Only way is up for Joondalup


An artist's impression of the development from Grand Boulevard.
An artist's impression of the development from Grand Boulevard.

AN 18-storey residential and commercial development on Grand Boulevard will “bring activity and vitality to the City of Joondalup and be a catalyst for future development”, according to Hillam Architects principal David Hillam.

The $40 million development on the vacant 2000sq m site at 113 Grand Boulevard, was conditionally approved at a development assessment panel meeting last Thursday.

The application included four groundfloor commercial tenancies, 190 residential apartments, swimming pool, gym, spa, sauna and lounge and 235 car bays.

Mr Hillam said the site, bounded by Grand Boulevard to the west, Central Walk to the east and two-storey developments to the north and south, was “set in an area that already has some reasonable scale”.

“Joondalup will be seeing more of these types of buildings,” he said.

“The City was keen to see active frontage to Central Walk and that’s something we believe this development can bring. Many developments in Joondalup don’t have significant amenity so there’s an opportunity to further activate Central Walk by locating the amenities to the project on that side of the development.”

He said possible uses for the commercial tenancies on Central Walk could be for a breakfast and lunch food outlets but not “fully blown restaurants”.

“Until such time that the amount of activity develops in that precinct, we may well find some other uses and even if you end up with office uses in that space, that is still an active frontage and you’ll get that interaction,” he said.

Assessment panel member Fred Zuideveld raised concerns that 59 bedrooms or studies that could be used as bedrooms, did not have natural light or ventilation.

Mr Hillam said to provide all rooms with access to natural light or ventilation would mean you could not have the same number of apartments or the cost would be increased.

Joondalup planning services manager John Corbellini said the City raised similar concerns but there was no policy restricting bedrooms or study areas that did not have access to natural light or ventilation and the rooms met building codes.

The development requires loss of two trees, three grasstrees and a palm to be replaced elsewhere.