A design jury commissioned by St Hilliers has announced DKO and Furtado Sullivan’s plans for the final stage of development of Gosford’s Central Coast Quarter as the winner of a design competition undertaken by three of Australia’s leading firms.

The coastal-inspired concept is elegant in character, with two towers placed alongside a central public pavilion that will be activated with retail and hospitality offerings. The south tower comprises over 100 apartments enjoying direct views of the valley, park and waterway, while the east tower comprises 18 floors of retail space.

The “Connect to Country” aspect of the design was a key element of the firm’s entry into the competition.

“DKO and Furtado Sullivan’s sophisticated design is perfect for the eastern and southern parts of the Central Coast Quarter project,” said Justyn Ng, St Hilliers Development Manager.

“This is the first time a design competition has been held under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Gosford City Centre) 2018 and the result will set a new standard for design excellence in the CBD.

“There was a huge focus on integration among the submissions, with the winning design going to great lengths to integrate the newly transformed League Club Field and food and beverage outlets seamlessly.”

Ng says the unveiling of the design is a milestone for development.

“We had an incredible reception at the first stage of Central Coast Quarter; with over 95 percent of apartments now sold. The completed value of this tower will exceed $115 million,” he says.

“We look forward to delivering an equally sophisticated design for the final version, which we are confident will generate significant interest from people who recognize Central Coast Quarter for its location and quality.”

DKO manager Nicholas Byrne talks about the pride he felt in training when he was named the winner of the contest.

renderings of the central coast district

“This was a huge opportunity for the firm to work on a large-scale, multi-stage development in the rapidly growing Central Coast region. We hope the series of buildings and spaces within the compound will create a unique place for the town of Gosford, reflecting the wider landscape and respecting the country,” he says.

DKO and Furtado Sullivan used a Port Jackson fig tree as a landmark to greet visitors. The central pavilion is open and well-connected, providing visitors with a number of spaces to relax.

“One of the biggest aspects of this design was the street corner pavilion structure, connecting the three buildings. It has the potential to be iconic for the coast,” says Ng.

The design is currently under development for Development Application (DA) which is expected to be filed by the end of 2022.