With outlooks over the Park Lands and great connectivity to nearby entertainment, cultural and shopping precincts, East Terrace is a preeminent residential area in the City of Adelaide. Sections of the East Terrace locality are transitioning to higher density, high quality apartment developments that have access to the numerous benefits of the location.
In association with Aplin Cook Gardner Architects and Minuzzo Project Management, URPS recently facilitated approvals for a six level apartment building, via the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure pre-lodgement service and the associated ODASA Design Review Panel. This process culminated in a Development Plan Consent from the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) in May 2018 for 14 apartments and basement car parking. This is the second building approval URPS’ has facilitated on East Terrace.
Despite being over the plot-ratio guidelines and not a catalyst site (catalyst sites are not necessarily restricted by prescribed maximum building heights), the Associate Government Architect (AGA) and SCAP supported the proposal’s height and number of owner-occupier targeted apartments. The AGA stated: “acknowledging the proposed height departs substantially from the maximum envisaged height of four storeys for the site as outlined in the Development Plan, I am of the view that an over height development could be supported, given the size and location of the project site and the unique opportunities it offers.”
Other key aspects which saw SCAP’s support for the development included:
- A design which incorporates sufficient design features to create a human-scale interface at the Wilson Street and East Terrace streetscapes;
- A balance between the desire for the apartments to maximise north facing outlook and the benefits of casual surveillance with neighbouring landowners/occupiers desire for privacy, and;
- Incorporation of high quality external building materials that will enhance the buildings aesthetic contribution to the area.
The approval process was assisted by preliminary community consultation undertaken prior to the statutory public notification process. This involved several meetings over kitchen tables to ensure landowners and residents’ opinions were known and seriously considered.
The considered and pragmatic approach taken by the AGA and SCAP in approving the variations from the planning guidelines has facilitated an excellent outcome.