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    Common Ground

    31 Pyrmont Bridge Road Camperdown NSW 2050

    Utilising the 'common ground' model which originated in New York, the Sydney-based model adopts the 'street to home' approach of providing stable, high quality permanent housing for the chronically homeless. 

    The model satisfies the fundamental requirements of shelter and warmth as basic life needs, which is a vital first step towards a satisfying and balanced life for people affected by homelessness. It provides on-site support designed to help tenants maintain their housing, address health issues, and pursue education and employment.

    DESIGN DESCRIPTION

    The building is not recognisable as social housing or as an institutional building, but rather as a contemporary and comfortable living environment.

    The 104 units establish a social mix, integrating previously homeless people along with others on low incomes. A 24-hour concierge provides security and casual surveillance for residents and visitors to the building, and support services are an integral part of the model ensuring residents are receiving appropriate support to be able to maintain their tenancies.

    The public domain component resolves the complete Housing NSW site, with an upgrade to landscaping and the existing open space surrounding the Johanna O'Dea building. New tree planting to Pyrmont Bridge Road and Lambert Street create a new tree lined street perspective.

    The design is the result of a detailed urban design analysis, extensive consultation with stakeholders and workshops with a range of community service providers. The building was designed in a manner sensitive to neighbouring residential areas and required the support of the City of Sydney to amend the LEP and DCP. The new building forms an important transition in scale, height and materiality between the existing heritage listed Alexandra Dwellings and the 11-storey Johanna O'Dea tower. It also presents a strong frontage to the Pyrmont Bridge Road façade with upper level set backs that are appropriate to its context.  

    Common Ground Sydney is one of the largest residential developments in Australia that has 100 per cent of its units with barrier free access to aid accessibility.

    The development has carefully considered passive ESD principles with a central north south atrium to capture natural daylight and fresh air while allowing passive natural ventilation in all apartments. This organising axis provides a communal focus with break out spaces on each floor, interconnected by stairs to encourage social interaction between residents.

    HASSELL worked with developer and builder Grocon on a pro-bono basis to prepare preliminary design feasibility studies on a number of sites within inner Sydney, before providing full design services at cost to Housing NSW. Many consultants, suppliers and sub-contractors also contributed to the project on a cost only basis, which fostered a collaborative approach throughout its duration. Grocon built the project at cost and returned a saving of $1.4 million to Housing NSW.

    ACCOLADES

    Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards, Affordable Development Category, Winner 2012

    World Architecture Fesitval Awards, House Category, Highly Commended, 2012

    RAIA NSW Architecture Awards, Premier's Prize Finalist, 2012

    5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential, Design v1 certified

    PRODUCTS

    BALUSTRADES
    GATEWISE

    BATHROOM FITTINGS
    CAROMA

    BATHROOM TILES
    SURFACE GALLERY, WHITE CERAMIC

    BATH AND SHOWER
    ABEY AUSTRALIA
    HANSA
    REECE HVAC

    CARPET
    INTERFACE AUST

    CEILINGS
    CSR CEILECTOR CEILING SOLUTIONS
    AUSTRAL PLYWOODS

    CLADDING
    SWISSPEARL FAÇADE SYSTEM
    PRODEMA

    DOORS
    TIMBER, PAINT FINISH

    ENTRY
    ADIS AUTOMATIC DOORS, FRAMELESS GLAZED AUTO SLIDING DOOR

    FACADE
    HANSON, PRECAST CONCRETE PANEL

    FLOORING
    ARMSTRONG FLOORING PTY LTD

    HARDWARE
    DORMAKABA AUSTRALIA

    JOINERY HARDWARE
    ARTIA

    DRAWER RUNNER
    HAFELE AUSTRALIA

    JOINERY HINGES
    HETTICH AUSTRALIA

    JOINERY
    MAYNELINE, LAMINATE FINISH

    KITCHEN BENCH
    LAMINEX, FOSSIL

    KITCHEN FINISHES
    LAMINEX

    KITCHEN TAPWARE
    CAROMA
    METHVEN

    SINK
    CLARK 

    OVEN
    FISHER & PAYKEL APPLIANCES

    LIGHTING
    GAMMA ILLUMINATION
    EUROLUCE LIGHTING AUSTRALIA
    SAL SUNNYLIGHTING

    LOUVRES
    GATEWISE

    PAINT
    DULUX 

    PAVEMENT
    SAMSTONE

    SHADING
    GATEWISE

    STAIR
    PACIFIC STEEL CONSTRUCTIONS

    STRUCTURAL SYSTEM
    HANSON
    AFS

    WALLS - EXTERNAL
    HANSON
    BORAL BRICKS

    FEATURE WALL
    AUSTRAL PLYWOODS, PLYWOOD CLEAR

    WALLS - INTERNAL
    RONDO
    USG BORAL

    KITCHEN WALLS
    COLORTILE
    USG BORAL 
    RONDO

    WALL LININGS
    CSR

    WINDOWS
    COLT TOLLFAB 

    Key Info

    Architect: Hassell 
    Project Manager & Construction Manager: Grocon 
    Acoustic Consultant: Ben White 
    Communications & Electrical Consultant: Bernard Farrell
    Hydraulic Consultant: Simon Ingegneri
    Mechanical Consultant: John Versace
    Fire Consultant: Mark Evans 
    ESD Consultant: Mei Wong 
    BCA Consultant: David Langdon
    Structural & Civil Consultant: Meinhardt 
    Access Consultant: MGAC
    Completion date: 2011
    Photographer: Brett Boardman 

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