The Air Apartments – Helping preserve Pentridge for the future
A major step forward in the revitalisation of Pentridge, Coburg into a sustainable economic, residential and cultural hub has been taken, with the Victorian Government approving the construction of the Air Apartments at 21 Pentridge Boulevard, Coburg.
In line with the vision of the approved Pentridge masterplan, devised in sustained consultation with heritage and planning experts working to the guidance of the Burra Charter, the Air Apartments reflects a desire for an integrated approach to housing and housing diversity in the area. Besides allowing new entry points into the market for locals, it will also provide much needed parking across three levels for the neighbouring existing properties of the Quartermaster Building and the Industry Lane townhouses.
With its close proximity to public transport infrastructure, shops and schools, the approval of the Air Apartments also responds to the need for more sensitive higher-density urban design, as experts look for ways to reduce the pressures of outward sprawl in Australia’s cities. Significantly, the Air Apartments will help ensure viability of the Pentridge project as a whole – both as a new urban village expected to generate an estimated 8,000 jobs for the region upon completion, and as a site of heritage preservation and protection.
COMMITTED TO PENTRIDGE AND THE COBURG COMMUNITY
‘Pentridge is on the Victorian Heritage Register, which is overseen by Heritage Victoria,’ says Anthony Goh of Shayher Group. ‘A key requirement of Heritage Victoria is to not only restore the historical elements of the site to their former glory, but to ensure that these elements are able to be used in a sustainable manner to ensure Pentridge will live on, rather than be lost to decay’.
To that end, Shayher Group have committed more than $2 million to various restoration works, such as the iconic guard towers, and both A and H Division, with more restoration work to proceed. Indeed, the adaptive reuse of heritage sites has proven one of the most viable ways by which locations of historical significance can be effectively preserved, and enjoyed by the wider community by way of such cultural events as the recent Pentridge Festival and EmotionWork’s adaptation of the famous opera, Tosca.
To ensure the community remains a part of the discussion revolving around the Pentridge site, residents are encouraged to take part in the ongoing Residents’ Group Community Meetings, held every two months, and to follow the Pentridge blog and Facebook page for the latest community events that are helping develop the site into a vibrant and engaged contributor to the surrounding community.