Representing a $19M investment and incorporating 35 townhomes, 39 apartments and nine retail tenancies, Alba is Figurehead’s largest and most expansive project to-date, providing us the opportunity to showcase our capabilities on a grand scale.
Located at Mason Point, a thriving mixed-use development 19km from Melbourne’s CBD, the Alba town homes and apartments have been designed to capture the best this thriving and diverse precinct has to offer, including easy access to shopping and amenities as well as the natural beauty of the nearby Plenty Valley and Ranges.
Each spacious architecturally designed town home consists lightweight timber construction, lightweight cladding and timber flooring, with carpet-to-bedroom interiors, laminate kitchens, stone bench tops and splashbacks and a private garden.
The apartment building is constructed using a concrete ground slab and a single suspended slab below three floors of lightweight timber structure. Interiors feature tile and carpet flooring, laminate kitchens, stone bench tops and splashbacks and a private balcony or courtyard. This building also houses five ‘cold shell’ retail tenancies designed to allow tenants to fit out according to their requirements. An adjacent retail building incorporates four further ‘cold shell’ retail tenancies and features a ground slab with a single suspended slab below a steel structure rising to the floors above.
Figurehead was happy to be engaged at the conceptual stages of this project under an Early Contract Involvement agreement (ECI). We have managed the design all the way through from town planning to construction documentation as well as coordinating civil works including main service infrastructure, road, kerb and channel, streetscaping and footpaths.
Before commencing construction we discovered a substantial amount of rock that hadn’t been accounted for in our tightly managed construction program. This was quickly excavated and removed from site with minimal delay. As we anticipated, the most challenging aspect of this project was a staggered, five-stage handover process that incorporated substantial civil works. It was essential that we were able to ensure all services and infrastructure were finalised in line with the delivery schedule and standards, and that disruption to tenants caused by ongoing works was kept to a minimum. Coordinating the multi-stage handover was a huge undertaking for our team and created a variety of challenges from managing sub-contractors to juggling multiple delivery windows and deadlines. These challenges proved no match for our skilled and hard-working team and the project was handed over on schedule in December 2017.