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Inner-city living in heritage site

Parque Newcastle East, located on the corner of Bolton and Church streets on the former site of the region’s first school and most recently the Justice offices, is the result of months of work by local family owned DJB Developments in partnership with renowned local architect Kevin Snell.
The project:
• features 27 newly constructed apartments (22 x 2 bedroom + 5 x 3 bedrooms) all with front and rear outdoor balcony areas
• is designed to match current heights of adjoining building landscapes and includes sensitive heritage redevelopment of the existing building
• allocates public space in the existing building for uses such as an art gallery, exhibition space or similar
• includes extensive gardens and outdoor areas
• incorporates 56 car spaces and is estimated to cost $13 million, with about 145 people involved including builders, architects, engineers and many other sub consultants
• takes the name Parque, which is Spanish for playground.
Once approved, construction is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2016 with a 12-month building schedule. Architect Kevin Snell says the site provides the perfect balance of location and lifestyle for people wanting to downsize their home and upsize their lifestyle.
“The location of Parque is second to none and is complemented by architecture and designed spaces that are a sophisticated mix of heritage and style,” Mr Snell said.
“We have tried to picture the people who will live here and then design a place for them. Parque is modern and reserved.
We have sharpened the detail to create a fearless building that reminds us of how we sit into the landscape, the culture and the heritage of inner-city Newcastle. Parque Newcastle East is pioneering a new inner-city living experience.”
DJB Developments’ Directors, sister and brother team Bernadette Connolly and Daniel Connolly, grew up in Newcastle and were keen to create something that pays homage to the site and suits the aspirations of inner-city dwellers.
“The imminent departure of the law courts to Civic has created much speculation about how the old courthouse precinct would be used,” says Bernadette Connolly.
“The site’s proximity to the CBD, the beaches and the Newcastle Foreshore make it a perfect location for luxury living.”