It seems that Manly in Sydney is choc-full of lovers of glorious coastal lifestyle and vibrant village culture, as Grocon's 'Twenty95' project recently experienced a complete sellout of its 24 apartments in its first week on the market.
Twenty95 is a mixed-use redevelopment made up of residential, retail and commercial components on the site of a Telstra Exchange, featuring not only its 24 luxury apartments but over 600 m2 of commercial retail space and a multi-level basement car stacker.
According to The Australian, the average apartment price was $1.5 million across Grocon's range of one to three bedrooms, with most of the purchases going to Manly locals.
Grocon will now market retail space on the ground floor and a small amount of commercial office space that is part of the project.
“We’re finding that there continues to be very strong demand from local purchasers for quality apartments designed to be great places to live,” Grocon head of residential Christian Grahame told The Australian.
“In addition to carefully designed layouts, the added benefits of sustainability and accessibility are attractive to purchasers for the long-term amenity that they offer.”
The project is being undertaken in two stages – an initial Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase followed by a D&C phase. The scope of works includes significant electrical substation works and modifications to the existing Telstra Exchange. The project requires the Exchange to be fully operational throughout the construction phase.
The Gold Coast’s Parklands redevelopment is emerging in a blaze of colour, with Grocon well advanced in creating the new 29-hectare village.
In the second half of 2018 the site will become a new residential, retail and business community with a seven-hectare public park.
[related article: Inside Gold Coast’s Vibrant 2018 Commonwealth Games Village]In a deliberate move away from the Gold Coast’s predominantly white and beige architecture of recent years, Grocon sought to create a great and memorable place with a rainbow of colours used throughout the project.
Lead architect Peter Edwards said the aim was to bring colour and festivity to the project in order to celebrate the Gold Coast’s rich culture, heritage and identity.
“We wanted to pay homage to the courageous use of colour on the Gold Coast in the 1960s and 1970s and reflect the vibrant colour of the regional landscape,” Mr Edwards said.
The use of colour extends beyond the facades of the 18 buildings with kitchen joinery inside and public art also receiving bold treatment.
“We think the colours will help make it a vibrant place for the athletes, but also for those who call it their home in years to come,” Mr Edwards said.
Parklands Village will become a new master planned mixed-use community with 1252 residences as part of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. At the heart of the village is a retail precinct with a Woolworths supermarket, while a range of businesses, services and community infrastructure are part of the master plan.
The largest urban renewal project on the Gold Coast will be memorable for its colour but also for its green spaces and world’s best practice in sustainability.
The planting of 136,420 new trees across the site is just one of dozens of initiatives that has earned Parklands a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating, representing ‘world leadership’ in the design and delivery of sustainable communities.
The Grocon design team is delivering a range of sustainability initiatives including the reinstatement of a natural creek and floodplain, sustainable building design, smart metering designed to reduce energy and water use, and dedicated community spaces.
The apartments have been designed to meet the local demand for Gold Coast housing including for workers at the neighbouring Gold Coast University and Private Hospitals, academic staff and students at Griffith University.
Liveable Housing Design features will ensure they are accessible regardless of age or mobility. A special facility called a Changing Place is to be included in the retail area to provide for adults as well as young people with a disability to provide dignity and equitable access to the site. This will be the first Changing Places facility to be delivered in Queensland.
After the Commonwealth Games, the project will become Australia’s largest multi-family project with all of the apartments to be offered as rental accommodation.
The Parklands village has also achieved a 6 Leaf EnviroDevelopment Rating from the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
Construction has commenced on Grocon’s $40 million Greenwich Fairfield project in Melbourne’s inner-suburban Fairfield. The official start of construction was marked with the first ‘turning of the sod’ by Cr Susan Rennie from the City of Darebin, Grocon’s Executive Chairman Daniel Grollo and Jason O’Hara, Construction Director of Atelier Projects.
The former RSL site in Railway Place will be redeveloped over the next year and a half to become one of the area’s most sustainable and socially aware apartment developments.
The appetite of owner occupiers in Melbourne for homes that are sustainable, accessible and connected to their community has impelled Grocon to deliver an innovative and sustainable development. Greenwich will be a 5 star GreenStar rated development using the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) “Design and As Built tool” – a rare example of the use of this tool in the City of Darebin. The project will feature two separate buildings linked through extensive landscaped external areas. All apartments feature; good natural ventilation, abundant daylighting, intelligent use of sustainable materials and access to secure bicycle parking and storage.
In addition to its Greenstar sustainability rating the project will also be certified to the Livable Housing Australia (LHA) guidelines which are designed to provide better access, circulation and facilities for people with special needs, be they elderly Australians, young families with strollers and child rearing paraphernalia or people with temporary injuries.
The LHA guidelines provide for slightly wider and easier circulation within developments from the step-less front doors through the corridors and lifts, and into each dwelling. The standard also requires the reinforcement of bathroom walls to allow the ready installation of grab rails and other accessibility devices as people’s needs change over time.
The 77 one, two and three bedroom apartments have been designed to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding neighbourhood creating a mini local precinct with two independent buildings that will embrace a verdantly landscaped courtyard.
Greenwich’s outdoor spaces will be replete with indigenous planting, sheltered nooks, shaded seats and courtyards with walkways meandering beneath timber ‘lantern’ structures to create a sense of quiet privacy and tranquil comfort. Residents will enjoy relaxing by the outdoor fireplace situated within the leafy gardens.
In recognition of the need to respond to the pressure of affordability of housing and homelessness Grocon has committed all of its projects as part of The Big Issue’s Homes for Homes scheme. In this respect purchasers at Greenwich have had the ability to enter the project into that scheme and in doing so give something back to the broader community.