17/09/2008 - 22:00

City approves Cockburn tower

17/09/2008 - 22:00

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THE City of Cockburn has approved the construction of what will be the tallest building in the new transit-oriented Cockburn Central development - a 17-level apartment tower with ground floor retail space.

City approves Cockburn tower

THE City of Cockburn has approved the construction of what will be the tallest building in the new transit-oriented Cockburn Central development - a 17-level apartment tower with ground floor retail space.

The $70 million project - a joint venture between the city and two Applecross-based property developers, Castelli Group and Z-Corp - will contain 92 apartments and 6,000 square metres of retail, office and civic space.

This includes the city's new library, five levels of car parking, and a gym for the building's residents.

Castelli Group spokesman John Dale said the project would be among the largest residential developments undertaken by the company to date, although the profile of retailers was yet to be finalised.

"At this point in time, we will be looking for a mixture of complementary retail uses to go in on the ground floor," he said.

Designed by Nedlands-based Eames Architects, completion of the building is expected towards the end of 2011.

In total, at least 600 apartments will be built in Cockburn Central - the majority of which will belong to property developer Australand - although the remainder of the new buildings are subject to a height limit of five levels.

About 10,000sqm of commercial and retail space will also be built, including 4,000sqm in the joint venture project.

LandCorp, which is managing land releases at Cockburn Central, is currently reviewing tenders for the final lot released in stage one, while stage two is due to be released in 2011.

Australand, which will build five apartment complexes as part of its Nexus development, has released 20 of the 56 apartments available in its second apartment building, Linx.

Other projects due to commence construction in the area include the new headquarters for the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA).

Architecture firm Woodhead was last month awarded the design contract for the $37 million building, which will house FESA's offices, call register and despatch and the state coordination centre.

The project, due for completion in December 2012, will target a five-star, green-star rating and will allow FESA to consolidate its operations in one location.

 

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