Honeysuckle HQ

HCCDC is committed to continuing to create great places in Honeysuckle, and we are excited about the ongoing transformation of this significant precinct. 

 

HCCDC is seeking an experienced development partner to deliver our vision to transform the final Honeysuckle lands into an enviable and vibrant destination where the new CBD meets the waterfront. 

Honeysuckle HQ aims to become a magnetic destination with quality connections that focuses on community, new economy and excellence, while enhancing the natural environment and local heritage. 

Community input through the Honeysuckle Ideas engagement program guides the approach to finding an experienced and highly motivated development partner to create Honeysuckle’s pinnacle offering. 

Honeysuckle HQ includes two parcels of land, Honeysuckle Quays located on the waterfront and Honeysuckle Quarter which is immediately adjacent to the light rail stabling area.

 

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Honeysuckle HQ Promenade

 

HCCDC's aim to find a successful development partner started with a Registration of Interest (ROI) to gather market feedback in 2021.

Expressions of Interest now open

The Expressions of Interest (EOI) process is guided by market feedback received through a successful market sounding exercise in 2021.

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Honeysuckle HQ Laneway

Expressions of Interest welcome for Honeysuckle HQ


Through this EOI phase developers are asked to provide their best and most innovative concepts for the site.

We will then shortlist the top concepts for a final design stage later this year. 

Expressions of interest close 3pm on 7 July 2022. 

 

 

The opportunity

 

Honeysuckle HQ represents the final lands to be transformed in Honeysuckle and is located at the western end of the precinct, adjacent to the Newcastle Interchange.  

To find out more about Honeysuckle HQ:

Honeysuckle Quays  


The last remaining waterfront development site, Honeysuckle Quays, is located on the northern side of Honeysuckle Drive, at the Hannell Street intersection, within the Honeysuckle precinct of the Newcastle CBD. 


Zoning: 
B4 Mixed Use under the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012  


Zoning objectives:

  • To provide a mixture of compatible land uses. 
  • To integrate suitable business, office, residential, retail, and other development in accessible locations to maximise public transport patronage and encourage walking and cycling. 
  • To support nearby or adjacent commercial centres without adversely impacting on the viability of those centres. 

Honeysuckle Quarter 


The gateway development site, Honeysuckle Quarter, is located on the southern side of Honeysuckle Drive, at the Hannell Street intersection, within the Honeysuckle precinct of the Newcastle CBD. 


Zoning: 
B3 Commercial Core under the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012 


Zoning objectives:
To provide a wide range of retail, business, office, entertainment, community, and other suitable land uses that serve the needs of the community.

  • To encourage appropriate employment opportunities in accessible locations. 
  • To maximise public transport patronage and encourage walking and cycling. 
  • To provide for commercial floor space within a mixed-use development. 
  • To strengthen the role of the Newcastle City Centre as the regional business, retail, and cultural centre of the Hunter region. 
  • To provide for the retention and creation of view corridors. 

Public Domain

The remaining lands also feature 2.03ha of public domain, which will be transformed by HCCDC in line with the Honeysuckle Public Domain Concept Plan.

HCCDC engaged with City of Newcastle, government stakeholders, the University of Newcastle, the Awabakal and Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Councils, business and community representatives in the production of this Plan.

The planning controls for the site are overseen by City of Newcastle

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Honeysuckle HQ Waterfront

 

 

Community engagement

 

In 2020, we invited the community to share their ideas and aspirations for how the final development of Honeysuckle lands should emerge, with a special focus on socialeconomic and environmental outcomes.

The final three hectares of land has the potential to transform Honeysuckle West into an iconic gateway to the city as the future CBD, and the community identified bold and ambitious objectives that will guide the future divestment of the Throsby (Quays) and Wickham (Quarter) land parcels.

Honeysuckle Ideas:

Wickham School of Arts

 

The former Wickham School of Arts building sits within the final Honeysuckle lands earmarked for future divestment. HCCDC purchased the building from City of Newcastle in 2008.

The building was originally designed by Newcastle Architect, Peter Bennett for the use of residents of Wickham. It is now listed in the Newcastle Local Environment Plan (LEP) as a heritage item with local significance.

City of Newcastle approved our DA for repair works to the former Wickham School of Arts building, which commenced in October 2021. These works are now complete and included removing hazardous materials, removing non-heritage components, adding a new roof, and making the building watertight. The works will enable the building to be repurposed as part of the Honeysuckle HQ development.

We're asking potential developers to incorporate the building into their proposals, provide adaptive reuse and run a design competition for the inclusion of public space adjacent to the  building. Any development proposals not considering adaptive reuse will need to demonstrate superior outcomes and explain how they will address the heritage value of the building. 

The future use of the building will be considered as part of the assessment of proposals and how well they deliver on the project vision and objectives. The top concepts will progress to a final design stage later this year and the winning proponent is expected to be announced mid-2023. 

To find out more about Honeysuckle HQ, please contact Colliers International:

Peter Macadam
National Director, Newcastle
[email protected]
0402 074 159  |  02 6225 7313

Paul Powderly
National Director, Government Services
[email protected]
0413 122 877  |  02 4915 4020

We are continuing the significant urban transformation of the Honeysuckle precinct and Honeysuckle HQ represents the final revitalisation of former maritime and industrial lands into a landmark and mixed-use destination that will anchor the city’s enviable waterfront to the emerging CBD.
 

Q: What land does Honeysuckle HQ comprise?

A: Honeysuckle HQ is 3.28ha of land located at the western end of the Honeysuckle Precinct, immediately adjacent to the multi-modal Newcastle Interchange.

Honeysuckle HQ is strategically located in the future CBD and its sites, Honeysuckle Quarter and Honeysuckle Quays, will strive to deliver high quality architecture and design outcomes that incorporate accessible and dynamic day and night offerings, while enhancing the city’s cultural, social and economic objectives.


Q.  Is Government selling the land? 

A.  Government is seeking a development partner that has experience in delivering quality placemaking and design outcomes to create a waterfront destination where people want to be. The final commercial arrangements will be subject to this competitive process.


Q.  What is an Expression of Interest (EOI)?

A.  An EOI is a formal sales process which seeks proposals from developers to partner with HCCDC in the delivery of Honeysuckle HQ.

We are asking developers of suitable experience to deliver on the vision and objectives for Honeysuckle HQ. These objectives were informed by community engagement and will create a connected mixed-used destination that is sustainable, accessible and recognises heritage and culture.

The EOI follows a market sounding exercise undertaken in 2021, called a Registration of Interest (ROI).


Q. What was the Registration of Interest (ROI)? What was the outcome of the ROI process?

A. The ROI was a marketing sounding exercise undertaken in late 2021. Feedback received from the ROI showed there is very strong interest from development partners wanting to deliver the vision for the site.


Q. Are you offering the whole site as part of the Honeysuckle HQ EOI?

A. We are inviting proposals from developers with the capacity to masterplan and deliver either the whole Honeysuckle HQ parcel, or the following components:

  • Honeysuckle Quays – waterfront lands
  • Honeysuckle Quarter – the future commercial precinct

Proposals are expected to embrace the project vision; creating a landmark mixed-use destination that will anchor Newcastle’s enviable waterfront to the emerging CBD. They must demonstrate how the site will fit in with the existing precinct to create a mix of placemaking, economic stimulation, sustainability, diversity and community benefits.


Q: How much of the land will be dedicated to public green space?

A.  We have set aside $25 million and two hectares of harbourside land for community spaces including a waterfront promenade, two new parks and the naturalisation of Cottage Creek.

We delivered the first of these parks, Honeysuckle Park, in 2021. We are also currently naturalising Cottage Creek and constructing the next phase of the Honeysuckle public domain, expected to open later this year.


Q.  What social, environmental, and economic factors will be included in this development? 

A.    Honeysuckle HQ presents an opportunity to set new sustainability benchmarks for the region. We have identified four sustainability areas that have the most potential to deliver significant benefits: Climate Change; Energy and Carbon; Water and Biodiversity.


Q.  How will you ensure a quality outcome? 

A.  HCCDC is committed to delivering great places for the community. We are working closely with experts such as the NSW Government Architect to ensure design excellence is achieved.


Q. How long will a planning and approvals process take before we see an outcome for the Honeysuckle HQ site? 

A.  We will take the time needed to ensure we find the best development partner to deliver a great outcome on this site.

We expect to announce the successful partner in 2023, after which they will seek approvals and commence delivery.