DeHavilland Apartments

DeHavilland Apartments is a mixed use, medium rise development with integrated parking structure.

Project Title:

DeHavilland Apartments
Project Type:
Timber structure, LVL, architectural designed, cost efficient
Feature Summary:
DeHavilland Apartments is a mixed use, medium rise development with integrated parking structure.
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  • Mid Rise
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Type

Commercial

Structure

  • Lightweight
  • Mass
  • Value
    ~$1.8m build
  • Region
    Perth, Aus
  • Levels
    4 levels
  • Status
    Proposed

DeHavilland Apartments is a mixed use, medium rise development with an integrated parking structure. The exciting project is planned in Midland, Western Australia where Wesbeam LVL can shine in a midrise development for commercial and residential use. Builder and developer, Stuart Hawley from Bluerock Projects had a vision to capitalise on the burgeoning tall timber construction industry of WA and place the De Havilland apartments at the forefront of timber construction in WA.

The building will be the first 4 story, commercial, mixed use timber development in WA. 

Bluerock Projects purchased the property at 12 the Crescent, Midland from the MRA and it was identified as a suitable development site because the MRA were calling for alternative construction methodologies that would be delivered in a timely manner.

The build is proposed to be undertaken mostly by Bluerock Projects carpentry team and features the use of Wesbeam LVL timber beams in the walls and floors. 

Stuart from Bluerock Projects said that ‘We will be using Wesbeam products in multiple crucial areas of our structure including e-slab to create mass timber beams for load transfer, LVL’s used throughout as mass columns, mass beams, standard beams and lintels and e-joists used for floor and roof structures, including minor cantilever elements.’

‘We have chosen to partner with Wesbeam for many reasons, not least of which they share our vision for the future of timber in WA. They share our ‘can do’ attitude to timber which is critical in breaking new ground in the WA construction industry. As a WA based national company, they understand the local construction industry but at the same time can draw on the experience that national exposure gives to the more developed timber construction markets in other states.

Wesbeam have been extremely helpful in offering their support to the engineering process, often providing crucial information to our consultant team. This kind of partnership approach to the documentation and engineering process makes all the difference in forging the progress needed on a project such as this. Where some suppliers interest in their product finishes at the distributor, Wesbeam have the foresight to see that the downstream activity that their product undergoes is not only relevant to their business but critical. In doing so Wesbeam are securing the future of timber in WA through the encouragement of the use of not only their products but the overall use of timber and other alternative materials in the construction process. We look forward to many more projects involving Wesbeam in the future.’ said Stuart.

The DeHavilland Apartments showcases an interior design that is centred around an industrial theme with black accents throughout.  The exposed services such as ducting are offset by crisp clean white surfaces that are expressed by black fixtures such as door handles, light fittings and electrical points. 

The kitchens are either a timber panel with black tops and black accessories or a black panel with concrete style tops with black accessories. The bathrooms will have a marble effect wall tile with black accessories and all tiled floors will be in a concrete style finish throughout. The continuity of fixtures and finishes throughout the building reflect its ‘warehouse / industrial’ style. Industrial style art and interior design finishes to common areas to complete a boutique hotel feeling.

The building exterior will be made up of a combination of standing seam sheet steel, oxidised steel paint finish and oxidised steel accent elements such as mesh screening. The laneway frontage will have landscaping and lighting to make the area more accessible and connect the building with the community.

Architect: McDonald Jones Architects https://www.mjastudio.net/
Designer: A collaboration between MJA and Bluerock Projects http://bluerockprojects.com.au/
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Wesbeam / Stuart Hawley
Author:
Wesbeam / Stuart Hawley
Date:
Nov 14, 2018