Construction has kicked off at Cowper Street, Glebe with a new social housing development that is transforming 19 aged dwellings into a modern complex of 75 new inner-city apartments and terrace houses.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said demolition of the former site was completed earlier this year, with the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) partnering with Kane Constructions to complete the work.

“This eight-storey renewal project will deliver three studios, 40 one-bedroom and 27 two-bedroom apartments, along with five three-bedroom terrace homes for larger families,” Mr Roberts said.

“LAHC is working to boost social housing across the City of Sydney LGA, and Cowper Street is just one of three development sites in Glebe that will see social housing increased from 144 dwellings to around 250 in coming years.”

Minister for Minister for Families and Communities, and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said Cowper Street is due for completion in mid-2024.


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“This project will be home to around 130 new social housing residents, while creating 170 jobs during the life of the project,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering social and affordable housing to those in our community who need it most. We know that safe and stable accommodation is vital for people to get back on their feet and access services and support to strive for a brighter future.”

Inspired by historic woolstore buildings and Glebe’s iconic Victorian terraces, the development was designed by award-winning Sydney architectural firm Johnson Pilton Walker with the Prince’s Trust Australia supporting the development’s sustainability and traditional design outcomes.

Prince’s Trust Australia Chair, the Hon Julie Bishop said Prince’s Trust Australia is proud to support young people and provide opportunities for apprentices to build their skills on this project.

“This development will use many sustainable building practices such as recycled bricks, solar panels to power the homes and structural timber framing,” Ms Bishop said.

“We commend Land and Housing Corporation on its work to boost social housing across Sydney.

“Prince’s Trust Australia is committed to environmental sustainability and building communities  – we are also working to help locals rebuild a community hall on Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, after the devastating Black Summer bushfires.”

The development will be called The Prince’s Quarter, to reflect the partnership with Prince’s Trust Australia. The building names will be announced at a later date.