Brighton Lakes by Mirvac
The trifecta of innovation, community and stakeholder engagement, and masterful planning and design proved a winner for Mirvac’s Brighton Lakes master-planned community at Moorebank, which last night won UDIA NSW’s Award for Excellence in Greenfield Development.
Mirvac’s vision for Brighton Lakes, in the Liverpool LGA, was to create a quality, connected and sustainable master-planned community with diverse housing choice, smart living options and opportunity to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle.
The 306 lot masterplan comprised a mix of free-standing single and double storey homes, town houses and Fonzie style two-bedroom strata apartments some of which overlooked the Brighton Lakes Golf Course. To date more than half have been completed and settled.
Mirvac’s Head of Residential Stuart Penklis said the holistic approach to developing Brighton Lakes had resulted in a win-win for residents and the community, setting a template for future residential subdivision.
“We entered into a complex Project Delivery Agreement (PDA) with the land owners, New Brighton Golf Club and a land transfer agreement with Liverpool Council that will help them to realise their vision to open the Georges River foreshore for public use,” said Mr Penklis.
“Through the PDA the golf club was able to build a new club house with dining, entertainment and business event facilities which is widely used by Brighton Lakes residents and the broader community. We also created a Community Green for the exclusive use of residents with facilities including a swimming pool, tennis court, barbecue, playground and grass kick-around area.”
The Community Green at the centre of Brighton Lakes is a valued community asset, along with the 3.1 km of cycleways and 2.6 km of footpaths, where residents can be seen regularly strolling, walking the dog or exercising against the picturesque backdrop of the Brighton Lakes Golf Course.
In partnership with CSR Mirvac rolled out a large-scale trial of the Velocity pre-fabricated building system at Brighton Lakes, playing a critical leadership role in developing new construction methods that will benefit the entire industry. Using prefabricated Hebel panels delivered insulation benefits and superior thermal comfort to homes and led to reduced on-site waste and lower construction times.
Innovation was also at the heart of three Living Labs at Brighton Lakes in which Mirvac partnered with CSIRO, Tesla and LG, trialling solar batteries and smart technology to further the company’s goal of building carbon neutral homes. Results so far show a 70 per cent reduction in energy bills.
Throughout the marketing and sales process there was unprecedented demand for homes at Brighton Lakes with 8000 registrations of interest, forcing Mirvac to introduce a ballot system to ensure fairness in allocating opportunities to purchase.