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Experience

With over 17 years experience in the town planning and development industry, we have contributed to the delivery of numerous international, country-wide, state and regionally significant projects across multiple industry sectors including:

  • Small scale residential

    We have secured countless planning approvals across metropolitan Sydney and regional cities in NSW for small scale residential projects, including:

    • Alterations and additions;
    • Demolition and new building of dwelling houses, town houses and dual occupancy; and
    • Residential Torrens Title and Strata subdivision.

  • Medium and High Density Residential

    We have extensive experience advising on multiple high profile residential projects, having secured development approvals or rezoning across NSW, including:

    • Medium and high-density housing projects, including residential apartments and town
      house developments;
    • Student accommodation;
    • Boarding houses, and
    • New residential subdivisions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell has contributed to include:

    • Crescent Street, Holroyd – Rezoning of site to accommodate 1800 unit development (under assessment);
    • Stamford Hotel Site, Epping Road, Macquarie Park – 700 Unit Development;
    • Grove Street, Dulwich Hill – 280 Unit Development;
    • Belrose North – 135ha rezoning for 175 residential lots and E2 environmental lands – Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council; and
    • Talavera Road, Macquarie Park – 180 Unit Development and Serviced Apartments.

  • Healthcare Projects for private and public healthcare providers;

    We have contributed to multiple private and public health projects by helping to improve the health experience through securing development approvals or rezoning across NSW, including:

    • Private and public hospitals;
    • Mental health and addiction clinics;
    • Dental clinics;
    • Pharmacies; and
    • Specialist Medical Consulting Centres.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Royal North Shore Hospital – Clinical Services Building – on behalf of NSW Health
      Infrastructure;
    • Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Expansion – Ramsay Healthcare; and
    • Northside West Clinic (Wentworthville) – Eating Disorder Unit.

  • Seniors Housing

    We work with aged-care providers and developers in retirement living to improve health services delivered to seniors and the experience of older age.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Harbord Diggers Club, Freshwater – Site Compatibility Certificate and Stage 1 DA to
      include seniors housing as part of the Club redevelopment;
    • Elara Retirement Village on behalf of Stockland;
    • Wattle Street Seniors Housing project in Shellharbour, NSW on behalf of Uniting Care; and
    • Wyalla Road, Jamberoo – 120 lot Seniors Housing development – rezoning and development approval on behalf of Huntingdale Pty Ltd.

  • Retail and Commercial projects

    We have been briefed to advise on small and large scale retail and commercial developments, including:

    • Single shops and office premises within local neighbourhood centres and high street
      frontages;
    • Shopping centre redevelopments;
    • Large format retail and bulky goods retail;
    • Commercial office developments in CBD locations and business parks;
    • Online retail warehousing; and
    • Retail and commercial signage.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Top Ryde Shopping Centre – Independent Assessment of the development application on behalf of City of Ryde;
    • Pretty Girl Site, Princes Highway, Tempe – approval for redevelopment of existing
      warehouse for a bulky goods development – Valad;
    • Masters Home Improvement Centres – Wollongong, Taree, Windale and Chullora;
    • Dan Murphy’s Liquor – Leichardt and North Wollongong;
    • Forever 21 Pitt Street, Sydney;
    • Homemaker Centre, Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park;
    • Brad Garlick Hyundai, Victoria Road Ryde – New Car Sales and Service Centre;
    • 15th Avenue State Significant Development, Western Sydney Parklands Trust;
    • 191 O’Riordan Street, Mascot – Preparation of the development application for Sydney Airports first 5 star hotel and commercial tower on behalf of Goodman Property Services Aus Pty Ltd;
    • Oxford Square, Riley Street – Surry Hills; and
    • 724 Canterbury Road, Belmore – Extension to car sales showroom for Toyota and new vehicle service centre – Toyota.

  • Tourism and Leisure

    We have been involved in some exciting tourism, sporting and leisure projects that contribute to an improved cultural and visitor experience at each of these destinations, including:

    • Hotels and motel accommodation;
    • Tourist attractions;
    • Sporting venues; and
    • Cultural attractions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Central Station Hotel – 75 Wentworth Avenue, Haymarket – development approval  for refurbishment of hotel (Veriu Hotels);
    • 39A Elizabeth Bay Road, Potts Point – development approval for 34 room hotel and restaurant (Veriu Hotels);
    • Pullman Hotel – 191 O’Riordan Street, Mascot – development approval for 213 rooms over 13 stories;
    • 55-59 Regent Street, Chippendale – development approval for 118 hotel rooms and ground floor commercial;
    • 5 Church Street, Mudgee – development approval for conversion of art deco theatre to 62 room hotel, function centre and café;
    • Australian Turf Club (Royal Randwick Racecourse) – Managing the approvals process for State Significant Development proposals for hotel, new grandstand and non-race day events;
    • Future Music Festival – State Significant Development for music;
    • Taronga Zoo – Centenary Theatre Development; and
    • Warwick Farm Racecourse, Warwick Farm – Land and Environment Court expert witness for horse stable development.

  • Industrial

    Our experience in the industrial and waste management sectors has ensured that our clients respond to governments and regulatory requirements so that minimal environmental impacts occur but still with a focus on good connectivity to transport infrastructure.

    We help our clients to think strategically and engage with all their stakeholders and negotiate a smooth passage for their project through the complexities of industrial development.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Euston Road, Alexandria – Visy waste transfer station – State Significant Development
      Application;
    • Genesis Waste Facility, Eastern Creek – State Significant Development Energy from Waste Plant State Significant Development Application;
    • Alexandria Industrial Estate, Bourke Road, Alexandria – Goodman;
    • Westrac, Tomago – ongoing town planning role;
    • Aussie Skips – Waste Management Facility – Madeline Street, Strathfield
    • Paper Trade Processing Australia – Moorebank NSW – Development Application and
      Environment Protection Licencing for Paper, plastic and cardboard recycling facility. Expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court
    • Cardboard King, St Marys – Development application for modifications to cardboard
      recycling facility.

  • Educational

    Educational institutions are constantly evolving to provide enhanced learning experiences and MOD Urban has been fortunate to have experience on multiple projects within the education sector, including:

    • Expansions and renewal of existing schools; and
    • Expansions and renewal of tertiary institutions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Ascham School, Edgecliff – Development application for the redevelopment of the Duntrim site for boarding facilities and new science labs;
    • Saint Ignatius College, Riverview – State Significant Stage 1 Development Application and Concept Master Plan for site redevelopment;
    • McDonald College, Strathfield – New Boarding Facilities and Performance Centre;
    • University of New South Wales – High Street, Randwick – Student Accommodation;
    • Childcare Centre – Debbie and Abbey Borgia Site, Steel Park;
    • Childcare Centre – 55 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont; and
    • Childcare Centre – Homemaker Centre, Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park.

  • International Experience

    Our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, is a highly experienced and well recognised urban planner with experience in Australia, United Kingdom and across the Middle East.

    Matthew’s international experience includes the following significant projects:

    • Development assessment within three central London Boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Lambeth) for major commercial and residential projects, with a focus on significant heritage constraints;
    • Preliminary town planning advice to the Jeddah Municipality and Jeddah Economic Company, Saudi Arabia for the Mile-High Tower (that will be the world’s tallest building);
    • Capacity building role with the Jeddah Municipality, Saudi Arabia – advising the planning and design teams and implementing approval processes; and
    • Policy review and update of the Riyadh Metropolitan Development Strategy, (Riyadh
      Development Authority – Saudi Arabia).

  • Small scale residential

    We have secured countless planning approvals across metropolitan Sydney and regional cities in NSW for small scale residential projects, including:

    • Alterations and additions;
    • Demolition and new building of dwelling houses, town houses and dual occupancy; and
    • Residential Torrens Title and Strata subdivision.

  • Medium and High Density Residential

    We have extensive experience advising on multiple high profile residential projects, having secured development approvals or rezoning across NSW, including:

    • Medium and high-density housing projects, including residential apartments and town
      house developments;
    • Student accommodation;
    • Boarding houses, and
    • New residential subdivisions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell has contributed to include:

    • Crescent Street, Holroyd – Rezoning of site to accommodate 1800 unit development (under assessment);
    • Stamford Hotel Site, Epping Road, Macquarie Park – 700 Unit Development;
    • Grove Street, Dulwich Hill – 280 Unit Development;
    • Belrose North – 135ha rezoning for 175 residential lots and E2 environmental lands – Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council; and
    • Talavera Road, Macquarie Park – 180 Unit Development and Serviced Apartments.

  • Healthcare Projects for private and public healthcare providers

    We have contributed to multiple private and public health projects by helping to improve the health experience through securing development approvals or rezoning across NSW, including:

    • Private and public hospitals;
    • Mental health and addiction clinics;
    • Dental clinics;
    • Pharmacies; and
    • Specialist Medical Consulting Centres.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Royal North Shore Hospital – Clinical Services Building – on behalf of NSW Health
      Infrastructure;
    • Lake Macquarie Private Hospital Expansion – Ramsay Healthcare; and
    • Northside West Clinic (Wentworthville) – Eating Disorder Unit.

  • Seniors Housing

    We work with aged-care providers and developers in retirement living to improve health services delivered to seniors and the experience of older age.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Harbord Diggers Club, Freshwater – Site Compatibility Certificate and Stage 1 DA to
      include seniors housing as part of the Club redevelopment;
    • Elara Retirement Village on behalf of Stockland;
    • Wattle Street Seniors Housing project in Shellharbour, NSW on behalf of Uniting Care; and
    • Wyalla Road, Jamberoo – 120 lot Seniors Housing development – rezoning and development approval on behalf of Huntingdale Pty Ltd.

  • Retail and Commercial projects

    We have been briefed to advise on small and large scale retail and commercial developments, including:

    • Single shops and office premises within local neighbourhood centres and high street
      frontages;
    • Shopping centre redevelopments;
    • Large format retail and bulky goods retail;
    • Commercial office developments in CBD locations and business parks;
    • Online retail warehousing; and
    • Retail and commercial signage.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Top Ryde Shopping Centre – Independent Assessment of the development application on behalf of City of Ryde;
    • Pretty Girl Site, Princes Highway, Tempe – approval for redevelopment of existing
      warehouse for a bulky goods development – Valad;
    • Masters Home Improvement Centres – Wollongong, Taree, Windale and Chullora;
    • Dan Murphy’s Liquor – Leichardt and North Wollongong;
    • Forever 21 Pitt Street, Sydney;
    • Homemaker Centre, Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park;
    • Brad Garlick Hyundai, Victoria Road Ryde – New Car Sales and Service Centre;
    • 15th Avenue State Significant Development, Western Sydney Parklands Trust;
    • 191 O’Riordan Street, Mascot – Preparation of the development application for Sydney Airports first 5 star hotel and commercial tower on behalf of Goodman Property Services Aus Pty Ltd;
    • Oxford Square, Riley Street – Surry Hills; and
    • 724 Canterbury Road, Belmore – Extension to car sales showroom for Toyota and new vehicle service centre – Toyota.

  • Tourism and Leisure

    We have been involved in some exciting tourism, sporting and leisure projects that contribute to an improved cultural and visitor experience at each of these destinations, including:

    • Hotels and motel accommodation;
    • Tourist attractions;
    • Sporting venues; and
    • Cultural attractions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Central Station Hotel – 75 Wentworth Avenue, Haymarket – development approval  for refurbishment of hotel (Veriu Hotels);
    • 39A Elizabeth Bay Road, Potts Point – development approval for 34 room hotel and restaurant (Veriu Hotels);
    • Pullman Hotel – 191 O’Riordan Street, Mascot – development approval for 213 rooms over 13 stories;
    • 55-59 Regent Street, Chippendale – development approval for 118 hotel rooms and ground floor commercial;
    • 5 Church Street, Mudgee – development approval for conversion of art deco theatre to 62 room hotel, function centre and café;
    • Australian Turf Club (Royal Randwick Racecourse) – Managing the approvals process for State Significant Development proposals for hotel, new grandstand and non-race day events;
    • Future Music Festival – State Significant Development for music;
    • Taronga Zoo – Centenary Theatre Development; and
    • Warwick Farm Racecourse, Warwick Farm – Land and Environment Court expert witness for horse stable development.

  • Industrial

    Our experience in the industrial and waste management sectors has ensured that our clients respond to governments and regulatory requirements so that minimal environmental impacts occur but still with a focus on good connectivity to transport infrastructure.

    We help our clients to think strategically and engage with all their stakeholders and negotiate a smooth passage for their project through the complexities of industrial development.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Euston Road, Alexandria – Visy waste transfer station – State Significant Development
      Application;
    • Genesis Waste Facility, Eastern Creek – State Significant Development Energy from Waste Plant State Significant Development Application;
    • Alexandria Industrial Estate, Bourke Road, Alexandria – Goodman;
    • Westrac, Tomago – ongoing town planning role;
    • Aussie Skips – Waste Management Facility – Madeline Street, Strathfield
    • Paper Trade Processing Australia – Moorebank NSW – Development Application and
      Environment Protection Licencing for Paper, plastic and cardboard recycling facility. Expert witness in the NSW Land and Environment Court
    • Cardboard King, St Marys – Development application for modifications to cardboard
      recycling facility.

  • Educational

    Educational institutions are constantly evolving to provide enhanced learning experiences and MOD Urban has been fortunate to have experience on multiple projects within the education sector, including:

    • Expansions and renewal of existing schools; and
    • Expansions and renewal of tertiary institutions.

    Key projects our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, has contributed to include:

    • Ascham School, Edgecliff – Development application for the redevelopment of the Duntrim site for boarding facilities and new science labs;
    • Saint Ignatius College, Riverview – State Significant Stage 1 Development Application and Concept Master Plan for site redevelopment;
    • McDonald College, Strathfield – New Boarding Facilities and Performance Centre;
    • University of New South Wales – High Street, Randwick – Student Accommodation;
    • Childcare Centre – Debbie and Abbey Borgia Site, Steel Park;
    • Childcare Centre – 55 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Pyrmont; and
    • Childcare Centre – Homemaker Centre, Hollinsworth Road, Marsden Park.

  • International Experience

    Our Director, Matthew O’Donnell, is a highly experienced and well recognised urban planner with experience in Australia, United Kingdom and across the Middle East.

    Matthew’s international experience includes the following significant projects:

    • Development assessment within three central London Boroughs (Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Lambeth) for major commercial and residential projects, with a focus on significant heritage constraints;
    • Preliminary town planning advice to the Jeddah Municipality and Jeddah Economic Company, Saudi Arabia for the Mile-High Tower (that will be the world’s tallest building);
    • Capacity building role with the Jeddah Municipality, Saudi Arabia – advising the planning and design teams and implementing approval processes; and
    • Policy review and update of the Riyadh Metropolitan Development Strategy, (Riyadh
      Development Authority – Saudi Arabia).