Blackburne’s $300m Plans for Claremont


Perth-based apartment developer Blackburn has lodged plans for a $300 million residential project in Claremont, its second major apartment project in the city's western suburbs.

The residential development, set to be built on the site of the Sundowner Hostel—wedged between Claremont, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove, will comprise 245 apartments spread across five buildings.

Blackburne managing director Paul Blackburne said despite local council already endorsing up to 364 apartments for the location, the developer had decided to apply for fewer, larger, high-end apartments.

“Our vision is to create a community of boutique buildings with larger, high quality residences in them,” Blackburne said.

“The majority of residences will be below five-storeys so residents are connected to the streetscape and park, with the remainder taking advantage of panoramic views to the coast or Swan River in a 16-storey and an 11-storey building.”

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▲ If approved, Blackburne is hoping to commence construction in early 2021, creating 400 jobs in the process. Image: MJA Studio
▲ If approved, Blackburne is hoping to commence construction in early 2021, creating 400 jobs in the process. Image: MJA Studio

Blackburne said it was important to proceed with the project to show confidence in the market and create much-needed construction jobs despite the tough economic conditions.

“I live locally, and everyone at Blackburne is as passionate as I am about making sure this site demonstrates the very best approach to transforming large neighbourhood sites into a community asset that everyone can be proud of,” Blackburne said.

If approved, the developer will demolish existing low-level and high-rise buildings across the 15,741sq m site.

The plan also looks to turn Claremont into a more walkable suburb with the developer devoting approximately 60 per cent of the site to open space, with 40 per cent turned into public parks.

Brighton Park in the centre of the site, named after the iconic hotel that occupied the site up to the 1960s, will mark the first public park in the local area.

New amenities like a café and gourmet delicatessen will also provide much needed facilities for residents and existing locals.

The Claremont application follows Blackburns's $300 million One Subiaco development, currently under construction.

Located on the corner of Roberts and Rokeby Road, the development will comprise three buildings featuring a range of one to four bedroom apartments.


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