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Impact Group was engaged to provide project management and superintendency services for a Design & Construct contract to develop 31 affordable-housing units within a five-storey building, including three units which are adaptable to the needs of people with accessibility issues.
The developer purchased houses next to an existing unit complex. These neighbouring houses were demolished to make way for the project. To ensure the Development Application (DA) was passed through Council and to maximise the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) of the new unit complex, lateral thinking was imperative. The solution was to consolidate all the lots and capitalise on the underutilised FSR and common space on the existing lot. Essentially, the design borrowed from the existing complex and incorporated common open space which can be enjoyed by tenants of both properties.
As part of the planning criteria and to enable certification of the new building, the fire services in the existing building required updating.
The finished building boasts a predominantly brick façade and metal cladding – to reduce ongoing rendering or painting costs – along with low-maintenance finishes, inside and out. The inclusion of a timber-look, floating floor system that is waterproof and wears exceptionally well eliminates future expenditure on carpet replacement. The bathrooms and laundries use porcelain tiles which are more durable than cheaper ceramic-glazed tile, while the full-height balcony sliding doors allow plenty of natural light to spill into the units and connect occupants with the wider landscape. The property also includes a beautiful rooftop common area with a barbecue, seating area and garden beds.
Exceptional outcomes, value and project savings.
With the understanding that occupants of affordable-housing units fall into the low to very-low income bracket, reducing ongoing heating and cooling costs is always one of the main criteria on builds of this nature. Upon completion, the development achieved a 7-star NatHERS rating a thermal-comfort index that is well above the industry norm.
The building design incorporates a significant amount of manoeuvrability, including slightly wider door openings and larger bathroom layouts. It achieved full compliance with Livable Housing Australia (Silver Level) accessibility standards.
The entire team worked together to deliver exceptional outcomes with minimal variations. As part of the tender process, several potential cost savings were identified by the contractor which the client chose to explore during construction. The result was a final cost that came in under the original contract value.
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