Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project near Melbourne

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Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project near Melbourne

Modern Residential Development in Victoria, Australia – design by FMSA Architecture

1 May 2017

ACGP

Design: FMSA Architecture

Location: Ashwood Chadstone, Victoria, Australia

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
photo © Peter Clarke

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project (ACGP) is a major housing and urban renewal development providing high quality housing in Ashwood and Chadstone area 15km outside of Melbourne CBD across six sites. The $140m leveraged development delivered a mixture of affordable rental properties for singles, couples, families and older people on low to moderate incomes, as well as privately owned dwellings. In total the development provides 210 social housing apartments and townhouses, plus a further 72 privately owned dwellings.

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
photo © Peter Clarke

The 6 sites which form the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project included the cluster of neighbouring sites on Power Avenue and Elliot Street originally occupied by DHS dwellings in poor condition and the Huntington Disease Institute; and 4 vacant suburban lots. A key intention within the redevelopment through all phases was to maximise community housing yields throughout the six sites whilst maintaining a degree of housing diversity and relevant use in specified areas.

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photos © Peter Clarke

The architectural response respected the existing scale and character of the surrounding neighbourhood using massing, medium rise building height and staggered step back from the street to ensure that the buildings contributed positively at a pedestrian scale. By situating the buildings closer to the train line, there was an opportunity to blur the transition from the footpath through soft landscaping creating for community interaction.

The $140m project was leveraged with the Victorian Government and Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) contribution $70 million each to the development. The 72 private units were sold off the plan prior to construction with funds used by PPHA to leverage and deliver approximately 200 additional affordable housing dwellings within Metropolitan Melbourne without further Government support. The project is considered a game changer as a mixed tenure infill development that delivers triple bottom line returns on investment and breaks the cycle of reliance on Government funding for affordable housing.

The development was a carefully considered and well-designed response, undertaken with significant public consultation; addressing issues of height, density, neighbourhood character and building scale, to create a mix of housing to ensure the project was socially sustainable and commercially viable. The development successfully demonstrates how to increase density in well-serviced locations, enhance amenity, while minimising impacts on the surrounding neighbourhood.

The Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project was a finalist in the 2014 Property Development Australia awards for Best Development, and has been presented as a case study at several conferences.

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
photo © Peter Clarke

What was the brief?
The 6 sites which form the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project included the cluster of neighbouring sites on Power Avenue and Elliot Street originally occupied by DHS dwellings in poor condition and the Huntington Disease Institute; and 4 vacant suburban lots. A key intention within the redevelopment through all phases was to maximise community housing yields throughout the six sites whilst maintaining a degree of housing diversity and relevant use in specified areas.

FMSA was the Lead Consultant throughout all phases of development taking responsibility for the initial yield and feasibility study, the development plan, and subsequently engaged as Principal Consultant providing architectural services for the development.

The 2007 Feasibility Study presented redevelopment options for the 6 sites focussing on two procurement options, a developer driven option, and a novated option working with a housing association. With the latter procurement option adopted, the study presented the possibilities for increasing the yield on the sites from 72 dwellings to 215.

In 2009 not for profit community housing provider Port Phillip Housing Association (PPHA) was awarded the project, working with FMSA, Urbis and a suite of consultants to further refine the urban renewal plan which was presented the Development Plan to City of Monash Council and Planning Minister. The Development Plan was prepared in accordance with the Monash Planning Scheme and subject DP overlays ensuring that the renewal project delivered an integrated mixed tenure development that enhanced the community.

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
photo © Andrew Latreille

What was the solution?
Prior to the redevelopment, the subject sites were not adding value to the local character or community. The Power Avenue Precinct was occupied by existing social housing dwellings in poor condition, and the Huntington’s Disease Association in a single storey brick veneer building. The four ‘suburban’ sites; located in established residential neighbourhoods were vacant prior to redevelopment. When completed, ACGP had a positive impact on the urban fabric with improved pedestrian linkages, new green spaces, spaces for the community to gather in and a sense of scale that created a sense of transition from the commercial precinct to the established residential fabric.

The urban design solution identified opportunities to improve connections between the residential zone and surrounding commercial zone delineated by the train line and Warragul Road. The corner treatment of the Power Avenue Precinct at Warragul Road became an important transition point creating a buffer between the zones reflected by a sweeping facade to lessen the impact of traffic noise for the residents. Linkages including a bike path and improved pedestrian experience from Power Avenue across the existing train line path were fostered by creating activity on the street via resident access, the introduction of new green spaces and the pocket park.

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project
photo © Andrew Latreille

Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project near Melbourne – Building Information

Project size: 9000 sqm
Project Budget: $70000000
Completion date: 2013
Building levels: 7

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photos © Peter Clarke

Photography: Andrew Latreille and Peter Clarke

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