Old school’s classy change
THE former Hamilton Senior High School’s transformation into a burgeoning, sustainable resident development has officially begun.
Workers have begun transforming the site into an estate expected to house more than 330 new homes across 232 lots.
Once complete, the estate will feature a variety of builds, including single residential lots, split-level lots, 125sqm compact lots and five grouped housing sites, as well as two small mixed use commercial sites.
Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the project’s unique focus on sustainability was a vital cog in its appeal, with 85 per cent of 10,000 tonnes of material from the former school buildings being used in construction.
“The innovative approach taken to demolition and recycling of the former Hamilton Senior High School buildings has demonstrated a new way forward for the development industry,” she said.
“This approach not only prevented thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill, but also removed some 1000 trucks from our roads during the demolition process - delivering environmental benefits, and reducing congestion and disruption for the local community.”
The Urban Development Institute of Australia has already given the project EnviroDevelopment certification and the maximum six leaves for its high standard of sustainability initiatives. DevelopmentWA has opted to retain established trees and more than 350 new tree plantings will double the existing tree canopy to cover 30 per cent of the estate.
Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said the development was expected to bring in $97.7 million in private sector investment and the first lots were expected to be released in 2021.
“I’m pleased to see the cultural and historical elements of the site will be reflected in the development, taking in not only its history as a school but also the Aboriginal heritage of the area,” he said.
Hamilton Senior High School closed at the end of 2017, with the school merging with South Fremantle SHS.
A sketch of the housing redevelopment at the former Hamilton High School site.