128 JOHN STREET, SINGLETON, NSW (2010-2011 in construction). Adaptive reuse and refurbishment of an old Commonwealth Bank Building in country Singleton, NSW Develop and refurbish an existing building into a retail precinct on the ground floor and expand new modern office space on the first floor. Retain as much of the existing buildings embodied energy and give the building 30 years of adaptive re use

(2010-2011 in construction)

We have taken a large existing building that for 30 years has had one single use, the “Commonwealth Bank”. We have created a more interactive building with a variety of activities on three fronts. The first frontage is as 128 John Street facing John Street. This has remained as an active street frontage with a dynamic retail frontage that will add to the existing character of the street.

The second frontage is the main pedestrian spine that links the rear car parking with John Street. This pedestrian spine is an extremely fundamental link to the key intersection of Pitt Street with John Street. We are retaining the existing façade and creating additional internal retail all weather corridor that accesses three new smaller tenancies on the ground floor and access to the first floor office space for two small to medium companies. These office tenancies will add to the vibrant nature of the retailing spine by attracting people to the area for shopping and visiting the companies that rent the first floor spaces.

The third elevation/frontage fronts on to the rear car parking area and James Cook Park and levy bank for the Hunter River. This should not be seen as a utility area but an active and dynamic part of the retail / pedestrian spine. This area faces north and for café’s and restaurants for daytime activity facing the winter sun (creating a sun trap for relaxing with a coffee and having informal meetings) is what street activation is all about.

In summer its would be shaded and away from the street and becomes a destination location that over time will give other property owners the courage to look at these sites as double sided and help Singleton Council create a dynamic and active retail precinct.


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