The Assembly will draw on the unique aspects of the site and surrounding neighbourhood to create a new community precinct. The development marks an extraordinary opportunity to unlock a currently post-industrial site beckoning for remediation and reimagination. The design configuration is driven around preserving the significance of the built heritage to allow the heritage Matilda factory to become a focal point and generator of re-imagined community amenity. With this civic responsibility at its heart, the design is led by 5 key guiding principles:
Celebrate History and Heritage:
through the adaptive re-use of the heritage building, maintaining key sight lines and vistas and rehabilitating the former industrial use.
Create New Pathways and Connections:
that open the site to the community, provide high amenity links between the river and the sea and stitch the site into existing and future areas.
Deliver New Public Spaces:
that create a green frame, a chain of destinations through the site, prioritising pedestrian and cyclist movements and creating new spaces for events and celebrations.
Become a Community Destination:
by introducing a diverse mix of food and beverage, everyday retail, and public uses that are open to the whole community.
Deliver Iconic Built Form:
that respond to the site’s unique setting, increases sense of openness and amenity, and delivers a diverse range of living options for the whole community.