Uniting Church’s objective

To provide project direction for this significant mixed-use project in the town centre of Burwood comprising nine amalgamated lots. 


The amalgamated site is approximately 5,000 sqm and is located at 134A-134C Burwood Road and 29A-33A George Street, Burwood in NSW.

The scheme is 21,000 sqm gross floor area and comprises a two-storey church administration building, a six-storey student accommodation building and a 25-storey tower that includes retail, commercial, medical centre, childcare and 140 residential apartments.

Johnstaff’s role

Uniting appointed Johnstaff to provide project direction for the feasibility and business case phase for this significant mixed-use project.

At the conclusion of the strategic definition phase, Johnstaff was then engaged to continue Project Management services for the development of the concept and schematic design through to submission of a Stage 1 development application.

Addressing the issues

The Stage 1 development application was submitted in November 2018. 

Johnstaff and the project team navigated several planning non-compliances, including the development exceeding the height controls by 30m and heritage issues. We secured approval from the Eastern City Planning Panel in September 2020.

Johnstaff then re-visited the pre- development application scheme feasibility, the original business case and the original act of covenent.

The Uniting Church is currently re-confirming resourcing priorities, including:

  • a flexible multi-purpose hall
  • an upgrade of existing church and pre-school hall
  • new administration space 
  • housing for five ministry agents
  • annual commercial income
  • student accommodation/boarding house for 60 people
  • 120-place childcare centre
  • temporary 40-place childcare during construction, and 
  • 15% of total housing stock to be affordable housing.

map of the project location


  • Developed the design of the project

  • Addressed heritage and height control planning challenges

  • Achieved Stage 1 development application

  • Exploring innovative development options including Build To Rent (BTR)