CONSTRUCTION has started on the $85 million Arthouse Apartments project that is set to change the Joondalup skyline.
Mayor Albert Jacob joined developer Edge Visionary Living on Wednesday for the official ground breaking ceremony of the 17-storey development.
“This is an historic day for Joondalup as work begins on a project that will forever change the Joondalup city centre skyline,” Mr Jacob said.
“This visionary project will help to create a critical mass of new residences and businesses in the city centre, further enhancing its vitality and vibrancy.”
Mr Jacob said the City was encouraging high-quality, higher density, high rise projects in the city centre, with a number of development sites available and no height restrictions in some areas.
“Arthouse is the tallest building approved so far in the Joondalup city centre, but hopefully it won’t be the last,” he said.
To be built on a 2000sq m vacant site at 113 Grand Boulevard, Arthouse will feature 168 one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, plus resort-style amenities including a heated lap pool, residents’ lounge, gym, yoga retreat, spa, sauna and outdoor cinema.
The design also incorporates four commercial tenancies.
Edge Visionary Living managing director Gavin Hawkins said he was proud to bring “a new landmark” to Joondalup.
“The Joondalup city centre is a natural fit with the Edge ethos, which focuses on sophisticated contemporary design to deliver inspiring living spaces in central locations,” he said.
He also noted the high proportion of owner-occupiers who had been attracted to the building, which would ensure a vibrant community atmosphere for residents.
PACT Construction has arrived on site to begin earthworks for Arthouse, which is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.