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20 May 2010

Old bottling factory redevelopment adds to vibrant New Northbridge

  • New Northbridge

A derelict bottling factory built in 1928 will once again be a bustling hub of activity as the 35 unit, high quality development within EPRA’s New Northbridge project reaches practical completion.

EPRA CEO Tony Morgan said the Square One apartments are an innovative heritage development that embodies the principles of EPRA’s sustainable urban regeneration program as well as demonstrating design excellence. 

“The heritage interpretation and sustainability initiatives incorporated in this development are a good example of building for the future, while also conserving the historical significance of the place,” Mr Morgan said.

“EPRA has retained 70 heritage and character sites within the New Northbridge area and has established a heritage inventory to identify buildings and places of significance which includes this building.”

The Mackay’s Aerated Waters factory was built in 1928 and was once used to supply cordial to the armed forces. Following World War II, the factory also produced Pepsi-Cola but in 1966 it was bought by Coca-Cola and subsequently closed.

The heritage of the building has been acknowledged with the detailed restoration of the building’s façade paying homage to its colourful and significant role in Northbridge’s history.

The sustainable building design initiatives include 37kW of solar energy panels with capacity for 55 kW, state of the art ‘intelligent’ solar gas boosted hot water system, rainwater harvesting for toilets, washing machines and gardens, and a communal vegetable and herb garden.

Colgan Industries, the boutique company responsible for the Perth Town Hall and St Georges Cathedral restorations, are putting on the finishing touches as tenants begin to move in.

“It was an incredible opportunity to show that these levels of sustainable design features are both practically and financially feasible if you are committed to taking a responsible, long term view to the projects you deliver,” said Colgan Industries Director Daniel Colgan.

The development will also feature a café which will activate the picturesque tree-lined Money Street and provide local employment opportunities.

An affordable housing unit is also available within the Square One residential development and will be sold through the State Government’s Shared Equity scheme.

“There are now over 60 affordable housing dwellings in New Northbridge providing accommodation close to employment opportunities and public transport,” said Mr Morgan.

“Facilitating housing affordability, diversity and housing choice is a priority for EPRA and we will continue to support the growth of sustainable communities through our affordable housing policy,” Mr Morgan said.

While EPRA’s New Northbridge urban renewal project nears completion the revitalisation of Northbridge and Perth continues with the Perth Cultural Centre and The Link projects progressing well.

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