Wintringham is a non-profit specialised welfare company that provides housing and care to elderly men and women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Flemington Apartments for the Aged building is located on Mt Alexander Road in Flemington and is located close to public transport.
Prior to contract award, Ireland Brown Constructions collaborated with the design team to reduce the overall cost of the project by 15%. This substantial cost saving was achieved through a combination of material substitution and alternative construction methods; without reducing to the building works scope or functionality.
The housing development involved the construction of a 5-storey, mixed-use building, consisting of 13 apartments, a basement car park with car stackers, office spaces, amenities, and back of house facilities. Each of the one-bedroom apartments include an ensuite, open plan kitchen and lounge room, a laundry, heating in the bathrooms and air conditioning system throughout, and private balcony. The ground floor provides an outdoor community space, whilst the office space, also on the ground floor, is complimented by an internal garden and terrace area.
Structural components of the building include an in-ground retention system comprising piling, bored piers, ground anchors, blockwork, shotcrete capping beams and walls to form the basement. Blockwork was utilised to form the central lift and fire stair, off-form post tensions concrete to form the suspended slabs, carpentry and structural steel to form the roof framing. The main façade elements included a mixture of polished blocks, metal wall cladding, weatherboard cladding and feature perforated mesh to enable visible light to enter the escape stairs
** Photo Credit to Blue Tree Studios