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SYDNEY SCHEME EVOLVES AFFORDABLE HOUSING

A NEW APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT IN WESTERN SYDNEY IS BEING POSITIONED AS AN INNOVATIVE RESPONSE TO THE CITY’S AFFORDABLE AND SOCIAL HOUSING CHALLENGES.

A project of Sydney company Evolve Housing, the Stimson Street, Guildford scheme features 23 studio apartments for social and affordable end use, and is comprised of stackable modules that are lifted into place, complete with kitchens and bathrooms.

The scheme is aimed at low-income tenants, either from the social housing waiting list or key workers such as teachers, nurses and police officers.

With stacking able to be completed in just two days, as opposed to around four months for a conventional build, the resulting four-storey building will have 23 studio apartments, housing up to 36 people. The building’s floor plan includes a lift, stairs and hallways.

It is understood the modules, which are manufactured in China, are made of the same steel as shipping containers. They are craned into place and bolted together, before being completed with interior and exterior cladding.

Modules also feature custom-designed furniture such as fold-down beds.

Evolve Housing’s David Risbey reportedly indicated that the finished building would be indistinguishable from a conventional build; and it is understood Evolve envisages the scheme as a pilot to demonstrate the company’s ability to deliver quality housing earlier than a conventional construction project.

While this approach to building is still a rarity in Sydney, the company takes its cue from modular building approaches more common to Europe, where extreme weather limits outdoor construction.

The modules were built as the foundations were laid, saving months of construction time. The building is scheduled to open in July.■


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