With the exception of some scattered examples, Adelaide’s middle ring Council areas are not typically associated with apartment living. This is changing as the focus in Adelaide shifts from green fields development to the growth of areas with existing services, infrastructure and access.
The Tea Tree Gully Council’s new Urban Core Zone anticipates high quality buildings of greater height and yield than sought in the past.
ECH identified an opportunity for a high-quality retirement apartment facility within walking distance to the Tea Tree Plaza regional shopping centre and O-Bahn bus interchange. URPS’ worked closely with architects Walter Brooke with ACG and ECH to help gain approval from the City of Tea Tree Gully for this $40 million, 4-8 level retirement living and allied health services development that also features integrated Montessori early learning centre, community gardens and a café.
The Council Assessment Panel recognised the high-quality architecture and functionality of the development, notwithstanding the exceedance of height and setback guidelines. The proposal was considered to be sensitively designed, having regard to the site’s topography and orientation, as well as the complementary mix of activities within.
As one of the first developments within the new Urban Core Zone, the development will act as a catalyst for similar high-quality projects in close proximity to the Modbury regional centre.
We look forward to developments such as this helping shape a bright and prosperous future for middle ring areas such as Modbury.