8 July | news

Our build for Evolve Housing is now complete

It was another significant moment for GWH and Newcastle this month with the completion of our residential contract build for Evolve Housing. The delivery of this project brings the total of new homes GWH has delivered in June/July 2020 to 113.

Evolve Housing’s much anticipated Affordable Housing Project, located at 4 Merewether St, begins a new chapter for Newcastle’s CBD. Sitting alongside our cities various Urban Renewal Projects the apartments will bring the necessary diversity our city needs to thrive. GWH are immensely proud to have been a part of delivering such a positive initiative to the Newcastle CBD.

“Our city must prioritise affordable housing so a diverse mix of workers can live in areas of growth and are not forced out. Access to secure, appropriate and affordable housing is not only a basic requirement for everyone, it’s critical to creating an inclusive, dynamic and sustainable city.”

 Nuatali Nelmes - Newcastle Lord Mayor

GWH first became involved in the project in April 2018, working with Evolve Housing in the latter stages of design development and assisting through the DA process with City of Newcastle Council. Soon after we were officially awarded the design and construct contract and appointed as the project’s builder.

Following demolition of the eastern portion of the old Civic Train Station in early 2019, construction of the actual building commenced with the installation of the first screw pile in late July 2019. Thanks to our construction methodology ‘The GWH Way’ the total build time has taken 10 months to complete.

Without compromise the 30, one, two & three-bedroom apartments have been finished to the high standard GWH have become known for. This includes the four apartments dedicated to Specialist Disability Accommodation which have been finished to a platinum level.

“These apartments are modern, well-designed and of a very high quality, and I have no doubt that they will make wonderful homes for the future tenants who live here. They are an absolute testament to the outstanding work of our Build partner, GWH”

Lyall Gorman - Evolve Housing CEO 

Being the first building to be constructed on the old rail corridor, it was incredibly important to ensure we achieved fantastic integration with the surrounding public domain areas. We’ve did this through a combination of unique paving, street furniture and landscaping. Together, these elements provide a real sense of connection to Merewether St, Museum Place and the recently completed Newcastle Visitors Information Centre.

“It has been an absolute pleasure partnering with Evolve Housing to construct this wonderful affordable housing project. This has been a fantastic opportunity for GWH to help provide such facilities in our hometown of Newcastle.”

Jonathan Craig – Managing Director GWH


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