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2005/126/1 Architectural model and cover, 'Forum' development, timber / acrylic, designed by the Winten Property Group, made by Brian Nagle, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1998-1999. Click to enlarge.

‘Forum’ development architectural model

Made by Nagle, Brian in Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1998-1999.

The ‘Forum’ architectural model represents plans, made in the late 1990s, for the precinct surrounding the St. Leonards railway station near the junction of Herbert Street and the Pacific Highway. The plans for the precinct were to redevelop the railway station and construct over and around it several new high-rise buildings providing high-density residences, shops, cafes, offices, public spaces, and walkways with good access to rail and bus transport.

The Winten Property Group was awarded the...


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Object Statement

Architectural model and cover, 'Forum' development, timber / acrylic, designed by the Winten Property Group, made by Brian Nagle, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1998-1999

Physical Description

Architectural model representing the 'Forum' development near the corner of Herbert Street and Pacific Highway, St. Leonards, New South Wales. The model features a streetscape, including nearby buildings, roadways and the North Shore railway line. The 'Forum' complex is painted white and dark grey, with the surrounding buildings in light grey and white. The model is accompanied by an original acrylic lid which has been removed from the model.



370 mm


970 mm


560 mm



The model was designed by the Winten Property Group and made by Brian Nagle, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, 1998-1999.



The architectural model was possibly used as a selling 'point' by estate agents prior to being exhibited at the Museum in the Engineering Excellence Awards 2003, and prior to that it was most likely used as part of the 'visual' documentation when presented to local government for DA approval.

The 'Forum' development at St. Leonards, contains two residential towers - Forum Tower of 38 floors and 480 apartments and Forum West (25 floors and 290 apartments), a 10 storey office block of 30,000 square metres, eight levels of car parking, retail shops and a rebuilt St. Leonards railway station. The 'Forum' was developed by the Winten Property Group, who awarded the contract to build the project to the Walter Construction Group at a price of $190m. Peddle Thorp and Walker architects were contracted for the design of the project.

On Thursday, 26 September 2002, Bob Carr, Premier of New South Wales, presented the inaugural NSW Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award 2002 to the Winten Property Group, for the 'Forum' development at St. Leonards. The Forum is a mixed-use development comprising commercial, residential and retail components, and the new St Leonards railway station.

Neville Wran, ex-Premier of New South Wales and Chair of the Development Excellence Award and patron of the NSW Urban Taskforce commented on the Forum project that "it was selected as an outstanding example of a major development project comprising commercial, residential, [and] retail components, and the new St Leonard's Railway Station, which has achieved positive benefits for the local community and for Sydney. The Forum provides an industry benchmark for development of a major transport node. The Forum demonstrates significant sustainable features including a substantial reduction in onsite car parking that has actively encouraged mode shift to public transport. From the project's inception in 1996, the Forum has revitalised St Leonards as an employment and residential location, whilst receiving widespread local community support and user endorsement". (Inaugral NSW Urban Taskforce Excellence Award webpage).


Credit Line

Gift of Winten Property Group, Milson Point, NSW, 2005

Acquisition Date

19 May 2005

Cite this Object


'Forum' development architectural model 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 November 2019, <>


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This object is currently on display in EcoLogic at the Powerhouse Museum.

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