12 September 2013 — A property group is marketing a new apartment project in Sydney’s Wolli Creek with a prefabricated, recyclable display suite perched on top of an international hotel.
While developer Winten Property Group’s initial outlay of around $500,000 for build and fitout was more than a usual display apartment, the value has been in the speed of delivery and the potential for re-use, said development manager Will Rothwell.
“The recycled nature of the building really appealed to us,” he said. “To be able to repurpose this either as a home or another display suite elsewhere made sense to us economically and environmentally.”
Using prefabrication meant the suite was completed two months ahead of schedule, and hoisting the display suite on top of a nine-storey hotel meant that potential buyers could get a feel for the views of Sydney that would normally be unavailable at this stage of the company’s 316-apartment Southbank development, Rothwell said.
“Giving buyers the chance to see this unique view, as well as experience the quality of the design and the finish first hand is critical when selling off-the-plan,” he said.
Melbourne interior design firm Hecker Guthrie have fitted out the 158 square metre modular display home.
Marketing agents Colliers International have sold almost 75 per cent of apartments in Southbank’s first stage.
The suite was constructed by Hunter Valley-based modular home business Manor Homes over five weeks, before being trucked to Sydney and craned in five sections onto the roof over four hours.
“Residential module building has a vast amount of potential and this has really showcased what can be done and therefore set the bar for the other residential developments,” said The Manor Group general manager Andrew Monks.
Winten Property Group was founded by architect Garry Rothwell in 1972, and has more than $750 million in projects underway.