CKDS designs John Singleton’s Bonython Tower

CKDS designs John Singleton’s Bonython Tower

A Newcastle and Central Coast based architecture firm is behind the design of a Gosford CBD development that is capturing significant attention and acclaim. 

CKDS Architecture designed Bonython Tower, Gosford’s tallest structure for media mogul John Singleton.  

The $35 million, 14-storey, luxury mixed use development includes approximately 1200 sqm of office space, 54 boutique apartments and two luxury penthouses.  

Within the development is Gosford’s largest venue, the $4 million Bon Pavillion. Bon Pavillion is seven venues in one, including a café, tapas bar, whisky and craft beer bar and fine dining restaurant.  

Its centre-piece is a dramatic, sweeping staircase that some say looks like something from the set of Gone with the Wind. 

CKDS Architecture Principal, Caine King, said the staircase was part of a design to meet the client brief of creating an iconic, catalyst development for the region.  

He said hard wearing, natural materials have been used throughout the development to cater for a space designed for people wanting to live, work and play in the inner city and appeal to the Sydney siders the developer is hoping to attract. 

Bonython Tower is one of many high-profile Newcastle and Central Coast projects in which CKDS Architecture has been involved.  

In Newcastle those projects include the East End Stage 2 and the proposed Lee 5 project at Honeysuckle. In partnership with Hill Thalis, CKDS designed Newcastle’s tallest towers, the Verve Residences, which are under construction. 

On the corner of Stewart Avenue and Hunter Street, Newcastle West, CKDS Architecture partnered with PTW Architects to design Politis Hunter Development (Gateway ll), a building to set a new benchmark for commercial office. It has also designed the neighbouring, award winning, Gateway 1 development. 

Caine said CKDS Architecture has been working a range of master-planning projects for councils and other organisations 

It also designed boutique residential developments; recent projects include the multi-award winning The Edge in Wickham, The Cinque Residences in Mayfield and Corlette Street Residential in The Junction. 

When asked for the reasons behind CKDS Architecure’s success Caine put it down to his business partner Stuart Campbell and their great team.  

“Architecture is not a self–serving profession,” Caine said. 

“Architecture exists to serve people by enhancing their life through design excellence,” he said. 

“We design to create the maximum benefit within the given space to create that perfect balance between innovation, commercial considerations and sustainability to deliver return on investment for our clients.” 

“Good design is always a collaboration other architects, developers, consultants and builders.” 

IMAGE | The interior of the CKDS designed Bonython Tower development. Photo courtesy of Carmen Glenn. 


CKDS is a leading architectural practice specialising in innovative and sustainable design to create places of excellence in modern urban environments.

Based in Newcastle and on the Central Coast, CKDS has worked on some of the region's most diverse commercial, residential and industrial designs including the award winning Gateway Parry Development project.

Well known for its ability to collaborate with developers, other architects and builders, CKDS has been actively involved in a varied portfolio ranging from large-scale mixed use developments to boutique residential alterations and additions.

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