■ THE ESPLANADE NEDLANDS WATERFRONT
Client: Multiplex Living
Area: Nedlands Waterfront
The Esplanade, Nedlands Waterfront is an outstanding example of innovative residential development and the creation of a landmark built form that is sensitive to, and integrates with, the unique surrounding environment – both built-form and natural. It is a mixed-use development combining a bar, restaurant, café and bottle shop combined with a variety of residential accommodation ranging from detached houses to one, two and three bedroom apartments. Pivotal to the development’s success was the adaptive reuse of Steve’s Hotel, which boasts a history spanning more than 100 years.
The development cleverly combines old and new, with two new low rise residential buildings featuring 37 apartments, and the restored, with four luxury residential apartments within the original hotel and 10 apartments above the bar / restaurant.
The site’s prestigious location on the Swan River foreshore along with the heritage significance of the existing hotel building on site, presented the project team with a number of challenges. These challenges were met by an extensive period of pre-lodgement consultation and dialogue with statutory determining authorities and meaningful engagement with the community throughout the approvals process.
Both purchasers and residents of the wider Nedlands community have been quick to recognise and embrace the premium quality of The Esplanade development, with its key focuses on the natural environment (Swan River and parklands), and its significance as a living landmark in the wider community. Testament to The Esplanade’s commercial success was the fact that it sold out in just two days. From its inception, a key design philosophy at The Esplanade was to ensure that view corridors and well-established links between the heritage building and the Swan River and parklands were not compromised in any way.
The Esplanade, Nedlands Waterfront represents an important and regionally significant urban planning achievement. This achievement is significant not only because of the difficult and challenging circumstances within which the project was conceived or the manner in which these challenges were addressed but also because of the lasting impacts the proposal has had on planning within the immediate locality and broader region generally. The Esplanade Waterfront Nedlands was acknowledged as a category finalist for High Density Development at the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence in 2009.