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Old March 21st, 2017, 07:03 AM   #1
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HOBART - #APPROVED: The Commons (126 Bathurst Street) - 9st / 30m / res

As I have often thought, this part of the CBD is crying out for a relatively low scale (around 20 metres) apartment building and plans for this one has just been lodged with the HCC. The developer is a Melbourne based urban community housing group.

Looks pretty good but it is a narrow site. Very good for CBD density though. Renders of sorts with the Planning dox.

But in summary;

Demolition of existing buildings

Construction of a new nine part ten storey building

Car Park with a two level car stacker for five cars, bicycle storage for 30 bikes

Ground floor café/restaurant (84m)

Ground floor commercial space (53m)

9 Levels with 30 apartments

Rooftop shared space with communal laundry, kitchen and rooftop garden

Construction of an open garden area on the corner of Bathurst and Watchorn Streets.

Planting of 3 x new street trees.

Go Hobart...
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Great news - how do we get further details and plans?
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That's awesome! Thanks Chuq
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 12:03 AM   #5
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Thanks Chuq - and I might put a representation in for this one.

It looks pretty good and stands a fair chance for approval but you can never tell who might be in the woodwork ready to object.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:38 AM   #6
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Representation in support lodged with the Council this morning.

I urge other Hobart SSC members to do the same - very easy process which can be done on-line.

All you need to do is copy and paste in the PLN number when you fill out the on line form.
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Old March 30th, 2017, 12:03 AM   #7
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Nice article about this devleopment in today's Mercury.

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Award-winning sustainable developers to move into Hobart

THE company behind an award-winning “deep-green” apartment development in Victoria has lodged an application for a 30-apartment complex on Hobart’s old Retravision site.

Small Giants Developments, a Melbourne-based ethical property developer, claims the six-storey development is the “world’s first carbon-positive apartment building”.

The Commons Hobart will feature a ground-floor cafe, commercial space, a roof-top garden, a publicly accessible garden, a ground-floor communal area, 32 bike spaces and a carshare scheme that will limit the number of car spaces to just five.

The old Retravision store on the corner of Watchorn and Bathurst streets will become an eco apartment complex.

It will be based on another Small Giants’ complex in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick which won the Residential Architecture and the Sustainable Architecture categories at the 2014 National Architecture Awards and has been dubbed as Australia’s most sustainable apartment building.

The company’s development director Dave Martin said much had been learnt during the building of the Brunswick Commons.

“We’ve taken what we learned from The Commons Brunswick and other developments and applied those lessons to the Hobart context,” he said.

“We are really excited about this development which we anticipate will be the world’s first carbon-positive apartment building.”

A key factor in the success of the development in Brunswick has been the lack of car parking, which has helped it achieve an impressive eight-star energy rating.

This inspired the creation of Nightingale, also in Melbourne, which was originally pitched with no car spaces. Following Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal intervention, the developers eventually added three car spaces to get the building approved.

The Hobart City Council has invited interested persons to make representations by April 4 and Hobart Alderman Bill Harvey said he believed it was just the project the city needed.

“I think there will be an increase in demand for this type of accommodation in Hobart,” he said.

“Younger people are driving less and aren’t owning cars, they want to live in high quality housing in the right location in the city.

“This helps us address our urban sprawl issue, this helps us address our traffic issues, I think we have to start exploring this concept seriously.”

Sustainable Living Tasmania executive officer Todd Houstein said it was a big boost for Hobart that Small Giants had chosen the city for its first development outside of Melbourne.

“These apartments will set a fantastic benchmark for comfortable and sustainable inner city living for many years to come,” he said.
Nice colour render too..cant see this one being knocked back by the HCC either so lets hope they get construction underway soon. I suspect demand will be high.

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Old April 6th, 2017, 03:11 PM   #8
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Wait so how tall?
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Old April 7th, 2017, 01:31 AM   #9
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I dont recall looking at the height as shown on the plans but looking at that render it will be a bit taller than most people realise. I suspect once its topped out that it will be about the same height as the old 1960's Education Department Building just along the road...






which is, what, around 20 metres...but because it sits on what's known as the Bathurst Street Ridge it will appear taller than it is actually is and it will be a skinny looking thing!
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More than that surely? Looks 30m+.
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Just over 30m according to the elevation diagram (see the number on the right hand side)

Note this is measured from the car park (Watchorn St) entrance. The Bathurst St entrance is another level up and will be the ground floor officially.

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Old May 18th, 2017, 07:39 AM   #12
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Planning Permit granted in relation to this Application by the Hobart City Council on 8 May 2017. No changes to height or design that I can see. 14 day appeals period has started but I would be suprised if there were many objections.

I would imagine that marketing will commence shortly and, hopefully, construction under way by the end of the year.

Assuming this goes ahead, it will be a nice little density filler for the CBD.
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Old July 24th, 2017, 03:05 AM   #13
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I dont have any intel as to when this development will actually kick off but thought I might still post a nice long range shot of the current site taken from the top of the Centrepoint car park as a base line image. I am hoping that we might see some movement before the end of the year but it does seem to be par for the course for these kinds of developments to be slow burners.

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Noticed on facebook these guys are having a welcome party

https://www.facebook.com/events/1351...A%22null%22%7D

and the website:
https://www.corecollective.com.au/the-commons-hobart/
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Old October 5th, 2017, 12:07 AM   #15
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Very interesting 'puff' piece in today's Mercury. Some nice renders too which I will post seperately. Apartments go on sale next month and there are 2 pre viewing sessions planned for 10 October. This development will go off and, hopefully, will be the catalyst for a range of similiar sized 10 -12 storey apartment buildings in the cbd.

But more importantly construction is to commence in the first half of 2018. I doubt it will require a tower crane but then you never know...

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THERE has been huge buyer interest in Australia’s first carbon-positive residential development, which is set to be built in Hobart’s Bathurst Street.

The Commons Hobart was designed by local architecture practice Core Collective and developed by Small Giants Developments.

The 30 apartments will hit the market for pre-sales late this month.

On October 10, Core Collective will host two design presentations on site. Both sessions are already booked out.

Inquiries have come from a range of people, from young singles to families, professionals and retirees.

Core Collective director Ryan Strating said he hopes the apartments sell quickly and show a desire for this sort of sustainable approach to construction and lifestyle in Hobart.

“As Hobart matures as a full-time, active urban centre, people will increasingly want to live in the city,” he said.
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This passive design-focused complex will feature on-site solar power generation, water collection and re-use, high thermal performance, low energy use, raw, natural material interiors and even low-emission concrete for the base construction.

Mr Strating said he would like to see the building have a positive influence on the city.

“We worked hard to maintain design features like the pocket park in the corner of the ground floor, rather than have that space built-in.” he said.

“Anyone in the community will be able to use that space.

“The treatment of the building’s facade, the visual effect of the building, its positioning that will not overshadow other open spaces, all of these things were carefully considered to make sure it was a better place for those who live there and anyone who comes to this part of the city.”

Small Giants Developments general manager Clint Hare said there were few apartment buildings available of this scale, cost and quality that reached this level of sustainability.

He said the nine-star The Commons Hobart had been designed to cater to buyers who are increasingly conscious of the environment and their carbon footprint.

“People will love spending their time in these spaces that promote a healthy way of life.” Mr Hare said.

Buyers can register their interest in the seven-storey The Commons Hobart at smallgiantsdevelopments.com.au

Mr Strating said it was important that the pricing of these apartments was competitive with standard apartment pricing.

The price range will be $350,000 to $389,000 (one bedroom), $495,000 to $630,000 (two bedrooms) and $635,000 to $825,000 (three bedrooms).

“To prove the principle of the project, we had to prove that things can be environmentally and socially better without adding a premium to the price,” Mr Strating said.

Knight Frank will be selling these homes.

Construction is expected to start in the first half of next year.
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Renders from the above article. I like the pocket park especially but hope bogans dont trash it...



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A couple more renders on https://architectureau.com/articles/...-hobart/#img=1





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Old October 17th, 2017, 05:11 AM   #18
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This project is really starting to pick up steam - so much in fact that apart from registering your interest you now have to enter a ballot to get picked for a sales meeting. So I am just guessing that there has been some demand...

Nice new website and some new images too.

https://www.smallgiantsdevelopments.com.au/

Interestingly, the sales pitch suggests completion early 2019 so a 12-15 month build is likely and such a date suggests the developers have a builder in mind. So with some luck we will probably see demolition either just before or after Christmas which is usually the case in Hobart as it is a bit quieter at that time of the year.

Actually the demolishers will be quite busy - 10 Murray Street, the old Westpac Bank and this building will all be on the go around then!
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it looks like they have an onsite sales shop as well.
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This looks like a good next step for inner city Hobart: an interesting block housing mixed apartments in the CBD. It's also good to see a few 3 bedroom apartments which will broaden its appeal to families and for house sharing.
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