OP Properties and Hillam Architects will deliver the first apartment development at DevelopmentWA's East Village at Knutsford, after being named as the successful proponent for the first of the precinct's two multi-unit sites.
The proposed development will be a landmark building located on Lot 2 on the north west corner of Knutsford Street and Montreal Street in Fremantle. It will be the largest development to date within the broader 30ha Knutsford redevelopment area.
OP Properties Director Nic Osboine said that "they were delighted to be selected to deliver this exciting and innovative project and looked forward to working closely with DevelopmentWA, the City of Fremantle, Curtin University and the community to continue to push the boundaries of sustainable living.”
Architect David Hillam explained how ”the development will comprise a diverse range of 33 one, two and three-bedroom apartments over four levels, in addition to a ground floor cafè and basement parking. Nine of the apartments will be designed to achieve platinum liveable homes status, making them suitable for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The development will also feature significant shared space, with communal gardens and BBQ areas to help foster a vibrant community atmosphere.”
The OP Properties and Hillam Architects proposal was selected following a competitive design tender process, which sought a high quality, well designed, sustainable apartment development aligned with One Planet Living (OPL) principles.
East Village at Knutsford has this week joined OPL's worldwide network of sustainable communities, with the precinct officially recognised as a Global Leader in One Planet Living.
One Planet Living is a global movement designed to help communities, companies and cities change the way we live to meet the challenges of dwindling resources and climate change.
DevelopmentWA Chief Executive Frank Marra said the successful design would be well placed at East Village, showcasing exemplary initiatives to support sustainable and inclusive community living.
"We're very proud to have achieved OPL recognition for another DevelopmentWA project – which underscores our ongoing commitment to finding new, sustainable ways to live,” he said.
"East Village will be a showcase for energy-efficient residential development, featuring a micro-grid supply network for water and power and a shared on-site battery – with these initiatives expected to save residents up to 50 per cent on their energy bills.
"OP Properties and Hillam Architects have wholeheartedly adopted the One Planet Living guidelines for their development, including initiatives such as communal gardening and an online communication platform for its residents.
"Building on the success of WGV at White Gum Valley, East Village will provide another opportunity for people to live in a connected community within the historic suburb of Fremantle.”
City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit said he was delighted East Village had secured One Planet Living accreditation.
"This is well deserved as East Village at Knutsford is on track to be a sustainable development exemplar, and one that will be of global significance as we speed up the transition towards a low carbon society,” he said.
"It is very pleasing to see East Village Knutsford take sustainable development to the next level and once again demonstrate how our built environment can be a key part of the sustainability solution instead of part of the problem.
"Well done to Development WA for their continued leadership in this space. There is a great sense of pride that these projects are happening in Fremantle and demonstrating to the world how sustainable infill development can be delivered.”
East Village has been designed to reflect Fremantle's culture while creating an innovative exemplar of a vibrant, sustainable infill housing development, with shaded structures, picnic tables, BBQs, bike parking and drink fountains creating an inviting outdoor environment for the neighbourhood community to enjoy.
The highly-sustainable new development will see residents consuming electricity sourced from their own and neighbouring residents' rooftop PV systems, with any top up electricity required from a renewable energy source via the grid.
East Village is targeting an 80% reduction in scheme water use through range of initiatives including water efficient taps and fittings, rain water harvesting and sustainable ground water extraction.
The precinct prioritises accessibility and is located within walking and cycling distance of local parks, art galleries, cafes, golf courses, and the nearby Fremantle City centre.
For more information, please see https://www.landcorp.com.au/Residential/Knutsford/East-Village-at-Knutsford/