Completed in mid 2020, Esplanade Norwest is a visionary ‘vertical village’ combining residential apartments, commercial suites and retail spaces to create a vibrant integrated new community.

Capitalising on its waterfront location the project includes new restaurants by Seagrass, one of Australia’s top hospitality groups, a public plaza and upgraded boardwalk link to the Metro Norwest station.

Evoking the ‘holiday at home’ feel for its residents, Esplanade boasts generous landscaping, residents-only facilities and concierge services. Eleven adaptable apartments are owned by Summer Housing. The project’s success is testament to the vision and on-time, on-budget delivery.

252 apartments are set across two towers on a four and five storey podium. Prices achieved: 1 bed $525,000 – $740,000, 2 bed $700,000 – $1,155,000, 3 bed $965,000 – $3,150,000, 4 bed $2,450,000 – $2,650,000. There are 36 commercial suites that all sold prior to completion and 11 retail lots.

This integrated resort-style concept demonstrates the vibrancy and activation mixed-use developments can contribute to their surroundings. TURNER has imbedded innovation through design and materials while wintergardens for commercial and many residential spaces deliver functionality and liveability. Number-plate recognition and charging ports for electric vehicles add further convenience. The team used an environmentally-sensitive, land-based approach to replace 300m of waterfront boardwalk, instead of using a pontoon moored on the lake.

Showing leadership and compassion during the challenging COVID restriction period, Aoyuan International collaborated with anchor restaurant tenant Seagrass to open two venues – Italian Street Kitchen and Ribs & Burgers. This activated  the waterfront, giving residents dining convenience.

Mostly locals purchased all commercial suites and 80% of apartments before completion. Settling during COVID, project achieved a 95% settlement success rate.

Judges Comments

The Esplanade has it all. Adjoining a lake next to a shopping centre it is also a renewal of the old ice rink site.

The high quality residential tower is complimented by a lower rise commercial office building over lakeside restaurants.

Good architecture displays the two connected buildings appearing separate. The Judges were particularly impressed with the integration of the public waterfront and the buildings entry and forecourt.

Almost fully occupied this fine development is a great example of mixed use success. It builds well on the success of Norwest mixed community.