Expressions of interest called for redevelopment of the former Newcastle Post Office
The Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council has called for expressions of interest for a joint venture partner for the redevelopment of the former Newcastle Post Office.
The grand building, which operated as a Post Office from 1903 to 2001, was transferred to the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council in 2014 after a successful land claim.
It is in such a state of disrepair, however, that it would face a multi-million dollar restoration bill to be able to be used again.
Two design concepts were unveiled at the Property Council’s June Newcastle luncheon. One is for an Indigenous Art Hotel and the other for an Indigenous Medical Institute. Both designs make striking architectural statements, adding up to ten floors to the existing building.
The panel concluded that extra height on the site and the income it generated was the only way to pay for repairs and ongoing maintenance of the heritage façade. Based on an estimated total capital cost of $30 million, both concepts satisfy a basic commercial feasibility study.
The event heard that where heritage conservation is concerned, local political leaders have ultimate discretion and are not constrained by things like building heights or car parking requirements. They were urged to support creative solutions which repurpose the iconic building – reinforcing the existing integrity and fabric of the historic East End.
NSW Regional Director, Andrew Fletcher, said “Either our civic leaders have the conviction to deliver salvation or they must accept responsibility for our cultural heritage being lost forever.”
Redevelopment expressions of interest information packs can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.