Metro Property Development purchased the site on Beavers Road in 2019 with a vision to create a sustainable residential community that would physically embody the values and lifestyle aspirations of Northcote residents. They knew it was important to work with progressive, like-minded individuals who share their passion for effecting social and environmental change through the cultivation of community. As such, they sought to find architecture, landscaping and consulting firms that understand what it means to create for tomorrow and could deliver this vision.
The design team behind some of Melbourne’s most progressive and sustainable built environments including both the Stewart Collective and Nightingale Brunswick East, as well as number of premium townhouse projects, ClarkeHopkinsClarke were the natural choice for architect. They are Australia’s largest B Corp certified architectural practice, have been carbon neutral since 2018 and possesses a carbon footprint that is 1/3 of businesses of a similar size. The practice’s vision is grounded in respecting the traditional custodians of this land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, whilst meeting the needs of today and positively impacting tomorrow. Toby Lauchlan, Janice Tan and Michelle Cavicchiolo are at the helm of Northcote Place’s design, a trio of highly-experienced designers who live and breathe the ClarkeHopkinsClarke mission.
Working closely with ClarkeHopkinsClarke, AKAS Landscape Architecture were chosen to design the outdoor environments of Northcote Place. The studio was founded by Alistair Kirkpatrick and Anthony Sharples, who bring a wealth of experience to the project as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the local ecology. They are the minds behind such projects as NGV Melbourne Now Exhibition, Nightingale Ballarat and 166 Gertrude St, and are responsible for bringing upwards of 20,000 plants into the environment to date. With a strong understanding of how landscapes can enrich the lives of inhabitants, wider communities and the environment, AKAS’ ethos was an ideal fit for Northcote Place.
To ensure these sustainable ideologies were authentically reflected in Northcote Place, Sustainable Development Consultants were appointed to become the ‘sustainable’ arm of the project team. As one of Melbourne’s largest sustainability practices, they are committed to assisting architects, designers and developers in producing exceptional built environments for the future. SDC’s 15 years of innovation, pioneering and project delivery is grounded in a commitment to improving the world around us, and they have played a significant role in ensuring Northcote Place doesn’t just talk to the talk – it walks the walk.