POD Projects Group has submitted a development application for a $138 million precinct in Gungahlin with more than 560 apartments, and in a Canberra first, they want it to be entirely solar-powered.
Four buildings have been proposed for the almost 12,000 square-metre site, currently being used as a temporary car park, bounded by Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Kate Crace Street, Ernest Cavanagh Street and Hinder Street.
The development would have 561 residential units, including build-to-rent and six commercial.
Sustainability is high on the agenda for the build, as POD investigate the installation of a 4MW off-site community solar farm which would power all the apartments.
According to the application, rooftop solar panels would also be installed to power common areas.
Gas won't be available at the site and electric car and bike chargers will be in place.
POD plan to subdivide the site, Block 3 Section 229, into three separate blocks and construct the four separate proposed buildings in three stages over the next eight to 10 years.
A separate DA will also be lodged, the application states, to increase the number of units allowed on the block.
A mix of one, two and three bedroom units will be on offer, plus six commercial facing Anthony Rolfe Avenue.
Each of the four buildings are proposed to be six storeys, or 18 metres, along the street and up to 12 storeys in the centre of the precinct.
Forty-five per cent of the block will be retained for green space and pathways.
The build has been designed to maximise the potential of renewable energy with no units south-facing to allow 85 per cent of units to get at least two hours of sun between 9am and 3pm in winter.
"This availability of sunlight is
further strengthened with the availability of north facing communal areas both on the ground plane
and for the roof terraces," the appliation reads.
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