As Perth’s population continues to grow, the large quarter acre blocks of the past are now being replaced by more compact living options.
The trend toward high rise apartment living in inner city areas has been evident, but now a shift is taking high density living to the suburbs. Whilst some may fear the idea of higher density living, according to University of Melbourne urban planning expert, Alan March, higher density living doesn’t need to be high rise towers, just a development of four or five storeys. This may actually provide more space for trees and parks than the traditional idea of a 4×2 house with double garages. It is also more cost effective, according to Mr March, as the infrastructure, such as schools, shopping centres and medical facilities are already in place.
ComSpark recently worked alongside Nilsen at the Stirling Cross Apartment project. This consisted of three residential towers, Baumea Apartments – 7 storeys, Tassels Apartments – 9 storeys and one Quest Serviced Apartment tower of 6 storeys. All three towers share a common ground floor, with retail, food and licenced venues to be opened on site.
ComSpark undertook the communication part of the Stirling Cross Project, providing telephone, data and wireless access points. The new towers and hotel are all NBN ready, with NBN fibre direct to all apartments in both residential towers and 10Gb Ethernet capable, Category 6A copper cabling within each residence.
The Quest hotel has an incoming fibre optic connection and Category 6 copper cabling throughout for all common area data outlets, conference rooms, PABX telephone system and Wireless Access Points, etc.
The location was carefully considered to ensure close proximity to a transport hub, with Stirling Train Station an easy walk away, close proximity to the CBD (7 mins on the express train), access to shopping and entertainment and only a 5 minute drive to Scarborough Beach.
The Department of Planning has earmarked several suburbs for dense urban growth, that meet the criteria for adequate existing infrastructure, transport hubs and access to shopping and entertainment. The largest projected growth is the City of Stirling, followed by the City of Melville and Canning.
ComSpark is currently tendering on a multi-story multi-residential project in Victoria Park.