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Harmony Village

Harmony Village is a retirement village development by CEHL and Doutta Galla Aged Services on a 10,000 square metre site in Dandenong. The project consists of 92 dwellings within 11 double storey apartment buildings, a community building, and a 5500 square metre basement car park with 96 car spaces located under buildings and landscape.

Quick Facts

Project Type Award Winning, Apartments and Commercial, Civil
Project Materials Concrete, Steel, Timber
Construction Budget $30 million
Project Size Large
Completed Project Yes
Completion Date 2011

Map Location

Herbert St, Dandenong

Project Team

Developer Common Equity Housing Ltd (CEHL)
Builder Becon Construction
Architect Daryl Pelchen Architects

Project Description

Harmony Village is a retirement village development by CEHL and Doutta Galla Aged Services on a 10,000 square metre site in Dandenong.  The project consists of 92 dwellings within 11 double storey apartment buildings, a community building, and a 5500 square metre basement car park with 96 car spaces located under buildings and landscape.

This affordable housing project was developed by CEHL to accommodate predominantly the elderly and funded by CEHL in conjunction with the State Government "Strategy for Growth Housing for Low Income Victorians".  In addition to the overall structural design, Macleod Consulting contributed to the design of the embodied energy requirements and water sensitive urban design features for this environmentally sustainable focussed project.

Particular features of the Macleod Consulting design include:

  • Basement ramped slab on ground with a retention system of precast concrete panels and soldier piles with spray walls when close to property boundaries
  • Post-tensioned ground level slab over the basements and filled ground supporting two storey buildings and tanked pavements, roads and landscape over
  • Where not supported by the ground slab over the basement, building ground floor slabs are fully suspended slabs on bored piers
  • Where fully supported by the ground slab over the basement, building ground floor slabs are waffle ribbed on void formers
  • Partially reinforced blockwork load bearing walls to units for thermal and acoustic performance
  • Post-tensioned first floor slabs for thermal and acoustic performance between apartments
  • Lightweight timber and steel beam roof structure
  • 150 metres of interconnecting first floor concrete walkway slabs and ramps with four precast concrete walled lift/stair shafts

The civil works included pavements, basement and ground level stormwater drainage, and a 36,000 litre stormwater detention tank.

Soil contamination was a major issue encountered during construction as previous use as of the site for tennis courts and bowling greens had used a layer of slag as a leveller. Much of this low contaminant fill was re-used as backfill behind the precast concrete basement walls.  This innovative solution managed a potential major increase in costs providing a saving for the developer.

 

Awards

UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence 2011 - Affordable Development Award Winner