DA for Wickham School of Arts building repair

The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) has announced plans to undertake repair works to the Wickham School of Arts building in Honeysuckle as it progresses with planning for the precinct’s final transformation.

Listed in the Newcastle Local Environment Plan as a heritage item with local significance, HCCDC took ownership of the building from the City of Newcastle in 2008.

HCCDC Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska said the development application (DA) lodged with City of Newcastle proposes repair works to improve the viability and safety of the building.

“The former Wickham School of Arts building requires repairs including replacing the roof, resealing windows and doors and removing hazardous materials to make it safe.

The DA also includes removing the non-heritage annex built in the 1950’s and removing two neighbouring buildings that are not heritage-listed. The sandstone kerb identifying the former Hannell Street alignment will be retained.

These works will maintain the heritage integrity of the building, giving it the best opportunity to be re-purposed as part of a future development.”

The former Wickham School of Arts building is located in the western end of Honeysuckle, which is earmarked for future mixed use and commercial outcomes.

“The final three hectares of Honeysuckle lands will be pivotal in the evolution of the western CBD. Achieving a great place outcome that stimulates and underpins the city’s future growth is something that we are very committed to achieving,” said Ms Misevska.

The City of Newcastle will review the DA, and subject to approval, HCCDC hopes to commence work in mid-2021.

For more information on Wickham School of Arts building visit the Honeysuckle West project page.


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