Balancing act

Respecting the heritage value of the surrounding area was an integral part of the design brief for the Bullecourt multi-use apartment complex
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Establishing a healthy balance between work and play is the goal of many urban professionals. Enjoying easy access to city amenities and nightlife while increasing weekday productivity is the motivation behind many mixed-use property developments.

Residential developer Australand Holdings has completed construction of its $140 million multi-purpose Bullecourt development, above Darling Harbour.

This is the first brand new, quality development to be released in the area for quite some time. The combination of design, location and views sets a new standard in central city living, says John Mortimer, general manager of Australand national marketing.

"Executive couples and professional singles seeking a city lifestyle as well as a good investment, have been attracted to the integrity of the design," says Mortimer.

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Many of the apartments offer views across the CBD, Darling Harbour and Pyrmont district.

Bullecourt contains a total of 217 apartments in a broad mix of styles, including one-bedroom lofts, two-bedroom double storey, cross-ventilated apartments, three-bedroom apartments with garden courtyards, and both one- and three-bedroom home office configurations. The development also features retail and commercial space.

"Much effort has gone into creating a contemporary development that also complements the historical architecture of the area," says Mortimer.

Despite its size, the building's varied facade helps make it accessible in scale. A combination of contemporary and traditional materials and colours, including rendered and painted finishes, weathered copper highlights, coloured blades and adjustable louvres, create visual texture.

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Designed by multi award-winning architects, Allen Jack + Cottier, a highlight of Bullecourt is the detailed restoration of the existing heritage listed Bristol Arms Hotel, which has been converted into commercial office space.

A range of ecologically sustainable principles has been incorporated into the design. The apartments generally have an east-west orientation, maximising both natural light and cross ventilation. Extensive glazing makes the most of the panoramic views. The apartments offer open-plan, light-filled living areas extending to balconies or courtyards. Kitchens feature modern stone surfaces and stainless detailing. Other features include an electronic audio intercom security system with video options in some apartments.

A landscaped pedestrian plaza runs between the two residential buildings and features mature plants, seating, and a sandstone sculpture reflecting the geological history of the site.

For more information visit the Bullecourt sales and rental office, open daily between 10.00am and 6.00pm at 109 Quarry St, Ultimo 13 38 38. Or Australand Apartment Division, Level 3, 1C Homebush Drv, Rhodes NSW, ph (02) 9767 2000, fax (02) 9767 2900. Email: Website:

Apr 01, 2005
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