BVN win design comp for Coronation's $1.5 billion Erskineville project




Published on 22 February, 2024

Global architectural firm BVN has won the City of Sydney Council’s Design Excellence Competition for its design of Buildings G and H in the Ashmore Estate, part of the $1.5 billion Erskineville Village urban renewal project by Coronation Property.

Located four kilometres from Sydney's CBD, the Erskineville Village project at 155 Mitchell Road is set to transform the 50,000 sqm former industrial site into a vibrant community hub, delivering approximately 1,000 Build-to-Rent (BTR) residences, six boutique terraces and premium retail, dining, and public amenity spaces.

The significant development is positioned to play a vital role in addressing Sydney's housing shortage by bringing a dynamic range of high-quality rental residences into the market.

As the last remaining section in the Ashmore Estate, the design for Buildings G and H will complete the significant master-planned urban regeneration.


BVN’s winning submission will house over 380 studios, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, complete with a communal hub filled with extensive resident amenities. These include co-working spaces, community rooms, swimming pool, alfresco dining areas spread over multiple levels, large landscaped outdoor retreats with outdoor kitchens plus wellness facilities including a yoga studio and sauna.

BVN’s design envisions a porous and well-connected neighbourhood, with a finer urban grain facilitating pedestrian movement and interaction. It anchors the development in its location through a constructed landscape that reflects the site's geology and industrial past, using materials and planting to tell the area's regenerative story.

Joe Nahas, Coronation’s Managing Director, says Coronation is committed to the Erskineville community and delivering a quality, community-led precinct.

"We’re excited about our first partnership with BVN, not the least because it marks the final step in Erskineville Village’s urban transformation plan.

“This is a significant milestone in the $1.5 billion redevelopment project, which will deliver extensive retail, the future 7,500 sqm McPherson Park and Kooka Walk, a 20-metre-wide pedestrian-friendly walkway.

“The Erskineville Village precinct will also deliver approximately 1,000 Build-to-Rent (BTR) residences through our sister brand Nation, offering housing choice and diversity on the City of Sydney’s fringe.”

Nation, which is launching its first two buildings next month in Merrylands and Parramatta City and projected to deliver around 1,500 apartments by 2025, will also operate the five BTR residential buildings with the precinct.


BVN Principals Phillip Rossington and Peter Titmuss shared their vision for the project, focusing on creating a sense of community, incorporating native landscapes, and drawing design inspiration from the site’s industrial past.

“BTR projects like this should prioritise elevating the resident experience beyond the lobby and their front door," Rossington said.

"There is a real opportunity to design for higher density that fosters social connection and builds community.

“The transition from a place for industry back to a place for people will be both transformative and regenerative."

The entire Erskineville Village precinct will be completed by 2026.