Key objectives of the project include:
- contributing to new social housing dwellings in NSW through recycling surplus assets
- renewal and reactivation of The Rocks in line with the heritage character of The Rocks
- improve accessibility through The Rocks precinct
- improvements to the public domain.
Refurbishment and restoration of the iconic Sirius Building. The proposed design:
- protects the iconic modular design, maintains the integrity of the overall building form and preserves the key viewpoints noted in the State Environmental Planning Policy (State Significant Precincts) 2005
- delivers activation strategies that will improve public access via a new site link
- improves visitor accessibility to The Rocks heritage precinct through the delivery of a public lift
- improves the quality of the public domain through upgrades to landscaping, brick paving, public artwork, a public forecourt and new streetlights along Cumberland Street.
- Capital return to the Government to fund more than 300 social housing dwellings across NSW.
- Job creation throughout the construction phase and ongoing job opportunities through retail and commercial uses.
- The Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and PDNSW are working together to deliver this project
- PDNSW is maintaining ongoing discussions with the Government Architect NSW to ensure the design reflects NSW Government policies and planning legislation.