11 Windell Street Innaloo
New Innaloo complex features eight energy efficient apartments. Image – Rapley Wilkinson.
  • Timber frame energy efficient social housing complex completed in Innaloo
  • 2-bed, 1-bath apartments will house eight families on public housing waitlist
  • Over 650 social housing projects currently underway

A three-storey, energy efficient social housing apartment complex in Perth’s Innaloo will soon welcome its first tenants.

The complex comprises eight apartments and will open its doors to house eight families currently awaiting housing on Western Australia’s public housing waitlist.

Latest project in $2.1B commitment

Stuart Aubrey, Scarborough MLA, emphasised the importance of housing the community’s most vulnerable individuals.

“It’s fantastic we have a really well located apartment complex that will provide housing to eight vulnerable families and individuals in Perth’s north.”

Stuart Aubrey, Scarborough MLA

The Innaloo complex is the latest development in the State Government’s $2.1 billion commitment to social housing, according to Housing Minister John Carey.

“The McGowan Government is investing $2.1 billion into social housing over the next four years, which includes the recently announced record investment of $875 million as part of the 2021-22 State Budget.

“This is the single largest, one-off investment into social housing in the State’s history,” Mr Carey said.

Social housing goes green

The construction features a timber frame, a faster and environmentally-friendly alternative to brick constructions.

The timber frame also allows for easier future modification, and requires less hands-on work so less tradespersons are required for construction.

Each apartment contains two bedrooms and one bathroom and is designed to be energy efficient, including double glazed windows for temperature control and noise reduction.

“The completion of this fantastic development in Innaloo shows our determination to help meet the high demand for social housing and provide people with comfortable, well designed and constructed homes in which to live,” Mr Carey added.

The complex, located at 11 Windell Street Innaloo, is in a prime suburban location in proximity to shops, public transport, services and parks.

“These apartments are not only close to important amenities, including Stirling train station and Westfield Innaloo shops, but also incorporate energy efficient and environmentally friendly design.

John Carey, Housing Minister

The Westfield Innaloo shopping complex is within a ten minute walk from the apartments.

The complex was constructed by Rapley Wilkinson Pty Ltd and commenced late last year, producing over 70 jobs in the process.

Over 650 social homes under construction

Across the whole of Western Australia, more than 650 social homes are currently under construction, with a further 200 on the cards.

The Innaloo complex does not stand alone on the path to more energy efficient social housing, with six more timber-frame builds reaching completion in Banksia Grove in early November.

The homes were constructed by Dale Alcock Homes and rapidly approached completion only five months into the project.

Banksia Grove rapid build social housing
Image – Supplied

The homes all comprise three bedrooms, one bathroom and parking space for two cars.

“In the case of these six homes, we’ve seen that despite the high demand for trades and supplies, construction time-frames of less than five months can still be achieved,” Mr Carey said.

The home will be available for tenants on the public housing waitlist to move in shortly.

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