Developer Stirling Capital and construction partner Jaxon have started work on a 19-level apartment project at Canning Bridge that has set new standards for environmental management.
Stage 1 of the Cirque project has 111 apartments, with 50 per cent already sold.
It is due to be followed by a second tower with a further 121 apartments.
Stirling said the development cost of the two stages was a combined $90 million.
Cirque adds to several other apartment projects in the Canning Bridge precinct, which has been targeted for higher density development to take advantage of its transport links and proximity to retail and entertainment facilities.
Other developments under way include Norup + Wilson’s The Precinct, which will stand 22 storeys tall and have 199 apartments.
That followed completion of Norup + Wilson’s 34-apartment Precinct on Ogilvie.
Stirling Capital said Cirque was the first apartment project in Western Australia to achieve a five-star Green Star design rating for Australian Excellence in Sustainable Design.
Compared with buildings constructed to meet minimum standards, Cirque has been designed to use 35 per cent less electricity, cut water use by 25 per cent, recycle 96 per cent of waste and produce 44 per cent fewer emissions.
Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew praised the development.
“As the first five-star residential building in Perth, Cirque Apartments sets the bar for the sector and shows that it is possible to achieve affordable, high-quality, sustainable design on the west coast,” Ms Madew said.
Designed by MJA Studio, Cirque will feature 2,200 square metres of shared resident facilities, including bar and barbecue areas, a theatre, sauna, gym, pool, games room, kids playground and dining room.
The stage 1 apartments range in size from 60sqm to 185sqm, and are priced between $379,000 and $2 million.
The development includes a community space that will be delivered via a $1.5 million partnership with arts group FORM.
“Cirque’s sustainability features will ensure a healthier living environment for residents, plus savings on electricity and water bills,” he said.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Cirque was the first major development to be given the green light since the council adopted its Canning Bridge structure plan in 2015, and would set the benchmark for future development in the area.
“Canning Bridge precinct is undergoing significant growth and transformation,” he said.
“Further development planned for the area will attract more residents, and more options for entertainment and dining, adding to the vibrancy of the area.”
Sustainability features of Cirque Apartments include a solar-powered central gas hot water plant, high efficiency air conditioning, high performance glazing and natural ventilation, orientation to minimise summer solar gain and maximise natural cross ventilation, and high efficiency LED lighting.