FRASERS Property Australia has appointed architects Rothelowman to oversee design of the next apartment stage at its uber sustainable Burwood Brickworks in Melbourne’s east.
Rothelowman is working on plans for 229 apartments across two buildings. They will be the last apartments built within the mixed-use community which has made a name for itself as targeting carbon-neutral operations and including a shopping centre that will be the world’s first retail development to achieve Living Building ChallengeTM certification.
The centre will generate more energy than it consumes on an annual basis, retain and recycle all of the water it uses, and dedicate 20% of its site footprint for food growing, among other sustainable initiatives.
“The four apartment buildings we have previously offered to the market have been exceptionally popular with buyers and we are anticipating a similar response with this next stage when it is released later this year.”
Frasers Property expects the new apartment precinct will be ready for residents to move into by 2023.
Construction on the first apartment buildings started in the second half of last year. All but two of 267 apartments across the first four apartment buildings released have sold, two years ahead of sales forecasts.
Sarah Bloom, general manager residential Victoria, Frasers Property Australia said Rothelowman’s track record in designing progressive homes and places that enhance their surroundings aligns with the vision for Burwood Brickworks.
Upon completion, Burwood Brickworks it will include a mix of 750 freestanding and semi-detached terrace homes and apartments, 2.5 hectares of open space and parklands, community facilities and two large public spaces connected to an urban plaza adjoining the Burwood Brickworks shopping centre.
Chris Hayton, Rothelowman principal, said the design the firm is working on for the homes has been driven by a desire to recapture the confidence evident in the golden periods of Melbourne’s development.
“The design team has been inspired in part by the city’s grand Victorian terraces, the architecture is restrained and elegant in its composition,”
Burwood Brickworks is the second project Rothelowman has collaborated on with Frasers Property, following the riverfront terrace homes in the Hamilton Reach community in Queensland.