Congratulations to our client, Provectus Care, on their recent DA Submission for their development at 37 Gerrale Street Cronulla. The development proposes not only a premium independent living residence that promotes care and wellness; but a space for its residents to remain socially connected to their community and engaged with the iconic seaside suburb of Cronulla.
Cronulla boasts the highest residential density within the Sutherland Shire and with its extensive coastline and lifestyle offer, it is easy to see why the suburb is an appealing residential choice. Not only was the value of the suburb clear to our client, so too was the value of the site itself with their significant investment in both the site and the proposed development, a testament to the potential of this vibrant community asset.
At the ground plane, the development will provide a public facing retail offer; a place for visitors to connect with the residents. This offer is designed to complement the vibrant food offers adjoining Cronulla Park, whilst activating Surf Street and Surf Lane; and their connections to the main street. The lane activation is key to Council’s ambitions of uplifting the adjoining laneway to become an attractive street in its own right, an element more recent developments have incorporated as part of a wider strategy to improve activation and the pedestrian experience. This site in particular is an important contributor to the actuation of Council’s urban strategy due to its prominent position along one of the primary pedestrian links that tie Cronulla station to the beach.
The retail is envisioned as a place that integrates well into the existing food and retail culture of the area: to reinforce its relevance in the streetscape and improve the overall pedestrian experience.
Additionally, the retail frontage is setback to allow quality outdoor dining and seating opportunities that would otherwise be crowded on the footpath. The setback also helps define the 2-storey street wall language envisioned for the podium, its envelope aligning to the existing brick facade across the road allowing for a generous glazed awning. The anticipated retail tenancies will reflect the character of the street: more public establishments along the Surf Lane and Surf Road where most of the pedestrian activity will occur and a destination retail on Gerrale St.
Above the retail, sits a range of large 2 and 3 bed apartments, each with amazing outlook and views to either the ocean or Gunnamatta Bay. In addition to the apartments, there are a number of communal areas, including residents lounge to Level 1 overlooking Cronulla Park; and most significantly, a large roof terrace and winter garden that provides a diverse range of indoor/outdoor communal facilities for the residents and the support of their community.
The site planning has been through a series of design iterations with Sutherland Shire Council and the DRP aimed to achieve the best outcomes for both the community and residents, balancing Council’s ambitions for the area and the need to design according to Seniors Living parameters. We look forward to continuing to work with both our Client and Council in realising this exciting community project.