16 April | news

Construction commences at 4 Merewether Street | Evolve Housing’s affordable housing development

This week we are commencing on site works for Evolve Housing’s affordable housing project located at 4 Merewether Street Newcastle.

GWH was successful in securing the construction contract of the development which will see the former heavy rail line next to Civic Station transformed into 30 Affordable Housing residential apartments with ground floor retail opportunities and public domain that will enhance the connections between the CBD, the Museum and the foreshore.

Works are kicking off with our team now set-up on site and demolition activity taking place alongside road works by City of Newcastle with whom we are working closely with to ensure minimal disruption to the local area.

Once the site is clear, things will start coming together quickly. George Araujo, GWH Construction Manager, discussed the timeline of the project saying that “excavation is scheduled for May and in June we will see our crane erected”.

“Once the crane is in, people will see a lot of action on site with GWH doing what they do best and the building taking shape quite rapidly,” said George.

Top out of the building structure is scheduled for October this year, with an expectation that the site will see residents moving in by mid 2020.

The units will be available for rent through Echo Reality, to ‘key workers’ who are defined as “anyone who creates community” and whose income falls under a threshold.

“It is exciting to be able to work on projects like this, that we can see take shape in the heart of the CBD quite quickly, knowing that in not too long they will be homes for those who are like minded and community driven” said George.

With a project schedule that will see just shy of 3,000 cubic metres of concrete and approximately 28,000 bricks installed, it is a significant job that we at GWH are proud and excited to deliver for Evolve Housing.

The design, by the client’s architect, Sissons Architects, with construction documentation by fellow Novocastrians EJE is respectful and showcasing of the history of Newcastle and is in alignment with the neighbouring development of Civic Station, both of which see the City’s Public Domain Plan come to life for the new precinct of Museum Place.

This project highlights why we do what we do at GWH, the passion we have as individuals and as a company to be building for life for our community.

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