A Perth-first modular housing project has delivered a six-storey apartment building containing 77 homes in 10 days.
The $22 million,
Adara Apartments building is the third stage of the Department of Housing’s Stella Village.
Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the innovative venture, supported by the Department of Housing, cost less, could cut construction time in half and was 30 per cent more energy efficient.
The 77 Adara Apartments will be a major boost for affordable housing in Perth, ranging in size from 50 square metres to 75 square metres, starting from $335,000.
Eight Adara Apartments will be available through shared equity scheme to further boost affordability.
They were built with up to 12 per cent construction cost savings and 50 per cent less building waste.
“The one-and two-bedroom apartments - each weighing 22 tonnes and measuring 16 metres by 4.5 metres - are factory fabricated, meaning the apartment complex can go up in just 10 days,” Mr Marmion said.
“The whole project will take 12 months to complete, from sod-turning to market. Already there has been keen buyer interest in these apartments and I firmly believe this project gives us a glimpse into the future of quality, affordable housing.
“The apartments go together a bit like Lego blocks and on average, 15 can be erected per day, but this is top-quality construction and an important step forward for the Liberal National Government’s affordable housing strategy.”
The State Government’s first ‘Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020: Opening Doors to Affordable Housing’, aims to deliver at least 20,000 affordable homes by 2020.
With more than 15,400 new affordable housing opportunities having already been created, the Government is on schedule to exceed the 2020 target.
“This project is an exciting first for both Perth and our affordable housing strategy,” the Minister said.
“The modular design is an effective and affordable product for higher density and urban infill projects that will make more housing available at an attractive price for future Perth home owners.”