37 Mount Street, West Perth, WA
Baltinas Architecture and Cameron Chisholm Nicol
Camilla will comprise 17 apartments including two exclusive penthouses over nine levels (plus two basement levels of car parking and storage) in the coveted location of Mount Street, West Perth.
PACT was awarded the prestigious development via a competitive tender process.
As a brownfield site on a compact CBD street, Camilla was always going to pose critical challenges including:
- The geometry and steep gradient of the site is imposing. It starts 2 and ½ levels below street level and rises the height and grade of Jacobs ladder
- Neighbouring residential properties surround all sides of the property, with construction pushed to within 75mm of the boundaries
- Road access is an ongoing issue. In a residentially built-up area, space was already tight with neighbouring residents requiring parking. This issue was heightened further when Water Corporation took possession of half the road for three months for maintenance works
- No site lay down – because of the geometry of the site and restrictions with access and site dimensions, there is no space for trade material to be stored. Suppliers are literally required to put their product into place on arrival.
“Our collaborative and agile way of working is allowing us to overcome the major challenges posed by Camilla. Communication has been vital to ensuring we realise the full potential of this project, from keeping subcontractors fully informed so that all deliveries adhere to our traffic management plan, to making sure that we keep in touch with local residents to minimise the impact on their daily activities.”
Jason Kunkler, General Manager.
Highlights so far
Our collaborative approach resolved numerous latent issues to create the basement structure. We’ve also completed a major sewer diversion that services all buildings within Mount Street.
Features of development
Camilla will utilise clever solar passive building orientation and engineering techniques to create cross-flow ventilation, allowing residents to reduce their reliance on energy-draining mechanical climate control.
To reduce heat loss and minimise noise, windows will feature high performance glazing. Low environmental-impact materials are used wherever possible, including low VOC or zero emission materials, bio paints, and low allergenic polyester insulation.
Further enhancing the project’s strong eco credentials are the photovoltaic panels that generate power for common areas, supported by high-efficiency appliances, water-saving taps, showerheads, toilets, inverter air-conditioning technology and LED lighting. Meanwhile, rainwater is fed from the roof into harvesting tanks to irrigate the communal gardens, reducing overall strata costs and lowering the building’s carbon footprint.