Intro were appointed to provide planning and building design services for the proposed redevelopment of an existing car park adjacent to 41 Currie Street, Adelaide. The proposals are for the reclad of the existing car park and adjacent office building and the creation of approximately sixty apartments on the roof of the existing car park structure.
The apartments are designed to maximise their aspect and access to daylight and natural cross-ventilation. The double-height configuration of the two-bedroom apartments provides a new model of apartment for Adelaide and this combined with the mix of other apartment types ensures they are attractive to a range of potential buyers.
As a result of the limited loading capacity of the existing structure innovative and lightweight building technologies are being considered with an emphasis on CLT (cross-laminated timber) construction. Intro are therefore currently developing a CLT model for the one and two bedroom modules through discussions with CLT suppliers, structural and services engineers, building certifiers and the relevant fire authority. The holistic approach to the site also involves wider strategies to masterplan and landscape Topham Mall and its surrounds to encourage activation and clear pedestrian linkages through to Leigh Street and Bank Street.
Intro has managed this project through the City Design Review Panel, chaired by Ben Hewett the State Government Architect, with pre-lodgement agreement within two presentations (which is unheralded – typical process requires 4 presentations). The proposals were granted approval in late 2013 and works have commenced on site.
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