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Developer resubmits plans for front towerOUS News

The state planning authority will once again consider approving the eight-story apartment building on The Parade after a developer redesigned it over concerns about its “mass and volume,” but the local council says it’s still “completely out of scale” with environment.

The State Commission Appraisal Panel (SCAP) will decide next week whether to approve revised plans submitted by developer Australasian Property Developments to build residential, retail and office buildings across from the historic Norwood Hotel on the southwest corner of Parade and Church Avenue.

If approved, the rear of the four shops along The Parade will be demolished, but their front facades and bluestone walls, built in the 1800s and protected by local heritage laws, will be preserved and preserved.

Two Baptist lecture halls on Church Avenue, which are also on the development site, will be restored and converted into stores.

In June, SCAP sent the original development plans back to the drawing board after objections from nearby residents, Norwood Painham and St. Peters Council, and the government architect over the building’s proposed size.

At the time, groups argued that the original design was “over the top” and the building would “loom large” over Norwood as it exceeded the area’s normal six-story height limit.

The revised plans, which will be discussed by SCAP on Wednesday, show the developer has removed five apartments from the original 69-unit building and reconfigured the penthouses.

Rendering of the original eight-story apartment building proposed for The Parade at Norwood. Image: Cheesman Architects/Australasian Property Developments

Australasian Property Developments has unveiled a revised project for an eight-story apartment building at Parade. Image: Cheesman Architects/Australasian Property Developments

In a report to SCAP, state government planning official Carl Wöhle said the developer “attempted to reduce the perceived volume and scale of the development as viewed from The Parade by breaking the front facade into two segments.”

He recommended that SCAP grant conditional planning consent as the revised design “demonstrates a simplified architectural expression and materiality that alludes to the immediate terrain.”

“The revised building design visually breaks the constructed form into two elements, which reduces the perceived visual volume and mass of the building,” he wrote.

But both Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council and Design and Architect Office SA say they still have concerns about the proposed size of the building.

In a submission to SCAP, the council’s general manager for urban planning and the environment, Carlos Buzzetti, wrote that it was “commendable” that the developer revised the plans, but the changes “didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the bulk of the building.” .

He wrote that the design “still looks like one big building, completely out of proportion to any other building in the area.”

“The intended design simplification still leaves a very busy building with some odd interior layout resulting in a complex plan form that doesn’t seem quite solved,” he wrote.

“The Council continues to believe that the mass and volume of the building remain excessive.”

Design and Architect Office SA Senior Design Consultant Aya Shirai-Dull wrote that the design changes were “effective in providing a visual separation of the building’s mass and volume”, but she said she still had issues.

“I note that the proposed amendment to the built-up form is limited to the northern facade, so my fundamental concerns about the intensity of development and the overall volume of the building remain,” she wrote.

“The amendments do not address my fundamental concerns about the proposed development.”

The developer advertised the proposed building as a “landmark” for the western end of The Parade, arguing that the design changes meant it would be “better in line with its surroundings”.

He argues that it should be allowed to exceed the six-story height limit for the area, as the development site is considered “significant”, meaning it can exceed the normal height limit by 30 percent.

“The proposal has been amended to create a significant niche in the facade facing the Parade,” wrote MasterPlan SA on behalf of Australasian Property Developments.

“The overall architectural expression has been revised to reduce visual complexity and simplify the material palette.

“We are confident that these amendments will create an iconic building on the west side of the ‘central’ parade that looks less elaborate and more in line with its surroundings than the proposal considered by SCAP at its June meeting.”

A heritage impact report prepared for the developer earlier this year said stores and Baptist lecture halls were “severely compromised” by multiple renovations.

It stated that the proposed development “will not remove the historical fabric that contributes significantly to their individual heritage value.”

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