Attractive, sustainable and affordable

Leading Australian Developer, Stockland, wanted to create something unique; a connected village environment where living sustainably costs you less. These objectives meant that a number of stringent development covenants around sustainability and minimising environmental footprint caused during construction were built into the project scope.

Just 10 minutes from the Caloundra CBD, the Bells Reach development provides consumers with a diverse range of housing options from proven builders suited to all family arrangements and budgets. Ranging from innovative terraces to 3-4 bedroom detached homes, upon completion, this game changing project will feature over 760 dwellings with around 1700 residents.

“We were looking to maximise lifestyle and interior space whilst maintaining architectural integrity. The decision to use James Hardies' Scyon™ building product range was therefore an easy one”. David Thomas, Residential Consultant.

Stockland Double storey urban terrace homes were designed to reflect a uniquely Queensland coastal design. An attractive and affordable alternative to apartment living, they serve a dual purpose in maximising development opportunity while maintaining community aesthetics.

A range of compact housing solutions are also available from a range of Queensland’s top builders. The innovative designs allow for reduced lot size whilst providing increased internal floor space, making them attractive to both consumer and developer.

Maximising space and diversity

To capture the essence and character of Queensland coastal living and take full advantage of the climate and abundant natural light, while also delivering a superior product at a substantially better price, Stockland identified a necessity to provide versatile and thoughtfully designed architectural homes that set a new standard in sustainable community living.

To deliver these exacting requirements, Stockland engaged and worked with renowned Queensland Architect, John Mainwaring to design a range of terrace dwellings that feature state-of-the-art innovations in energy, and water efficiency along with planned layouts designed to maximise indoor and outdoor living spaces.

To achieve this space maximisation requirement, James Hardie® products were used. By applying James Hardie products direct-to frame a significant increase to internal living space can be generated without increasing the buildings footprint thus maximising project yield.

With a reputation for innovation and materials excellence, the James Hardie products feature extensively, providing aesthetically pleasing streetscape diversity, whilst maintaining the coastal character of the location and surrounding environment. This was particularly evident in the use of Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard, designed to capture the deep shadow lines characteristic of the traditional weatherboards common in the area. The combination of products used provides an attractive and highly desirable end product.

Saving time and money

Achieving cost efficiencies is a major consideration for any construction project and this one was no different. The use of James Hardie® products allowed for improved ease and speed of construction through reduced scaffold requirements and timeframes and the minimisation of wet trades on site. In turn, these minimisations resulted in decreased waste and further reductions in cost.

The Scyon™ product range features Enhanced Ceramic Low Density (CLD) Technology. This unique attribute creates the ability for simple gun-nail installation procedures, with no need for pre-drilling.

The resulting benefits include greater ease of construction and increased cost savings related to labour and speed of installation.

“Architecture should be more about space, air and lightness”. John Mainwaring, JMA Architects QLD

Sustainable comfort

The Scyon™ product range has been engineered to enable systems that can achieve the desired levels of acoustic performance, energy efficiency and thermal comfort required in both a cost effective and efficient manner, in line with minimising construction costs.

In keeping with the developments sustainability requirements, the materials were chosen because they can be used to create thermally efficient buildings and, with relatively low embodied energy, expend less energy during production, transportation, construction and installation.

James Hardie cement composite products are all produced with recycled water and solid wastes to the extent possible and use sustainable raw materials. They are resistant to damage from fire, swelling, cracking, shrinking and termites*.

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*When installed and maintained correctly to the extent set out in James Hardie’s published literature current at the time of installation