Landcom Plans Northern Beaches Affordable Housing Project


Landcom has plans to transform a former health centre into a low-scale residential development with affordable housing on the Northern Beaches.

The New South Wales government’s land and property development arm announced its “adaptive reuse” plans for the small residential development in North Manly, located on the corner of Pittwater Road and Lakeside Crescent.

A development application is yet to be lodged with the Northern Beaches council for the transformation of the former Queenscliff Community Health Centre, which closed two years ago.

The project will incorporate a mixture of 35 to 38 studio, one-and-two bedroom apartments, with a minimum of 10 per cent designated for affordable rental housing.

Brogden said around 1500 women aged 55 and over in the Northern Beaches are in housing stress and at risk of homelessness.

“So we would welcome Community Housing Providers that cater to this group to tender to partner with us on this project,” Landcom chief executive John Brogden said.

“Landcom is committed to deliver 5 to 10 per cent affordable rental housing on all of its projects for key workers on low to moderate incomes such as nurses, child care workers, cleaners and retail workers.”

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▲ Landcom has plans to transform a former health centre into a low-scale residential development with an affordable housing component in North Manly on the northern beaches.
▲ Landcom’s Queenscliff project. A portion of the units will be set aside for key workers, such as nurses, child care workers, cleaners and women over 55, Landcom says.

Landcom chief executive John Brogden said the project will have sustainability benefits as the “adaptive reuse” rather than the demolition of the existing building on the 4000sq m site, minimising the construction footprint on the site.

“Other sustainability initiatives will also be delivered through the re-design of the existing building which will also translate to a reduction in ongoing living costs for households, once the project is completed.”

Landcom says it will work with a community housing provider through a co-design process “ensuring the development’s innovative design is fit-for-purpose”.

In October, Landcom announced the sale of two large development sites at Lachlan's Line, near North Ryde station.

The land, which forms part of the North Ryde Station Precinct with plans to deliver up to 2,700 homes when complete, was announced in 2013.

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