Billion-dollar redevelopment plans lodged for Channel Nine site


A concept design of the redevelopment.

Developer Mirvac lodged plans this month for its $1 billion redevelopment of the Willoughby’s Channel Nine headquarters site.

The plans propose the construction of 460 apartments in nine buildings across a 3.2ha site on the corner of Artarmon Road and Richmond Avenue. 

The redevelopment will see the demolition of the 233m TX transmission tower and the iconic studios to make way for the unit blocks as well as 6,000sqm of public open space. 

Mirvac purchased the transmission tower and the studios from companies Lotus Capital, TX Australia and Euro Properties in February this year.

Despite plans to focus on sustainable design and open the site to the public, which has been closed off for more than 60 years, locals are torn on the redevelopment.

In comments on social media, many expressed their concern at traffic flow impacts from truck movements and an increase in parked cars along Artarmon Road both during and after the build.

Others voiced their preference to see the site transformed into a new public school for the area.

“Construction will likely coincide with the [Willoughby Leisure Centre] pool, the [Harbour] tunnel projects and the Warringah Freeway construction. Willoughby is set to become a heavy construction zone for a number of years,” one local resident commented on a community Facebook page.

“A public school and public transport would make far more sense and support the increased density plans that the State and local governments already have in place…”

Channel Nine will move on from the site to a new space in North Sydney in August, after almost 70 years residency.

Dependent on approvals, demolition work will begin late this year.

The plans are open for public comment and can be viewed here.

Stephanie Aikins

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