Alkimos Beach is a master-planned development located in the northern growth corridor 40km from the Perth CBD and encompasses approximately 2,200 lots. The Development is being delivered under a partnership between DevelopmentWA and Lendlease. In a short period of time, the project has delivered a private school, public primary school, beach access and surf life-saving club, Main Street and commercial precinct, coffee sprout and multiple parks and green linkages for the community. Alkimos Beach won the Best Residential Development at the 2018 UDIA National Awards for Excellence and Best Masterplanned Community at the 2018 Property Council of Australia Awards.
Construction of Alkimos Beach commenced in October 2012. To date, CW has designed and superintended earthworks and subdivision works for over 1,000 lots which have been constructed across twenty-nine stages. Bulk earthworks have been carried out over 197ha of land requiring the movement of 2.2million cubic metres of cut placed in to fill areas within the development.
Alkimos Beach was the first WA project to achieve all six leaves of UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment assessment scheme. Alkimos Beach was also recognized as Australia’s first 6 Star
Green Star Community
LandCorp and Lendlease have set a new benchmark for sustainable and community-focused living, whilst providing residents with a relaxed coastal lifestyle. The project vision was for a master-planned coastal community of global significance that’s moving towards carbon-neutral living.
The sites undulating coastal topography provided the opportunity for the retention of landform to add interest and character to the project. Coastal views and the bushland setting of the surrounding regional open space network creates a dramatic backdrop and outlook for the residents.
Alkimos Beach is the first greenfield community to trial a large-scale community energy storage system. The project demonstrates how to integrate, operate and manage integration (enabling) technologies with high levels of solar PV in an Australian metropolitan suburb. A centralised battery provides customers with the benefits and incentives of stand-alone storage without requiring on-site installation and maintenance.
Innovations – Alkimos Beach
- Design of the subdivision to incorporate sloping lots, and minimisation of retaining walls. This involved Builder and Developer workshops to agree to a set of design codes;
- Design of landscaped rock batters at the front of lots in lieu of limestone retaining walls;
- Workshops with Lendlease and Georgiou Group relating to innovation during construction. This has led to tracking construction progress using drone technology on a fortnightly basis which has been particularly useful for the Developer and Local Authority to keep up to date with progress
- The provision of 3D images showing planned earthworks levels for future precincts to assist discussions with Lendlease and DevelopmentWA and provide a greater understanding of the finished product.
CW has been involved with Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) within Alkimos Beach and has delivered multiple examples of WSUD including verge and median swales, trapped infiltration pits, tree pits and bio-retention areas. The application of WSUD requires consideration at the planning stage to ensure there is sufficient space within road reserves and POS areas to accommodate the desirable treatments.