Rhodes was part of Sydney’s industrial heartland since the early 1900s. In 1930 the site was purchased by CSR for chemical manufacturing, with Allied Feeds, Berger Paints and Union Carbide also operating plants for the next 60 years. As a result, the bay and 20 hectare Rhodes peninsula became heavily contaminated with heavy metals and dioxins, the most toxic man-made chemicals on the planet. You would not have wanted to live there 25 years ago.
In preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games, based at nearby Homebush, the NSW Government announced a major remediation project for Rhodes. This was the trigger for Lang Walker to conceive the idea for a breathtakingly ambitious mixed-use development.
The fifteen year project is finally nearing completion in 2015. Designed by leading architects, construction spread over 22 hectares, with 1,600-mixed density apartments and town houses, three A-Grade commercial towers and a 50,500sqm shopping centre.
The key to the success of the site has been its ‘mini city’ mixed use approach, attracting local workers, residents and shoppers with easy access to Millenium Park and the refurbished Rhodes Railway Station.
On the water’s edge, the suburb of Rhodes is situated on the southern bank of Parramatta, 16km West of Sydney CBD, in the local Government area of the City of Canada Bay.
- Spans 22 hectares
- 1,600-mixed density apartments and town houses
- 48,200sqm of commercial space across three A-Grade towers
- 50,500sqm shopping centre, housing 100 speciality stores and a cinema