Jackson's Landing, Pyrmont

01 Sugar Dock 02 Silk 03 Antias
04 The Distillery and Refinery Apartments 05 The Quarry 06 Evolve
07 Stonecutters Pirrama Park, Pyrmont  


Jacksons Landing is the name of a residential and commercial property development located on the northern peninsula of Pyrmont, an inner suburb of Sydney, Australia. It is located on the former site of a major sugar refinery which was operated by CSR Limited and is being developed by the Lend Lease Corporation Limited group, a well-known real estate developer.

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Jacksons Landing is one of a number of planned communities which have become popular in Australia. These developments are based on the idea of offering a package of houses, apartments, open space and community facilities such as pools, gyms and tennis courts. High density inner-city developments such as Jacksons Landing are seen as one solution to the problem of urban sprawl in Sydney. The main residential towers are Quarry, Distillery, Evolve, Stonecutters, Sugardock, and the soon to be completed Silk.

The fantastical approach to Anzac Bridge.

As seen from the air, before Silk wnt up, and when the old hill was still partly forrested.
Jacksons Landing by Vivas Lend Lease and Hyder Consulting

Once home to a shipping port, sandstone quarry, sugar refinery, iron works, and industry, ‘Jacksons Landing’ spent almost 40 years in neglect before the 11.7 ha site was redeveloped to create a vibrant urban village alongside Sydney Harbour and within easy reach of the CBD.

The concept was first canvassed in 1988 but only came to fruition with Lend Lease’s purchase of the site in 1996. An international joint venture and redevelopment plan quickly followed, which has seen the progressive integration of commercial-retail capacity and quality community amenities into the area e.g. ample landscaped public spaces, shops and retail areas, parklands and waterfront park, and community sport and leisure facilities.

With the last phase—Distillery Hill precinct—well underway, the project is nearing completion. Stages 1, 2a, 2b and 5a are already finished. Construction of Stage 3 is underway with completion late 2010 and stages 4 and 5b now selling and under construction soon with completion 2012. In total the precinct Distillery Hill will yield over 680 dwellings ranging from stand alone high-rise apartments to low-rise terrace style apartments and multi-storey townhouses.

Hyder’s protracted involvement with Jacksons Landing dates back to 1999, starting with civil engineering design and documentation, services coordination and site inspections that have continued to this day. As the redevelopment runs its final lap to the finish line, all involved can look back proudly at the dramatic transformation into a Harbour ‘dress circle’ destination whose significance easily rivals the area's former commercial and industrial fame.
Here are some of the buildings that comprise the development.

McCafferys Tower

The Terraces


Regatta Wharf

The Elizabeth (below)
With its stunning yet wonderfully elegant Art Deco facade, the Elizabeth is perhaps the signature building for the entire development. This heritage waterfront building was originally the Boiler House powering the Colonial Sugar Refinery. Distinctive features include four apartments per floor, New York style lifts opening directly into each apartment, winter gardens, balconeys and breathtaking harbour views. The Elizabeth's ground floor design incorporates a restaurant and cafe with alfresco dining. This popular and vibrant eating area is adjacent to the new harbour broadwalk and parklands.

The Elizabeth (completed 2000) is named after Elizabeth Macarthur, wife of John Macarthur.
The Elizabeth incorporates the north facade of the former boiler house of Colonial Sugar Refinery (CSR) (c1935-1955). This facade is red brick with art deco detailing.

CSR boiler house painted by Jane Bennett





The Distillery and Refinery Apartments

The Quarry

The Cooperage (Commercial)



Knox on Bowman

Designed by Alec Tzannes Assoc., this "limited edition" collection of 24 luxury apartments faces due north. The first three levels of Knox on Bowman are clad in sandstone - an interpretation of the stone walls and cliffs that occupied much of Pyrmont. The upper three levels of apartments seemingly float above the stone base, their horizontal form defined by a metallicised framework. Generous sunfilled living and linear simplicity are the keynotes.

Knox on Bowman is named for Sir Edward Knox, founder of the Colonial Sugar Refinery (CSR), one of Australia's most successful companies.

Sugar Dock

Site of 21 Harris St (Office)

Sugar Dock