The revived Balmain Tigers club site was expected to include a village square. Picture: Scott Carver

Design group Scott Carver has revealed its latest plans for the renewed Balmain Leagues Club site, Rozelle Village, in Sydney’s inner west. The site has been sitting derelict for more than a decade, as various failed plans, financial hurdles and state government works delayed the transformation of the prime corner site on Victoria Road and Darling St, Rozelle. The $135-million development was approved in September 2020. 

The design has a number of cascading terraced brickwork buildings with facades that feature both rounded and flat red-brick arch-work podiums. The two- and three-storey podiums offer a village feel amongst the precinct, which will include a long-awaited new home for Balmain Leagues Club.

“The Balmain Leagues Club redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to transform a historically significant site into a cultural and community-focused place for residents and locals to live, work, and play,” says Scott Carver Principal, Thomas Hansen.

“A rich variety of private and communal green spaces are featured throughout the residential component, designed to enhance resident well-being while providing visual appeal and maximising viewpoints across the built form and the surrounding city views.”

Apart from a new club home, the mixed-use precinct will feature a village square and major retail precinct with supermarket, commercial spaces and a dining precinct connected via a network of laneways.

A number of high-end residential apartments will overlook the Balmain Peninsula and Sydney Harbour as well as the precinct below. 

Developer Heworth Holdings Group has reduced the number of apartments from 167 to 147, but increased the number of two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. 

Heworth Head of Property Chris Walsh says the developer is excited to deliver a new mixed-use haven for the inner-west.

“It’s going to significantly enhance Rozelle, provide new much-needed amenity and become a major community meeting place and destination,” he says.

Construction is anticipated to begin later this year, with completion expected in 2026.

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