Client: ACT Government Community Services Directorate
Size: 4,000m² (42 Apartment Units)
The subject site in Braddon was an on-grade car park for the Rex Hotel for many years before the Social Housing Initiative (funded by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Economic Stimulus Package) provided the capital injection for this and other sites in the ACT to be developed for a range of social and affordable housing developments. This substantial 5,100m² site was well located in close proximity to Civic and the Northbourne Avenue corridor with its public transport options. The site was zoned RZ4 and subject to the Inner North Precinct Code which has a number of very prescriptive parameters which at times in the past had resulted in conflicted planning requirements. However the Development Application was not subject to third party appeals giving the Community Services Directorate scope to push boundaries where appropriate. In the first instance AMC developed 4 different masterplan options, the preferred of which provided every dwelling with excellent northern solar access even though this solution was at odds with the planning provisions. As the first and indeed largest of all of the Canberra projects under the initiative, it has been very well received by a range of tenants including students, retirees, social housing and affordable housing tenants as well as the client. From a maintenance perspective, the development is constructed primarily from face brick with precast off concrete balcony and articulation elements acting as an interesting counterpoint. Also the skillion roof is given definition through the use of colour bond cladding at high level and over the main entry to each apartment block.