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1 Heller Street, Brunswick

This award-winning urban infill project saw a former council nursery and tip site remediated and transformed into a sustainable six-star medium density residential development and new public park.

Hansen worked in collaboration with Six Degrees Architects to secure planning approval for this award-winning urban infill project: a sustainable six-star building and new public park on a former council nursery site.

One of the biggest challenges involved was that the land had a history of moderate contamination, due to its previous use as a clay pit in the early 1900s. The land therefore had to be remediated to a level capable of sustaining residential accommodation and public open space.

The residential component of the 1 Heller Street features 10 townhouses across three levels. A basement level provides access to individual garages and subterranean living/bedroom areas plus rear courtyards. A generous open plan living area is located at ground level, with access onto the newly created park. Three bedrooms of accommodation are designed at the first floor, accessing private roof terrace areas.

The park design provides a perimeter complete with mix of native and indigenous planting surrounding a central grassed space. The outlook from the development on the park is visually integrated with the ground level areas.

The project was designed to comply with ResCode and following stakeholder consultation, the project was approved without involving VCAT.

The completed development went onto win several state and national architecture and planning awards, including:

  • 2012 PIA (National) Award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project
  • 2012 PIA (Vic) Award for Best Planning Ideas – Small Project
  • 2012 AIA (National) Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2012 AIA (National) Award for Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing
  • 2012 AIA (Vic) Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2012 AIA (Vic) Best Overend Award, Residential Architecture (Multiple)

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