Multi-Residential + Commercial
Alma Road Residences – delivering a new way of living in New Lambton
As part of the briefing process, CKDS were invited to participate in a design competition for the Alma Road site.
As part of the briefing process, CKDS were invited to participate in a design competition for the Alma Road site. The client, Stronach Property, wanted to create an apartment building and mixed-use development in the heart of New Lambton Village which would be the first of its kind for the suburb. This presented an exciting opportunity for CKDS to add to the fabric of New Lambton and develop a new typology of living for the local area.
While the brief called for a mixed-use development in the heart of New Lambton, it had to incorporate the existing shopfronts located along Alma Road. As an already busy retail centre, Alma Road consists of single storey and two storey commercial and retail premises with very few unifying features. Plus, there was the challenge of making the most of the tight, triangular site.
Early in the design process, we presented our work in progress to the City of Newcastle Urban Design Consultative Group who provided feedback and advice which helped our team to further refine the design concept. This meant that once the development application was ready to be lodged, the approval process was achieved within a short timeframe.
Working closely with such an experienced client who had clear aspirations for the site, meant we were able to successfully deliver a mixed used development consisting of 17 apartments across three levels and a ground floor activated with a series of micro commercial spaces. In addition, we were able to integrate the existing shops into the new building through the clever use of landscaping and deep soil planting.