Melbourne-based developer Lucent has received development approval from council to build Brighton’s first fossil fuel free apartment project, due to launch next month.
Located on the corner of 7 Bleazby Avenue and 51 Male Street in the coastal suburb of Melbourne, the permit approves 14 apartments to be developed on the 1,392 square metre site.
The project, to be known as Slate House, will consist of eight two-bedroom and six three-bedroom residences, ranging from 90–200 square metres in size, across three levels.
Centred upon sustainable design principles, the project achieves a NatHERS rating of 7.8 – the highest of any residential project in the area. Carbon-neutral in operation, Slate House incorporates a fossil fuel free embedded network, high-efficiency appliances and uses rainwater harvesting to encourage residents to lead a zero emissions lifestyle.
Designed by the award-winning Austin Maynard Architects, Slate House aligns with Lucent’s strategic vision to develop well-located projects that meet a gap in the market, whilst promoting liveability, sustainability and community.
“Good design transcends far beyond a project’s look and feel. Drawing on our past experience we know that socially and environmentally led design is at the forefront of purchaser’s minds, particularly owner-occupiers, and therefore we see Slate House as contributing to the shift in challenging the status quo of apartment design in Australia,” says Lucent’s managing director, Panos Miltiadou.
“Slate House is aimed at meeting the growing demand for apartment living in Brighton, particularly among the growing owner-occupier family and downsizer market.”
The newly approved Slate House will be within walking distance from the Church St retail precinct, as well as local schools, transport and parks.
Miltiadou adds that the project will be guided by the fundamental principles of sustainability, design merit, and transparency.
The developer lodged plans for the project in November last year after purchasing the site in October. Construction is set to be completed in 2021.