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Foster + Partners and WilkinsonEyre in running for Sydney skyscraper job

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Foster + Partners and WilkinsonEyre are among six teams shortlisted in an international competition to design a landmark skyscraper in Sydney

Image: Mirvac

Image: Mirvac

The UK big-hitters have been shortlisted by developers Mirvac and Coombes Property Group for the 260m-tall tower on a large site in the heart of Sydney’s business district.

The 4,308² mixed-use scheme at 505 George Street will include residential, a retail podium, two childcare centres and, potentially, a premium hotel.

The site was purchased by Coombes Property Group in 2009 for $85 million. The developers said the project would set a benchmark for residential buildings in the business district and help to ’revitalise the iconic precinct’.   

The four other shortlisted teams are Australian: FjmtBates Smart; Crone (with SOM); and Architectus (with German firm Ingenhoven).

Stuart Penklis, head of residential at Mirvac, said George Street site was the ‘spine’ of Sydney and that the project would transform the business district.

’This is the first step in an extensive design and planning process with our stakeholders. The design competition will ensure the building reflects world-leading design, sustainability and that we are creating good, public space that enhances the community,’ he said.

Michael Coombes, of Coombes Property Group, said: ’Our vision is a tower that sets new standards in design and becomes a timeless and elegant focal point of the precinct; somewhere for visitors to call in, for residents to live, and for the community to gather.

’We are excited to work with the City of Sydney and these pre-eminent architectural firms to breathe new life into this precinct.’

If plans for the landmark tower are given the green light, the tower would rival the nearby Greenland Centre – a 66-storey tower with 470 apartments nearing completion.

Mirvac has said that the  design competition winner for 505 George Street will be announced mid-year.

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