The old flour mill in Summer Hill has been transformed into an exciting new mixed-use development: ‘Flour Mill of Summer Hill’.
Those who grew up in Sydney’s inner-west will remember a functional flour mill in Summer Hill; processing and grinding flour for Australia’s favourite loaves of bread since 1922.
The silos were constructed some thirty years later, and it didn’t take long for the structure to cement itself as a community landmark; a staple of the Summer Hill skyline.
As technology evolved, operations at the mill ceased eight years ago; but rather then demolish a piece of Summer Hill’s history, they’ve been re-zoned, and will form a central component for an exciting new mixed-use development: ‘Flour Mill of Summer Hill’.
The silos and surrounding developments will house a total of 360 apartments – a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms – creating a community hub in what was once an industrial heartland.
Grant Flannigan is the Development Director at EG, the developers behind the project; he says the existing residents were front of mind when designing the master plan.
“The great thing about masterplan communities is they have a life of their own, and Summer Hill certainly has a life of its own. But we want to make sure we are not only conscious of the building, but the community, we don’t want to turn our backs on them, we are inviting them into the precinct.”
With a strong community focus, expect big, open parklands, filled with shady trees and areas to set up a picnic.
There will also be a retail precinct, but Mr Flannigan points out it won’t be a run-of-the-mill strip of shops.
“There won’t be any franchises. We are curating a retail precinct which will offer boutique local cafes, quality butchers, grocers… we are catering for people who want to go out and grab a great coffee.”
For those who decide to call the Flour Mill home, the dwellings are spread across the silos, terraces, new apartments and the recently released Malthouse building.
“The thing that makes this project unique is the height you otherwise wouldn’t get in the inner west. The silos are 13 storeys high, getting approval for a 13 storey structure would otherwise be almost impossible. The other unique aspect is living in a round apartment,’ Mr Flannigan says.
Hassell is behind both the interiors and exteriors, and has sought inspiration from the site’s industrial past, which is evident in the architecture and finishes.
The interior aesthetic is clean, refined, and monochromatic, with top features such as stone benchtops, European appliances and a space that incorporates the outdoors inside, with combined living, kitchen and dining areas opening up to balconies and terraces.
The booming inner-west pocket of Sydney is attracting young professionals and first-home buyers, who enjoy being just seven kilometres from the CBD, but prefer living in a village-like atmosphere.
A light rail stop is adjacent to the site, connecting residents to wherever they need to go.
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