DevelopmentWA Unveils Hassell-Designed Plans for a New Build-to-Rent Housing Hub in Perth’s CBD

DevelopmentWA Perth Build-to-Rent by Hassell
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Perth’s Pier Street is gearing up for a transformation with the introduction of a new 29-storey Build-to-Rent apartment building. The project, designed by international studio Hassell, is a collaborative effort involving DevelopmentWA, Housing Choices Australia, and Super Housing Partnerships.

Upon completion, Housing Choices Australia and Super Housing Partnerships will take ownership and oversee tenancy management, focusing on supporting vulnerable community members. The project has been designed on a 3,099 square metre site at 195 Pier Street in Perth.

//DevelopmentWA Perth Build-to-Rent - Designed by Hassell (Image: Hassell)
//DevelopmentWA Perth Build-to-Rent – Designed by Hassell (Image: Hassell)

Western Australian Housing Minister John Carey shared details of the development, stating,

“In partnership with the Federal Government, the Pier Street development is planned to deliver more than 200 new apartments with a mix of social housing, disability housing, and affordable rentals through the Build-to-Rent model.”

The building’s features include a landscaped podium on the seventh level, offering communal spaces such as a shared kitchen, workshop, laundry, and outdoor area. The ground floor will house a commercial tenancy, a cafe, and a co-working space.

Referencing Pier Street’s historical connection to print media, Hassell’s design report emphasizes the facade’s design, acknowledging the area’s past as the home of the Government Print Hall.

Out of the 219 new apartments, 30% will be allocated to social rental homes, and an additional 20% will be designated as affordable rental homes. This allocation aims to address the housing needs of key workers and vulnerable members of the community.

//Amenity Level for DevelopmentWA Pier St Build-to-Rent Project (Image: Hassell)
//Amenity Level for DevelopmentWA’s Pier St Build-to-Rent Project (Image: Hassell)

Construction is set to commence in mid-2024, pending anticipated development approval in late March. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese highlighted the project’s potential impact, stating,

“This project will deliver more than 200 new well-located homes for Western Australians, allowing key workers to live and work in the same community.”

Funding for the project includes a $88.6 million grant from the Federal Government’s National Housing Infrastructure Facility, with the State Government contributing over $40.6 million.

Minister Carey emphasized the broader community benefits, stating,

“This important project will see the development of a new urban community close to major public transport hubs and local amenities – bringing more activity, vibrancy, and housing diversity to Perth.”

With construction slated to start in mid-2024, the project aims for completion in 2026, this DevelopmentWA Build-to-Rent project promises a significant addition to the Perth CBD skyline and hopes to help address the region’s growing housing needs.

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