Developer Mulpha has appointed a builder to begin construction works on its billion dollar, zero-carbon, masterplanned Norwest Quarter development in the Hills, Sydney.
Parkview Construction was selected to build the project after working extensively with Mulpha to quality control and deliver new benchmarks in sustainable design and construction.
Located at 40 Solent Circuit, Norwest in Sydney’s Hills District, the first stage of Norwest Quarter will include two residential apartment buildings, Banksia and Lacebark, with a total of 196 apartment homes.
It will also include more than 3000 square metres of retail and commercial space including a commercial gym, fresh food grocer, medical services and restaurants.
The 115-apartment Banksia building, designed by leading architects Bates Smart, provides one-, two- and three-bedroom open plan apartments.
Banksia’s design prioritises outdoor space and connecting to nature, with each apartment having one or more oversized balconies with landscaping.
The 81-apartment Lacebark building by Smart Design Studio also features one, two, and three-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses, all with curved balconies and angled blades designed to bring in more sunlight in the winter and protection from the sun in the summer.
Banksia has a resident-only podium rooftop with swimming pool, sunlit garden, resident lounge, work from home pods, and function room for hire, while Lacebark has a resident lounge and a beautiful garden, complete with a kitchen, sundeck, and BBQs.
An open public plaza links Banksia to Lacebark and will feature a wild botanical garden with an amphitheatre, timber walkways, water and wild play for children, decked areas and seating.
The Norwest Quarter environment has also been designed to minimise the urban heat island effect through re-wilding of the natural landscape, which in turn promotes local flora and fauna. Initiatives to enhance long term re-wilding include pollination and soil health management.
“We are very excited to launch the first apartment buildings in Norwest Quarter which we believe will set a new benchmark in lifestyle design with its focus on community, sustainability and harmony with the natural environment,” Mulpha Head of Developments, Tim Spencer, said.
“The design of both buildings far exceeds standard sustainability regulations with best practice passive design principles and high-performance environmental initiatives throughout.
“I believe people will choose to live here for the opportunity to be part of a community, aiming for a better future, targeting 100 percent renewable energy, reduced waste, and efficient use of resources including water.”