Con­struc­tion boom a boon for jobs In­no­va­tion on dis­play

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON PROP­ERTY EDITOR

TOWNSVILLE’S north­ern growth cor­ri­dor con­tin­ues to boom with con­struc­tion start­ing on North Shore’s $ 8.5 mil­lion 17- home dis­play vil­lage.

The slab was poured this week on Stock­land’s In­no­va­tion House, which uses sus­tain­able and in­no­va­tive prod­uct sup­pli­ers.

The house will be­come the cen­tre­piece of the dis­play vil­lage.

North Shore project di­rec­tor An­drew As­torquia said the dis­play vil­lage was one of sev­eral job- gen­er­at­ing projects un­der way at North Shore as con­fi­dence in Townsville con­tin­ues to grow. It fol­lows a land re­lease that trig­gered the build­ing of 20 new homes while con­struc­tion is un­der way at the new $ 40 mil­lion state pri­mary school.

“It looks like a scene from the tele­vi­sion show The Block at the mo­ment,” Mr As­torquia said.

“On one street, we have around 100 trades work­ing and from there you can see both the new school and dis­play vil­lage com­ing out of the ground. Right now, there is more than $ 60 mil­lion of con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity hap­pen­ing in this one precinct and we will be mak­ing some more an­nounce­ments on some other great projects shortly.”

Renowned builder Dar­ren Fin­lay is build­ing the In­no­va­tion House, which will serve as North Shore’s Sales and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

Mr Fin­lay said the house would be an off grid, 9.5- star rated home with GOLD Level Ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­clude voice- ac­ti­vated au­toma­tion.

“We went to our sup­pli­ers to ask them to be part of the project and show­case their most sus­tain­able and ad­vanced prod­ucts in the house,” he said.

“The re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing with more than 30 com­ing on board with in­cred­i­ble prod­ucts that will be­come the fu­ture of build­ing and liv­ing.

“We are us­ing con­crete that re­cy­cles fly ash – the waste gen­er­ated by coal min­ing – a so­lar and bat­tery sys­tem that takes the home com­pletely off the grid and a new gen­er­a­tion ther­mo­sphere air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem that not only uses less en­ergy, it elim­i­nates mould.”

Mr As­torquia said the project would show­case how fu­tur­is­tic and sus­tain­able liv­ing was avail­able now by bring­ing the best prod­uct sup­pli­ers to­gether in one house.

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