$100m Darwin project goes to Perth architect

PERTH architectural firm Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland has been awarded a $100 million urban renewal project in Darwin following a national design competition involving five of Australia’s leading architecture firms.

The firm has been appointed lead architect for the Frances Park urban renewal project being developed by Perth businessman Robert Wyllie and Robert Whyte’s Sydney-based Trafalgar Corporate.

The redevelopment is set to transform an 8.5 hectare industrial site overlooking Frances Bay, which formerly housed BP Australia’s oil storage facility.

Wyllie Group managing director Ian Hoad said the project would transform a major panel of industrial land adjacent to the heart of Darwin.

“We believe this initiative will help redefine the notion of urban living in Darwin and is a natural progression for our group following the success of the Cullen Bay development,” Mr Hoad said.

The Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland concept is for a medium density, village-based community of 550 residences.

“The site has spectacular views across the bay to the city and we believe the completed development will offer residents the best of both worlds – urban living within a landscaped parkland setting adjacent to the heart of Darwin,’’ design director Steve Woodland said.

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