Green light given for major retail project in North Sydney

Third.i and Toohey Miller have revealed they have received approval for their ‘Warada on Walker’ development in North Sydney.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the $650 million retail project will feature 22 levels of high-end office and coworking space. Each floor plate spans at least 1,150 square meters and is already attracting a lot of interest from Australian businesses looking to return to the office.

The design of the resort was conceived during the 2019 bushfires and is reminiscent of the waratah flower. The building has been optimized for post-pandemic work, due to its refinement throughout the 2020 and 2021 covid lockdowns.

Third.i co-founder and director Luke Berry says the developer is delighted to have achieved approval after working meticulously with the North Sydney Council and its Design Excellence Panel.

“We are simply delighted to receive our development approval for Warada on Walker, a project representing something of a renaissance for North Sydney’s commercial sector and with Council’s support we see this building playing a major role in the return of North Sydney in the national scene as a real CBD of Australia,” he says.

Toohey Miller founder and director Nick Couloumbis echoes Berry’s sentiments.

“Our mission for Woods Bagot was to create a building that maximized the building’s generous floor plates, create as many outdoor collaborative spaces as possible, and design it into a facade that would entice workers to get back to the office and it’s fair to say that Woods Bagot and his team certainly got there,” he says.

“It was quite an enjoyable experience to share the design of our proposed project with council and industry partners and we look forward to bringing the WOW factor back into the North Sydney skyline.”

The tower will contain 73 car spaces, 156 bicycle spaces and space for 12 retail entities. A basement space as well as a coworking space featuring a life-size amphitheater are also included in the design. The rooftop features a 1,000 square meter garden with stunning views of the CBD. Warada on Walker is built to 6-star Green Star standards and hopes to achieve a 5.5 environmental rating.

warada on walker renders

A link through the site from Walker St to Little Walker St will celebrate the theater of the building with creative landscaping and growing amenities for the public realm. It will create a new high quality public space for North Sydney and a clear address for Warada on Walker and its tenants.

“Sydney hasn’t had a project like this in some time and will easily be one of our legacy projects to remember as we move out of the pandemic world,” Berry concluded.

JLL has been appointed leasing representative for the project. Construction and demolition work is scheduled to begin in late 2022 with project completion expected in Q3 2025. Half-floor and full-floor offerings available for rental are expected to hit the commercial market later this year.

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