Historical industrial relic transformed as Jaques stage two released


Stage two of Jaques has been released, continuing the transformation of the historically industrial Jaques Richmond site into a contemporary, architectural location.

The $290 million development by the

Riverside Group and

Macquarie Real Estate Equity Funds, is located three kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.

Positioned in the heart of Richmond, Jaques is bounded by Highett Street to the North, Coppin Street to the East, Palmer Street to the South and Griffiths Street to the West.

Stage two of the development features a mix of 229 one, two and three bedroom apartments spread across two buildings; the ten level 5 Tonne Apartments, and the six level Iron Works Building.

The apartments range in size from 46 to 170 square metres and prices start from $395,000.

Stage one is currently under construction and is comprised of 109 one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as 17 townhouses with street addresses.

All stage one apartments have been sold, which suggests stage two will be popular amongst investors.

Melbourne design teams, Fender Katsalidis and Hecker Guthrie, have partnered to deliver designs that are contemporary, but still align with Jaques industrial past.

The site’s red brick perimeter has been retained and adapted to preserve the memory of the 9,945 square metre site and its former use. For stage two, a new perimeter wall is to be constructed maintaining the same scale and enhancing the site’s architectural character.

Lead architect Karl Fender notes that the heritage of the site adds context to the design.

“It was important for us to reference the past presence of the site whilst responding to the current needs of the area,” said Mr Fender.

“Through adaption, modification and contemporary reinterpretation the original perimeter of the brick wall retained in the design of stage one continues to be the defining feature of Jaques, ensuring the site remains part of the precinct’s urban morphology of Richmond,” says Mr Fender.

Paul Hecker, co-founder and Director of Hecker Guthrie explained their focus on giving Jaques a unique personality through its’ design.

“Jaques is being developed on a historic site that was used to build giant rock crushers 100 years ago. We wanted to bring to life a sense of this and what was previously there so we derived ideas from the actual industry that occurred on the site and also from the aesthetic of the original buildings.

“Stage two dwellings feature a warm yet minimal palette that finds its way through all public spaces as well as the residences, where glass, concrete and timber materials pay homage to the site’s industrial past. Timber panelling on the walls is a key design element in the stage two apartments, with pendant lighting in the kitchen area creating a feature statement in the well designed spaces,” says Mr Hecker.

Apartments feature generous living and entertaining spaces and balconies to connect the outdoors. Spacious kitchens include stone bench tops, tiled splash backs, quality joinery and Gaggenau appliances.

Timber paneling on the walls with rendered concrete columns are used to create an industrial look and pay homage to the site’s past, while the use of porcelain tiles, large storage cabinets, pendant lights and wall-hung basins in the bathrooms offers a subtle reference to site’s quarry history.

A communal rooftop on the tenth floor of the 5 Tonne Apartments offers residence a retreat with 270-degree views of the city. There is also a central courtyard and an on-site gym for residents to enjoy. Car parking and a total of 229 bike spaces are also on offer for residents.

Jaques 5 Tonne Apartments from

Jaques Richmond on


A pedestrian link to Little Bridge Lane, a retail laneway, offers small food and retail opportunities for residents and the community.

Sustainability is a core focus at Jaques; windows are double glazed, solar collection boosts energy efficiency of the hot water system, lobbies and apartment corridors will receive an abundance of natural light and fresh air, water conservation will be in place enabling rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling and all apartments will be fitted with water efficient fitting and fixtures as well as providing a waste.

A car and bike share facility will also be made available, along with tram tracker displays and walking and cycling maps of Richmond and its surrounds incorporated into the lobby design.

Construction for stage two of Jaques is scheduled to commence in early 2014. A new display suite opened 1 June 2013 on the corner of Palmer and Griffiths Streets.

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