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October 19, 2016

Apartment Design guide launched at The Pocket

The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s draft Apartment Design guide was launched today at The Pocket, our apartment development for Georgiou Living.

Planning Minister Donna Faragher released the draft policy as part of DesignWA, an initiative to elevate the role of design in delivering quality places and spaces. The document is available for public comment here until December 20.

“Through DesignWA, we are proposing changes that will offer greater flexibility for developments to respond to local neighbourhoods and to innovate,” Minister Faragher said. “What we build now will be with us for many years, so we must get it right.”

The Pocket has been cited as an exemplar for good apartment design.  At the launch, Cameron Chisholm Nicol managing director Dominic Snellgrove led attendees, including Premier Colin Barnett, Department of Planning Director General Gail McGowan and Government Architect Geoff Warn, on a tour of the complex. The tour was an opportunity to see good design principles in practice.

The Pocket achieves full cross ventilation to 90% of the apartments via orientation around a central landscaped courtyard. All apartments enjoy high levels of direct sunlight to living and balcony spaces, and none are solely south facing. A diverse range of accommodation types achieve low operating costs through sustainable design initiatives.

Convenient access to public transport, open space and amenities is driving the demand for apartments within the city and suburbs. Cameron Chisholm Nicol is at the forefront of residential design in Perth, and Dominic welcomed the introduction of the Apartment Design guide.

“We are very proud of the work we have done in the multi-residential market over the last decade,’ said Dominic. “As population growth and demographic shifts lead to an increased demand for apartment living, the DesignWA initiative and the Apartment Design guide will be crucial in setting a high benchmark for quality apartment development in our city.”

A video in the link below features many of our multi-residential projects.

View the DesignWA documents and add your feedback 

Pictured, from left: Dominic Snellgrove (Cameron Chisholm Nicol), Geoff Warn (Government Architect), Jon Smeulders (Georgiou Development), Eric Lumsden (WAPC), Colin Barnett (Premier), Donna Faragher (Planning Minister)