WILL THIS IMPACT THE MARRIOTT STREET STREETSCAPE?

The approval design has single level terraces houses to Marriott Street, which will remain unchanged with the proposed hotel design to ensure the proposal is in keeping with the existing character and context of the street and suburb.

Q20. HOW CAN I HAVE A SAY ON THE PROPOSAL?

The Modification Development Application has been lodged with City of Sydney Council and is on public exhibition for comment to Monday 7 September 2020. You can view the Development Application including detailed plans and assessments, and make formal submissions at cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Q21. HOW WILL I FIND ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN CONSTRUCTION STARTS?

As we move into the construction phase, information and updates will continue to be available on this website to keep the local community informed and provide the opportunity to contact the project team with any questions or share feedback. Ahead of the start of any work on site, expected by early 2021, we will provide information about what to expect during construction, both on this website and by a community newsletter. We will also be working with our immediate neighbours to mitigate potential construction impacts before and throughout work on site. A Constructions Communications Plan will be prepared and implemented.

Q22. HOW WILL CONSTRUCTION INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC BE MANAGED?

A Construction Management Plan and Construction Traffic Management Plan will be prepared in accordance with the Development Application conditions of consent determined by City of Sydney Council. The plans consider potential local impacts including dust, noise and vibration and traffic flow, as well as processes related to removal of any toxic materials during demolition. Left turn from Cleveland Street into Baptist Street for construction vehicles has been approved.

Q23. WHEN WILL THE COMMUNITY LIAISON COMMITTEE BE SET UP?

We will be contacting community members and business operators ahead of the start of on-site work to invite them to participate in the CLC.