Master plan reveals proposal to bring Gosford CBD to life
Urban renewal specialists Lederer Property has unveiled a 15-20 year vision to transform Gosford’s CBD and create a new civic heart for the Central Coast in New South Wales. The master plan for the Gosford Alive initiative outlines a proposal to bring to life a thriving new urban precinct across a 5.8-hectare site in Gosford’s CBD, just minutes from Gosford train station.
The master plan is the brainchild of Lederer Property and architects, Conybeare Morrison (CM+). It responds to the NSW Government’s draft Central Coast strategy, which calls for new homes and employment opportunities to accommodate the forecast regional population increase of 100,000 over the next 20 years.
Defined by its public spaces, retaining existing trees and maximising green infrastructure, Gosford Alive will be a new lifestyle destination attracting people into the CBD. Kibble Park will be transformed, with the addition of new café and restaurant concepts, while transit-oriented development (TOD) principles will connect seamlessly to existing public transport nodes and promote walkability, according to Lederer Property.
Residents will benefit from new shopping, food and entertainment experiences, with an additional 8000 square metres of retail/commercial space and 300 more parking spaces proposed as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Imperial Centre.
This will happen over the project’s 15-20 year horizon and extends on the work Lederer Property has already begun at the Imperial Centre, which has recently undergone a $20 million redevelopment.
Marek Ristwej, general manager – property at Lederer Group, says the vision for Gosford Alive represents a new era for the city.
“Gosford Alive is a game changer for the city, which will transform the CBD into a welcoming vibrant place that will attract residents and make the community proud,” Ristwej says.
“Lederer Property has a long-term relationship with the region, through its ownership of the Imperial Centre. As urban renewal specialists, we have long since identified the huge potential for Gosford to evolve into a thriving, characterful coastal city and we are deeply committed to working with Gosford City Council and the community to deliver this transformational vision at such an exciting time for Gosford.”
A stage one development application (DA) of the Gosford Alive master plan will be lodged with Gosford City Council in the first quarter of 2016.