Work has started on a State Government plan to turn the site of the now-closed Hamilton Senior High School into an innovative, sustainable residential estate.
Around 400 workers will be involved in DevelopmentWA’s Innovation Through Demonstration project, which on completion will feature about 232 new lots and more than 330 new homes.
The site will include a diverse mix of land options, including single residential lots, split-level lots, 125sqm compact lots and five grouped housing sites, along with two small mixed-use commercial sites.
“The estate will deliver a genuine choice for homebuyers by introducing a diverse range of new housing types and price points in an area dominated by older, single-lot homes,” Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said.
The estate is being developed with a focus on sustainability. It will be the first development of its kind in Western Australia to crush, process and reuse the majority of demolition waste onsite, and is being developed with a focus on retaining established trees and biodiversity.
More than 350 new tree plantings will double the existing tree canopy to cover more than 30 per cent of the estate – a move the State Government said would provide shade areas for residents, nesting birds and other animals.
Around 85 per cent of the 10,000 tonnes of materials retained from the former school buildings are expected to be reused in civil construction and landscape works – a move the government said would take some 1000 trucks off local roads during the demolition process.
In recognition of its sustainability focus, the development was awarded the highest EnviroDevelopment certification by the Urban Development Institute of Australia.
Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the development would ultimately provide a lovely place to live, while setting a new bar for the industry.
“This new development will be a lovely place to live – it’s close to excellent transport links and established infrastructure,” she said.
“The innovative approach taken to demolition and recycling of the former Hamilton Senior High School buildings has demonstrated a new way forward for the development industry.”
The estate will also reflect the Aboriginal and European heritage of the area through street names, landscaping and public art – elements Mr Wyatt said would add cultural value to the area.
“I’m pleased to see the cultural and historical elements of the site will be reflected in the development, taking in not only its history as a school, but also the Aboriginal heritage of the area,” he said.
Hamilton Senior High School closed in December 2017. First lots at the development are expected to be released in 2021.