A collaboration between Yolk Property Group, the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Communities and BGC, Allure Estate in Ferndale will feature the first large scale liveable street concept to be delivered in the state.
On the site of the former Kinlock Primary School, the development has been designed to make the streetscape more useable to draw residents out of their homes and promote social interaction and a greater sense of community.
Yolk Property Group Director, Tao Bourton, said the concept was born out of a desire to break the business as normal approach by adopting intelligent design to create suburban streets that encourage people to get more involved in shaping their community.
“Community interaction is at the heart of the design for Allure Estate, where an extension of the public space and amenity areas is drawn into the road reserve. The road will include a narrowed carriageway that will naturally lower vehicle speeds to favour safe pedestrian activity, while including spaces for people that will promote pedestrian interaction and activity,” Mr Bourton shared.
“The concept is also seen as a key way to combat loneliness of residents and tackle mental health issues stemming from isolation. Providing this type of environment will help promote social interaction, encourage people to get to know their neighbours and utilise the front areas of homes which are generally devoid of human activity,” he said.
“Inspired by historic village streets in Europe, we envisage residents using the street reserve as an extension of their living rooms and backyards – where an outdoor book library featuring sun lounges and umbrellas will become an additional space to recreate and meet with neighbours.”
“Other interactive elements include a banquet table with seating and shade, a 2.5-metre climbing wall, ping pong table, totem climbing pole, BMX bike track and an insect hotel where children can see bugs in action,” Mr Bourton commented.
Mr Bourton said several Perth developments incorporated selective elements of the liveable street concept on a much smaller scale of no more than 50 metres, however, Allure Estate takes the concept to a whole new level at up to 240 metres in length. This includes delivering the liveable street on what is deemed a conventional road (15-metre width) with front-accessed homes on both sides of the road.
“The delivery of this concept has been possible due to the City of Canning’s willingness to pilot this initiative,” Mr Burton detailed.
“Collaboration with the City has been essential in delivering the first people-focused street of this kind in WA – where the City will be responsible for asset maintenance and the residents themselves will have use of this space to recreate.”
“We expect Allure Estate to appeal to young families and downsizers who embrace the community spirit in which the estate was conceived and take ownership of the communal elements to foster a sense of inclusiveness and belonging for many years to come,” he shared.
“What we would normally provide to the community in open spaces is being provided in the surrounding road network and, in essence, provides a greater area of recreational space within the estate. The liveable street is seen as an extension to the open space network within the area and may be replicated in other areas with conventional 15-metre road reserves if successful.”
Allure Estate will feature several sustainability initiatives, including the use of recycled materials throughout construction, and solar and other sustainable rebates to be offered to homebuyers to help reduce ongoing household costs.
Civil works are expected to commence in early 2021 and construction is anticipated to be complete by mid-2021.