Blackburne reveals design for $300 million Claremont redevelopment

Source: WA Today

Perth luxury apartment developer Blackburne has revealed plans for a $300 million 245-apartment complex on one of Perth’s most prized slices of land.

Blackburne is seeking development approval for the complex at the historic 15,741-square-metre site of the old Sundowner Hostel aged care facility wedged between Claremont, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove, which was put up for sale by Amana Living last year.

Claremont by Blackburne will be the second major western suburbs hub undertaken by the developer, with its $300 million One Subiaco also progressing.

About 60 per cent of the whole project will be used for open space and 40 per cent will be turned into public parks.

The number of apartments in the development is well below the 364 previously endorsed by the council, a deliberate move by the developer to create higher-end and larger apartments to reflect the surrounding suburbs, which house some of Perth’s most expensive property.

Blackburne managing director Paul Blackburne said he would use the same formula as the One Subiaco development.

“Our vision is to create a community of boutique buildings with larger, high quality residences in them, because we know from the success of One Subiaco that’s exactly what locals around the Claremont area want to live in and the lifestyle they want to lead,” he said.

“We are creating community assets where none exist at the moment, so new parks, café and other facilities will improve the local area for existing residents as well as the people moving into our village.’

“The beautifully designed garden areas and buildings work together to create something very special that hasn’t been seen before and build a community for years to come.”

If the project gets approval Blackburne is hoping to commence construction in early 2021, creating 400 jobs in the process.

Despite the tough economic conditions as a result of COVID-19 Mr Blackburne said it was important to proceed with the project to show confidence in the market and create much-needed construction jobs.