Medium-Density Development (below 100 dwellings)
No.1 Lacey by Cornerstone in collaboration with BKH, Billard Leece and Made Projects
The restoration of the 106-year-old Ford Sherrington building started with Cornerstone’s vision to create an extraordinary apartment project in a heritage building that afforded its residents a chance to live in an historic building. It required the assembly of a talented team of design professionals lead by BKH and Billard Leece to deal with many complex issueCornerstone purchased the Ford Sherrington Building (No. 1 Lacey) in early 2014. Our vision was to create a residential apartment project that provided the future residents a chance to live in a historic building and all that it has to offer.
The original brick and timber warehouse was built in 1912 and was added to in 1923 before a very poor-quality concrete and brick extension was added in the 1970’s. Our goal was to deconstruct the 1970’s addition at the rear, create in its place a landscaped podium for residents to enjoy while also adding amenity to the two adjoining buildings that had not seen sunlight since the 1970’s, then redistribute the GFA into a contemporary light weight rooftop addition of 7 penthouses.
The project also included the purchase of the adjoining commercial building which had 135 car spaces in its basement. Through a complex stratum sub-division, we were able to allocate 45 car spaces to No. 1 Lacey and also install, in what was an old goods lift for the commercial building, a new lift to provide access from the basement carpark into the residential apartments.
To do so, we had to overcome many challenging and complex issues and provide solutions to the problems that the restoration of a 106-year-old building presents. These issues included:
• large floorplates that made apartment design difficult to comply with solar and cross flow ventilation – this required multiple voids to be created in the old structure
• compliance with planning controls in a heritage listed building
• compliance with acoustics issues in a timber framed building
• structural considerations in a heritage building
• engineering issues associated with two additional levels
• fire engineering to a timber structure
• potential view loss by the addition of rooftop penthouses
• sustainability issues
• placement of public art in a heritage building
• issues associated with new construction in an old structure
• complexities of stratum sub-division of two buildings into three lots.
The apartments received over 4,000 expressions of interest with 75 deposits received for the 45 apartments. All apartments sold out in less than 3 hours after launch.
Construction commenced in August 2015 and was completed November of 2017 and then required Made Projects to deliver the restored building transformed into the final product.