Telstra exchange Balmain - new public space


Council is partnering with Telstra to demolish the front part of the exchange building in Balmain and create new landscaped public space. This will improve the view to the heritage post office building from the north-east. You are invited to view the design and tell us what you think.

Background

The original telephone exchange on this site was opened in 1914. The front section of the current building was built by the Commonwealth in about 1957. It was built hard up against the heritage post office building, damaging some decorative features and requiring removal of a balcony. It blocks views

Council is partnering with Telstra to demolish the front part of the exchange building in Balmain and create new landscaped public space. This will improve the view to the heritage post office building from the north-east. You are invited to view the design and tell us what you think.

Background

The original telephone exchange on this site was opened in 1914. The front section of the current building was built by the Commonwealth in about 1957. It was built hard up against the heritage post office building, damaging some decorative features and requiring removal of a balcony. It blocks views of the heritage post office building from areas around the Darling, Rowntree and Montague Streets intersection.

The 2004 Masterplan for Darling Street Balmain envisaged the front section of the Exchange building being demolished and replaced with public space. With the encouragement and assistance of the Balmain Association and residents, Council has pursued an agreement with Telstra to realise the vision.

Have your say

View the draft design and let us know your thoughts. Do you support the design or would you like to suggest improvements? You can provide feedback by completing the online form. Find out more from Council staff and the landscape architect at an on-site drop-in session (corner Darling and Montague Streets Balmain).

  • Wednesday 1 March 2017 10am-12pm
  • Saturday 4 March 2017 10am-12pm

Next Steps

A summary of all feedback will be posted on this page in late March, and feedback will be used to inform an amended design. Everyone who provides contact details will be advised when the design is finalised and updates will be posted in the news section of this page.


  • Construction activities begin at Telstra Exchange site

    5 days ago
    Telstra has secured the site and demolition has started to carefully remove the front (Northern) section of the Exchange. Demolition will be completed at the end of September with the new facade to be completed by November 2019.

    Following the completion of the facade, Council will develop the new open space. Final landscape details will be provided after October 2019.

    Telstra has secured the site and demolition has started to carefully remove the front (Northern) section of the Exchange. Demolition will be completed at the end of September with the new facade to be completed by November 2019.

    Following the completion of the facade, Council will develop the new open space. Final landscape details will be provided after October 2019.

  • Council postpones the project

    5 months ago

    At a meeting on 22 May 2018 Council considered a post engagement report and decided to postpone the project. For more information read the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

    At a meeting on 22 May 2018 Council considered a post engagement report and decided to postpone the project. For more information read the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

  • Summary of community feedback now available

    over 2 years ago

    Read a summary of comments received during the community engagement.

    Read a summary of comments received during the community engagement.