Monday, 21 March 2016

1969: Original Redevelopment Scheme for the Regent Theatre

Here is a rare find in terms of skyscrapers that never saw the light of day. In 1969, there was a $12 million scheme to demolish the Regent Theatre, build two new theatres and have a 44 storey tower rising above it. Not only we would have lost a theatre but people of my generation having to put up with an ageing visual eyesore above Town Hall Station. 

Regent Proposal October 1969

Normally I would post where I sourced the article from, but the only date that I have is from October 1969 and its from The Daily Telegraph. This was from a time where I did not really feel a need to note exactly where and when the article came from. 

The Regent Theatre was demolished in 1989 to be replaced with an office tower, but the 1990-1991 recession and Sydney property crash left the site idle until 2004, when two apartment towers commenced construction. It was not until 2007 that the redevelopment of the site had been completed. 

The main tower would be Lumiere Residences (151 metres /47 stories) and Fraser Suites (114 metres/33 stories) designed by award winning UK Architect Norman Foster.  There would be no theatre in the podium, but rather a retail complex - Regent Place.

Lumiere Residences. Photo taken by the Author (2015).