Reach for the Future
The Green Quarter in Hamilton Reach is a riverfront haven of sustainable living and an investment for the future
Issue: Jun 2012
The Green Quarter in Hamilton Reach (as seen above) is an investment into the future with its sustainable design and features
Sustainable living has never been this stylish. Hamilton Reach in Brisbane, Australia has introduced an exclusive enclave of 12 attached terrace houses with vistas of rolling greens and glistening water, increasing the appeal of the development. Named The Green Quarter, it is part of Hamilton Reach - a residential development with an estimated end value in excess of A$300 million which is set to transform the eastern end of the Northshore precinct into an exciting waterfront mixed-used community. Hamilton Reach sits on a superb piece of prime land, set in the midst of wide open natural spaces with meandering park walkways that let you stroll in leisurely comfort. With smart designs, quality finishes and innovative features, the Hamilton Reach development – which comprises over 400 apartments and houses across a range of low to medium density buildings – will appeal to the most discerning homeowners.
With The Green Quarter, sophisticated landed housing is now available in Hamilton Reach. Flanked by the green expanse of the Northshore Riverside Park and the Royal Queensland Golf Club with the Brisbane River in its backyard, The Green Quarter combines the serenity of a tranquil retreat and convenient modern living. The beautifully-designed respite is only a short ferry commute away from the business district, allowing busy executives easy access to the city. On balmy evenings or weekends, the Northshore Riverside Cafe, CityCat Terminal and a mix of vibrant residential, retail and entertainment precincts are just a short stroll away. With more amenities soon to join the hub, residents of The Green Quarter will have a lot to look forward to. But what makes it most attractive to forward-looking homeowners is the fact that The Green Quarter incorporates environmentally sustainable principles with unique architectural design, embracing the concept of Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD). The homes are built with the future in mind.
With Brisbane River just a street away and the Northshore Riverside Park and Royal Queensland Golf Club at its borders, The Green Quarter combines riverside living and Nature to offer a tranquil respite from the city Sustainable Future
With an eye on the future and a rising demand for environmentally-sound homes, Australand has ensured that stringent Green standards are applied to the design and construction of The Green Quarter.
Of the decision to target high green credentials for a residential project, Australand’s Queensland Residential Division General Manager, Richard Fulcher, explained, “There is a shift towards sustainability and Australand has embraced this across its projects and we are using The Green Quarter as an example of what can be achieved and as an indication of where the company will be heading.”
Clearly, Australand is a leader in environmentally sustainable design, offering eco-conscious luxury living with uncompromising, quality fittings and finishes. In fact, it is so committed to Green living that it hired sustainability expert, Patrick Campbell of WSP Built Ecology to consult on the design of these innovative homes to ensure that the spacious two-level homes with three and four bedroom configurations are energy efficient and sustainable.
The Green Quarter exhibits innovative and smart designs that take into consideration the natural surroundings,
and manifests itself as a Green home without end-user prices
“We can now achieve high environmental standards without significantly impacting on end-user prices, which is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Campbell, explaining the shift in development attitudes towards more sustainable design practices. He added that the objective of the sustainability measures is not only to reduce energy and water consumption but also to maximise indoor environmental quality through innovative and smart design as well as the use of materials.
Indeed, the decision to develop The Green Quarter as an eco-forward residence is partly motivated by the desire to pass on the cost-savings to the homeowners, a consideration of a new breed of buyers.
“As developers we have to respond to that reality and we believe we have with The Green Quarter which offers a lifestyle that is more conscious of the environment and of energy use, while not compromising on luxury, location and livability,” said Fulcher.
Sustainability also helps to lower utility bills of The Green Quarter, making it a cost-efficient choice for home-owners
Each home will come equipped with a 3 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) solar system, which is twice the size of the national average residential solar installation. This will provide significant savings to the home-owner based on existing cost of electricity.
Smart designs will also be employed to provide maximum energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. As a result, each home will have a strong passive design to ensure a layout that provides a balance of daylight with thermal loads and minimises the need for artificial cooling or heating, ultimately reducing the cost of living for the residents. The use of such practical cost-saving designs is part of Australand’s bid to champion the use of cutting-edge environmental principles over high-tech applications.
“It’s about creating a feeling of space and matching it with the Queensland environment - getting the passive design right and maximising orientation. For example, if you have large eastern or western orientations you are going to get maximum heat loads. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just smart,” said Campbell.
So, the design of The Green Quarter homes naturally reduces energy costs because they reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling.”
Mindful that the new generation of home-owners put a premium on style and modern conveniences, The Green Quarter, designed by Rothe Lowman White Architecture will feature double glazing to windows and doors optimising thermal comfort. Kitchens will be fitted with high quality appliances from German manufacturer, Miele, including electric ovens, dishwashers, microwave ovens, clothes washers, dryers and even a coffee machine, ensuring all the luxuries of modern living. Bathrooms are fitted with the finest Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware. For a piece of private paradise, each terrace house will have its own landscaped courtyard.
Complementing the Green design, the homes sized between 193 square metres to 280 square metres will use recycled timber; and come with water and energy-saving devices such as a 3000-litre rainwater tank plumbed to the toilets and laundry, solar hot water system with gas boost, and smart metering to enable residents to monitor energy and water usage.
Buying into a Future
“The project’s spectacular riverfront location, lower density masterplan and smart design have been the main drivers of its success to date. The Green Quarter boasts some of the most innovative green credentials that make it a catalyst for sustainable homes development. The homes have been well received and buyers have liked with environmental designs and features,” said Fulcher.
The Green Quarter represents a step towards the future of residential development and a rising trend amongst home buyers for quality homes that not only offer luxury living at its finest, but also consider the future of the Earth with its sustainable design and features. Indeed, a home in Hamilton Reach’s The Green Quarter will let you reach for the future.
The Green Quarter