WGV is WA's first One Planet Community. It will demonstrate the very best in modern, sustainable design and create a community where it is easy and affordable for people to live in a way that makes smart use of the earth's resources.
As one of LandCorp’s ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ projects WGV will be the focus of a four year 'living laboratory' research program with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living to monitor the performance of the estate’s homes, particularly the Gen Y demonstration housing project, and to share its findings with the wider community and industry.
Development of WGV is well underway. When complete it will deliver more than 80 new homes and accommodate approximately 180 new residents through a range of housing options including apartments, maisonettes and 23 single residential homesites. It will also include the winning design of the Gen Y demonstration house competition.
Opportunities to maximise views as well as accommodate climate responsive design to optimise energy savings have been built into the urban design. Throughout WGV vistas to green spaces, leafy avenues and community amenities have been integrated to optimise the liveability of the estate.
The design of buildings will contribute to the activation of the streets, public spaces, and laneways. This will help WGV to address the principles of One Planet Living and will promote a people friendly environment for all.
LandCorp and the University of Western Australia are collaborating on an applied research project that aims to deliver the first replicable, higher density baugruppen demonstration development in Western Australia.
Baugruppen or 'building groups' is the term used to describe the process in Germany that enables individuals to group together, and be assisted, to become their own developer of diverse and sustainable multi-unit housing designed for their long-term needs. Click here to learn more about the Baugruppen project.
Located 3kms from the Fremantle city centre in the suburb of White Gum Valley, the new residential estate is sympathetic to the community and environmental aspirations of the surrounding suburb. The north boundary faces the Fremantle golf course and Royal Fremantle golf club and two recreational parks, Booyeembara Park and Valley Park, are located just short walks away.
The amenities and attractions offered in Fremantle can easily be reached using public transport. Within walking distance is the White Gum Valley Primary School with other educational establishments nearby including Challenger TAFE Fremantle Campus and South Fremantle Senior High School.
The site was previously home to the former Kim Beazley School, which closed in 2008. The Freo Mens Shed and Sullivan Hall bordering the estate to the west will remain in place.
The WGV estate has received two prestigious 2016 Planning Institute of Australia awards for excellence; Best Planning Ideas - Small Project (WA) and the Planning Minister's Award.
It has also received the Planning Institute of Australia's 2016 National award for Best Planning Ideas - Small Project.
WGV was also awarded the Judges' Award at the UDIA Awards for Excellence 2016.
At the 2016 Australian Urban Design Award WGV was awarded the Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts - Small Scale. This was a joint submission with Coda Studio, Urbis, Josh Byrne & Associates and LandCorp.
WGV is a finalist in the 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards.
The estate was also awarded two 2017 UDIA awards for excellence; Urban Water Excellence (joint submission with Josh Byrne and Associates) and Sustainable Urban Development.
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