Featured in WA Today: ‘Lego’ apartments the future of affordable housing in Perth

The future of affordable housing in Perth was unveiled by the State Government on Friday with the completion of a six storey apartment built in just 10 days.

Adrada Apartments, the third stage of the Department of Housing’s Stella Village near Cockburn Station, is a modular housing project containing 77 apartments.

Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the factory prefabricated apartments, which he described as being put together "like Lego", cut construction time in half and are 30 per cent more energy efficient than the average apartment and had already attracted strong interest from the market.

"The one-and-two bedroom apartments, weighing 22 tonnes and measuring 16 metres by 4.5 metres, are factory fabricated meaning the apartment complex can go up in just 10 days," he said.

"The whole project will take 12 months to complete from sod-turning to market.

"Already there had been keen buyer interest in these apartments and I firmly believe this project gives us a glimpse into the future of quality, affordable housing."

With a target of creating 20,000 affordable homes by 202, the State Government’s affordable housing strategy has already delivered 15,400 affordable homes and is on schedule to beat the 2020 target.

Mr Marmion described the modular apartments as a first for Perth.

"The modular design is an effective and affordable product for higher density and urban infill projects that will make more housing available at an attractive price for future Perth home owners," he added.

The units have floor areas ranging from 50 square metres to 75 square metres, with prices ranging from $335,000.

Liam Ducey, WA Today, 27 July 2014

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