4-6 Bigge Street, Liverpool
Client: Hutchinson Builders & Land and Housing Corporation
Cost: $21.9 Million
Status: Approved (July 2020)

The development is part of LaHC’s Future Directions delivery program to deliver up to 23,000 new and replacement social and affordable dwellings.


The proposal involves the construction of an eleven-storey Residential Flat Building (RFB) comprising 52 one- and two-bedroom affordable housing units, one level of basement parking and communal open space at ground floor level. The building will be managed by an external community housing provider and the tenure a mix of social and affordable housing (50:50 split).

Our Involvement

Our services entailed the preparation of a comprehensive Statement of Environmental Effects and Clause 4.6 variation request to justify a contravention to the height of buildings development standard relating to lift overrun and roof areas. The development utilised an uplift in floor space pursuant to State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009.

We worked closely with Liverpool City Council, LaHC, Hutchinson Builders and Turner Architects during the assessment process to resolve concerns and find a suitable development outcome. We ensured all comments from referrals including – the Design Excellence Panel – were addressed. During the finalisation of the conditions of consent, we negotiated with Council and ensured the requirements for development contributions were correctly applied, ultimately saving our client nearly $500,000 in contributions. Our work in these final stages was instrumental in the timely determination by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel in July 2020.