Luxury Living in Rose Bay

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This recent project, designed by Marchese Partners, is a contemporary and elegant response to the need for increased seniors housing within Sydney.

In the Rose Bay locality, the largest increase in age structure between 2011 and 2016 was the 70 to 74 age group. The population statistics for both the Woollahra LGA and the Rose Bay vicinity provide key insights into the need for age based services and associated facilities.

This development will provide Rose Bay with a highly sought after seniors housing facility, allowing residents to age in place and remain connected to their local community,being just moments from the Rose Bay Village.


Exciting New Approval

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We are pleased to announce the recent approval by Woollahra AAP for the demolition of an existing dwelling and construction of a new contemporary three-storey dwelling house in Rose Bay, elegantly designed by Bruce Stafford Architects.


2016 Projects

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The last couple of months have been a busy and exciting time for GSA. We have come to the successful conclusion of many  interesting and challenging projects.  Some of the projects that are featured on our website include:

We have a number of new and continuing projects that we will be working on next year and can’t wait to share them with you in 2014. Stay tuned on our website and social media accounts for up to date news!

Winner 2012 Sydney Design Award for Residential Architecture

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Award Nomination
Stephen Collier Architects has been announced as winner of the 2012 Sydney Design Award for Residential Architecture – 2012 Sydney Design Awards for the Lavender Bay Boat Shed.

The boat sheds have been restored and converted into a mix of commercial and residential units. The design combines contemporary architectural detailing with an innate respect for the spatial and material character of the historic structure.

GSA Planning have been the planning consultants for this impressive property for a number of years.

Congratulations Stephen Collier Architects on the award!

STEPHEN COLLIER ARCHITECTS’  Lavender Bay Boatshed project is in the March issues of Vogue Living and Monument Magazine.  Check for more.



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Over the years, GSA Planning has been involved in the redevelopment of the community facility operated by JewishCare in Woollahra. Inspired by JPR Architects (now MPRDG), the community facility provides services to vulnerable members of the Jewish and wider community including day respite for the aged and their carers, employment opportunities for people with a disability and assistance to families and youth in crisis.

GSA’s Halina Rubenstein and her family are heavily involved in JewishCare’s Family Volunteering project, which provides a great way for children to be involved and increases the number and range of volunteers to help people in need.


North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club & Nippers

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GSA Planning supports the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club and Nippers. GSA Planning recently presented the NBSLSC Nippers with three new boards. Enjoy the waves!


Bourke Street Police Station to a become a dwelling

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GSA Planning prepared a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) to accompany a Development Application to City of Sydney Council. The proposal, which was designed by David Selden Design, involved an adaptive reuse of the former Surry Hills Police Station in Bourke Street to a dwelling, as well as associated alterations and additions to the heritage listed building.

Our clients, Mr & Mrs Tower (see Photograph above) were recently featured in The Sunday Telegraph for their successful purchase of the former Police Station.

LIVING in a police lock-up once occupied by some of the worst crims might seem unsettling — but not for Sydney’s Joe and Mona Tower.


They can’t wait to transform the 1895 Surry Hills cop shop in Bourke St into a house, but intend to keep reminders of its dark past. Apart from a luxury overhaul on their $1.9 million investment, they will keep the cell-sized rooms, the bars on the central corridor and the original steel back door. Even the original police station sign emblazoned in stone above the front door will remain. Cell shapes will be retained for rooms, including bedrooms and the kitchen.

Council documents stipulate that while original internal walls could be removed, some of the masonry had to be retained “to interpret the original cell space”. As much material as possible such as stones, bricks, joinery and metal is to be recycled and used to build the new house, documents state. And to seal the deal, a brass plaque detailing the site’s history must be installed on the facade or fence of the property before anyone moves in.

The Towers were fortunate to nab the police station as a new home as it was rare to find buildings like it now in Sydney, leading heritage consultant James Phillips said. Phillips, who created Eveleigh Markets from a blacksmith’s shop and updated the old buildings in the Royal Botanic Gardens, said the trend had started with the transformation of wool sheds around Pyrmont in the 1970s. “There’s not a lot left like this one and many of the easy ones have been done,” Mr Phillips said. “There’s only a few remnant industrial buildings being converted — it’s not something we see very much of now.”

The approval comes on the back of a raft of converted properties offered up for sale. A luxury architect-designed home in Beattie St, Balmain, is asking $2 million-plus and sits behind the original facade of a Sydney Mission theatre once used to show films to the underprivileged.


GSA Planning Awards

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Company Awards
Royal Australian Planning Institute NSW Division

Award for Excellence in Planning 1998 (Category: Urban Planning)
For Tweed Heads 2000 Strategic Plan and Urban Improvement Implementation

Award for Excellence in Planning 1997 (Category: Planning and Development)
For an Integrated Planning Framework for Tweed Shire
Nominated by Tweed Shire Council

Royal Australian Planning Institute National Awards

Certificate of Merit 1993 (Category: Urban Planning Achievement)
For Cobaki Lakes Development Control Plan
Nominated by Tweed Shire Council

Award for Excellence in Planning 1992 (Category: Urban Planning)
For Cobaki Lakes Development Control Plan
Nominated by Tweed Shire Council

Individual Awards – Gary Shiels
Waverley Council

Award for Outstanding Activity Rendered to the Community 2002
Nominated by Mayor of Waverley 2002

Award for Outstanding Activity Rendered to the Community 1987
Nominated by Mayor of Waverley 1987

American Planning Association

Certificate of Appreciation 1999
For Outstanding Contributions to the 1999 Seattle Planning Conference


Sydney Scene

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Gary & Vicki caught up with an old friend, Tetsuya. The catch up was delicious!

We are on top of planning in Sydney.

World Titles 2009 – K2 500 and 200 Medal Winners