The Nightingale Model has now reached Western Australia, with EHDO Architecture obtaining a licence and pipping Sydney in securing land to develop a project.

Nightingale Freo will be built on a site in the Knutsford precinct, a semi-industrial area a 10-minute walk from Fremantle city centre.

EHDO plans to develop the site into a “small, mixed-use development” with about 12 apartments, 250 square metres of commercial space and a large communal area on the roof.

“With a focus on environmental responsibility, it will include a substantial photovoltaic array to power the building and reduce running costs for tenants,” EHDO said.

There will also be electric car charge points, water-wise gardens and water storage, sustainable building materials and passive design principles employed.

“It will also explore how the body corporate can further reduce running costs to the tenants by being an active, income-generating entity,” EHDO said.

Based in WA, EHDO is a design firm interested in creating environmentally responsive buildings designed to “maximise quality of life” that also fit sensitively into the community and surroundings.

By adopting the Nightingale principals EHDO “aims to make the apartments as attractive as possible to families to tackle the idea that families require suburban blocks with large gardens”, it said.

Fini Sustainability has been appointed as surveyor and development manager.

The project is now open to ethical investors to build the equity required to obtain building finance for the project. Construction is expected to commence in 2018.

Last year The Fifth Estate reported that Jad Silvester of Silvester Fuller and Adam Russell of RAW Architects had been licensed to use the Nightingale model for a development in Sydney, and were actively seeking sites.

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