Home construction activity
Our first Ecovillage home was completed last month and the owners are busy settling in and establishing their garden. The Ecovillage is busy with another 35 homes in various stages of construction and the built landscape is really starting to take shape.
We are also busy processing a steady stream of design reviews and formal assessments and there are now 18 proposals in the approval stage.
Many owners have chosen the Witchcliffe Ecovillage House & Land Packages, some with modifications to suit individual requirements. There are also a number of innovative custom designs coming through for review, which will add variety and diversity to the architectural texture and character of the Ecovillage.
Importantly, we are seeing exemplary results for thermal and life cycle designs with some homes achieving in excess of 9 stars NatHERS and 120% LCA. We encourage all homeowners to pursue the highest possible sustainability standards in each home design.
The WEV design team has completed drawings for the community sheds to be built in each of the community gardens and we have worked closely with the landscape team to integrate this community building into the final design for each cluster garden.
Each shed is designed to cater for small meetings, workshops and gardening projects as well as provide a venue for community social gatherings and celebrations. A kitchenette and toilet facilities are to be included with the architectural scale and materials designed to complement the landscaped surrounds.
Public realm buildings
With the hard and soft landscape in Wolghine Square now in place, design studies have begun in earnest for the development of the Village Centre buildings. Short stay accommodation, mixed use residential / commercial and a child care centre will be at the forefront of these building projects, all designed to enhance the amenity and vitality of the Witchcliffe Ecovillage.
Planning approval for the Community Centre has now been achieved and construction documents have been prepared. The WEV team is now working with local contractors to finalise the build program for this key community facility. Longer term planning for a pub and commercial outlets and short stay accommodation is also underway.