Iconic site to become preparatory school

The iconic Primrose House in Dolls Point will be transformed into a preparatory school, operated by The Scots College, after the property was sold to The Presbyterian Church Property Trust.

The circa 6,000 square metre waterfront site was sold by Property NSW on behalf of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, which deemed the property surplus to requirements.

Located at 190 Russell Avenue at Dolls Point, in Sydney’s South, the site includes Primrose House, which has been deemed an item of local heritage significance and is currently used as office space for health administrators.

Property NSW’s Executive Director of Commercial Transactions, Dennis Szabo, said The Presbyterian Church Property Trust was the standout bidder due to the combination of price and its commitment to preserving and enhancing the property’s unique history.

“We encouraged prospective purchasers to consider how they could preserve the heritage significance of the site, and options for its adaptive re-use,” Mr Szabo said.

“Securing a purchaser that is committed to preserving and enhancing the heritage of the site is a real win for the local community.”

Primrose House was built in 1891 and used as a hospital for the war wounded from 1913 to 1936. It operated briefly as a private boys school in the 1930s, before it was sold to St George Hospital in 1936.

“This is a good example of a government-owned site which is underutilised and no longer fit for purpose. The proceeds from the sale will be redirected to better infrastructure or improved service delivery,” Mr Szabo said.

Dr Ian Lambert, Principal of The Scots College, said: “The purchase of Primrose House and the proposed establishment of a new preparatory school marks the return of the College, after 123 years, to the place of its founding on the shores of Botany Bay in 1893, when The Scots College accepted its first students in Brighton-Le-Sands.

“We look forward to becoming the new custodians of its rich heritage for future generations.”

The property was sold by Savills following a tender process.

The property is zoned R2 Low Density Residential and part RE1 Public Recreation.