Old school’s classy change

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

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.

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