A much-anticipated development at Signal Terrace in Cockburn Central, located next to the train station and close to Gateway Shopping City, is making good progress and is expected to impress on a number of levels.
A partnership between the Department of Housing and Probuild Constructions (Australia), the development has been funded through Stage Two of the Commonwealth’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan.
It consists of 67 one-bedroom, 56 two-bedroom and seven three-bedroom residential apartments and six commercial units spread across five buildings ranging in height from three to five stories.
The Department’s Social Housing Coordinator, Laurie McGill, described the development as impressive on a number of levels.
“It boasts a futuristic design, unique landscaping, and the ability to incorporate universal and adaptable design across the majority of the units on top of a range of energy efficient features,” Mr McGill said.
“It will also be the first multi-storey residential building in WA to be linked to the National Broadband Network.”
All 130 residential apartments in the complex will have a six-star energy rating based on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (Nathers), believed to be a first for WA on this scale.
“The development will be one of the largest six-star energy rated buildings in the State,” he said.
“Such a high energy rating for the development is the result of orientation, insulation, glazing, and other features that contribute towards low energy costs in usage,” Mr McGill said.
“It also includes other energy efficient features like lighting, water fittings and heating arrangements.”
Apartments have special features to provide improved access for those with restricted mobility, as well as being easily adapted for when life circumstances change.
Unique landscaping is also another interesting feature of the development, including an internal courtyard showcasing trees actually planted in the basement below.
The complex will deliver a mix of private dwellings, shared equity and social housing and is scheduled for completion in mid-2012.