Completion year 2020
Representing a first in WA, Bluerock Projects’ De Havilland apartments in Midland makes use of modern lightweight timber-frame construction to create stylish and sustainable residences in this vibrant redeveloped area. Nine spacious balconied apartments are arranged over 3 storeys, with an office plus mezzanine and car park on the ground floor. Car stackers with electric charging bays provide 2 spaces per apartment; all close to local amenities and transport. WGE supplied consultancy in all disciplines.
We collaborated closely with suppliers and the architect to ensure the structural design was readily procured and compliant with BCA and Fire Brigade standards. Transfer structures at first floor are formed from engineered timber joists. Additional steel elements provide lateral stability and enabled a prefabricated wall to be fixed to the steel frame prior to positioning it against the boundary. Hebel lightweight dry concrete flooring systems also facilitated a thin floor design to achieve the desired headroom, particularly within the mezzanine.
The acoustic design for the façade mitigates aircraft noise intrusion from a nearby flight path. We also considered the use of timber framing while designing the internal building elements to comply with NCC acoustic requirements. Going beyond minimal NatHERS thermal performance standards, De Havilland also benefits from a solar PV system with embedded network and water-efficient fixtures and fittings.
Industrial chic styling worked to our advantage within the tight building footprint, featuring exposed pipe and ductwork within apartments. WGE’s multi-discipline approach means all services contributed to a fully co-ordinated 3D Revit model, which was crucial to an efficient services integration and to achieve the architect’s aesthetic vision.