19 December 2019

139-unit development planned for Denman Prospect

| Ian Bushnell
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Denman Prospect

An artist’s impression of the development from the DA.

Core Developments has lodged plans for a 139-dwelling complex, including two six-storey buildings, at Denman Prospect in the Molonglo Valley.

The $32.4 million project involves six buildings on the more than 9000 square metre Block 10 Section 70, bounded by McMichael Terrace to the south and Holborow Avenue to the north, with Greenwood Street to the east.

The two six-storey buildings will contain 119 one, two and three-bedroom apartments with a gym and pool, and two levels of basement parking. The rest of the project includes 20 two and three-bedroom townhouses with attached double garages across four two-storey buildings.

Eighteen of the dwellings will be adaptable units.

All of the terrace dwellings have private courtyards and the apartments have balconies or courtyards if at ground level. The plans show landscaping and communal areas throughout the site, including a central green space for the recreational use of residents. The gym and pool facilities are at ground level in one of the apartment buildings.

Vehicle access to the site is via a driveway from McMichael Terrace located to the south of the site.

Eighteen visitor car parking spaces are provided on-site, with eight additional verge spaces on McMichael Terrace.

townhouse side

The view from the townhouse side.

The development is designed to integrate with the proposed adjoining pedestrian path network, including the public open space to the western boundary of the site.

The proposal says the buildings promote solar access, supported by landscaping, including the planting of minimum four-metre high trees that creates a favourable microclimate on the site to help conserve energy.

The floor plans allow for cross-flow ventilation to promote natural cooling of the dwellings in the warmer months but the apartments all have air conditioning units.

The development also includes water tanks and achieves a 40 per cent reduction in mains water consumption.

Lighting is located to promote safety and circulation through the site for residents and visitors, as well as to deter crime.

The proposal says the site falls roughly 5.5 metres from the southern to the northern boundary, which allows for plenty of sunshine and district views.

Buildings are separated to preserve resident privacy and retain a landscape backdrop and human-scale feel to the development, it says.

Most of the surrounding area, also zoned for multi-unit residential, is undeveloped.

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