Apartment living embraces timber
Builder Bluerock Projects unveiled their much anticipated four storey Midland apartment building DeHavilland Apartments last week, to developers keen to explore WA’s first timber built development.
The project, that is minutes from the Midland City Centre, boasts 9 apartments and one commercial premise and has been constructed from timber, being the first mixed use multi residential building in WA.
Stuart Hawley, Director Bluerock Project Pty Ltd stated that the building, which is close to lock up, had only taken 12 months to gain approvals and begin construction. The build is expected to take only 10 months to complete, despite being a very constrained site.
“This has definitely been a challenge, being WA’s first timber built apartment project but with key partners, we are very confident that we have achieved a build that will not only provide above standard sound proofing and insulation but also at a price point that is highly affordable,” Mr Hawley said.
“In addition, when you consider that concrete contributes 8% to overall greenhouse emissions, this build creates a very small carbon footprint and this is undeniably the future.”
The average size is 87m2 of internal area and all units are 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 parking space apartments and are priced from $375,000 to $390,000, offering affordability and above average size.
Ms Reece Director of WA Apartment Advocacy stated that leadership, as witnessed by Bluerock, was essential as the State embraced apartment living.
“There are some real challenges around offering affordable and good quality apartments within walking distance to train stations and so I am delighted that we are now seeing innovative concepts coming to the fore,” Ms Reece said.
“In addition, this style of apartment design is viewed favourably by valuers and that means that buyers can feel confident with securing their finance and enjoying all the benefits associated with apartment living.”
Architecturally designed by the award winning MJA Studio, one of Perth’s leading architects, the building has a striking and contemporary feel more like a boutique hotel than a traditional apartment building. Each apartment is designed as a corner unit hence maximising natural light.