Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell officially opened our $6.65 million social housing development in Chapel Street, Bendigo on April 11.
Ms Lovell joined Member for Northern Victoria Region Damian Drum, and the City of Greater Bendigo, as well as the building’s architect, developer and tenants to mark the occasion.
The apartment building comprises 23 one and two-bedroom units over three levels and provides housing for singles and couples on low to medium incomes who have existing links to the Bendigo area, as well as two apartments that are modified for residents with physical disability.
A Nation Building-funded property, our design team at V Arc worked closely with the City of Greater Bendigo planners to realise a benchmark apartment development with the use of contemporary materials that reference the heritage precinct surrounding the development.
Built by Total Construction, the timber blades that are a feature of the facade and the second floor balcony dividers have a warm natural finish and the brick cladding on the Chapel Street frontage is a direct reference to the predominant red brick surrounding buildings. A large red feature wall also acts as a landmark and easy reference point for residents and their guests.
The building is six-star energy rated, and includes energy-saving movement detectors that turn lights off when there is nobody in the room and is also one of Victoria’s first apartment buildings to have an ‘e-diverter’ to help tenants to recycle.
An easy walk to the city centre, the building boasts many other features including:
- External balconies
- A secure basement and CCTV controlled front entry
- Bike racks in the basement and 14 car parking spaces
- Panoramic views across Bendigo’s tree studded skyline
- Well appointed interiors that are clean and easy to maintain
- State-of-the-art fire prevention technology and energy saving movement detectors for lighting to ensure a small carbon footprint