Doma Group, GWH announced as Merewether St, Darby Plaza proponents

An artist’s impression of the GWH concept for Darby Plaza. GWH and Doma Group were named successful bidders for former rail corridor lands. Picture: HCCDCDOMA Group has been named as one of two successful applicants to transform vacant lands at Merewether Street and Darby Plaza, the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC)announced on Thursday.

GWH and Doma Group’s independent tenders were named as successful pushes to develop a mix of commercial and residential projects on the site.

The Newcastle Herald reported earlier this month that tenders closed on April 6.

The Doma proposal was for “an amalgamated outcome using its pre-existing Merewether Street site” while GWH has plans for a new mixed-use development.

HCCDCchief executive and Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel labelled the announcement another push for rejuvenation in the city.

“Newcastle has been crying-out for more tourist accommodation for many years and we are pleased to signcontracts with GWH, which has the potential to realise this much-needed opportunity for the city centre, in additionto new office space and residential apartments, in a true mixed-use development,” he said.

“It will be a major catalyst for job creation and a boon for tourism.

Mr Cassel said the land for the Doma proposal “has allowed Doma to reimagine and improve a pre-existing concept for its adjacent site, which isa good outcome for the city”.

The company’s Merewether Street site will have residences above retailers facing Merewether Street.

“It is also in keeping with what the development control plans (DCP) identified as preferred result for the corridorlands,” said Mr Cassel.

RELATED: Hunter Development Corporation merges with Central Coast agencyPart of the GWH project involves the company delivering the Darby Plaza public domain in conjunction with HCCDC. It would also include commercial offices, residential apartments and potentially up to 40 serviced apartments as well as ground floor retail opening onto Hunter Street and the plaza.

“As Newcastle continues to attract investors, we are happy to continue to push the standards of architecture anddesign, to ensure outcomes are in line with what the community expects for an emerging city,” Mr Cassel said.

“Today’s announcement shows that we are also delivering on our commitment to the community to create moreattractive public spaces, new homes and more jobs all connected to improved transport options.”