Greenway has been architects for this project since its inception. While there is great demand for the student accommodation market, affordable housing, and as commercial projects, are very difficult to make economically viable as there is a cap on what the rental market will pay. For a new major high rise project such as this, it was imperative that the design and the construction methodology were the most efficient possible for the project as a whole to be viable.
The project contains 300 apartments in both 1 and 2 bed configurations providing 430 beds in total over 14 levels. Each apartment contains an ensuite, separate bedroom and a kitchenette. The project also includes retail facilities fronting Hindley Street and a basement carpark with a student lounge and common areas included in the building. The facility will have a fulltime on site manager.
Built Environs were appointed as the Design and Construct Builder and we were novated across to them during detailed documentation so that construction detailing and methodologies were agreed and appropriate for the trade market at the time to ensure maximum efficiency. Construction was completed in November 2008 The total construction cost was $45m.
The delivery involved working very closely with the design and construct contractor, to ensure construction timeframes were maintained, and this necessitated documentation in trade packages as in a traditional construction managed contract. Due to the size of the project and the repetition involved, very careful consideration and coordination was required to ensure the early trade packages did not require any variation due to unforeseen detailing later in the documentation process. All stakeholders including the major investor, Macquarie Bank, are very satisfied with the result and also with the timing as the project was completed well ahead of the contracted date.