27 May 2014 — Defence Housing Australia’s Crimson Hill residential development is the latest DHA project to be awarded EnviroDevelopment certification by the Urban Development Institute of Australia, getting points on ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
The 13.8 hectare masterplanned project adjacent to Land Cove National Park in Sydney comprises five distinct precincts, which were designed to complement the existing vegetation of the brownfields site.
“In addition to the sustainable design of the development as a whole, we are taking steps to retain, maintain and rehabilitate the existing natural vegetation and landform,” DHA managing director Peter Howman said.
“Our primary concern was for the protection of the threatened Darwinia Biflora, which can be found on the site, and ensuring that this has not been damaged during or after construction.”
As part of the project’s water-efficient design, drought-tolerant, native species have been extensively used, with the expectation irrigation needs will be minimal once plantings have established.
The masterplan for Crimson Hill includes open space reserves, a sporting field and adjacent community centre which includes activity spaces, amenities and catering facilities.
A total of 345 residences are planned, comprising a mix of apartments, townhouses and homes, with the design team including Bates Smart, Architectus, DEM, Arcadia Landscape Architecture and Turf Design. It is planned 173 dwellings will be retained by DHA for Defence personnel.
The first release at of apartments at Tubb’s View and Hamilton Corner precincts has already sold out.
Environmentally Sustainable Development consultants were Cundall.