Central Element bolsters team with new Acquisitions Manager

The Central Element team, who have recently acquired sites in A-grade locations across the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs, will continue their existing development strategies; acquiring residential sites opportune for short term re-development, as well as preferencing value-add opportunities and partnerships spanning commercial, residential, adaptive re-use and hotels.

Ryan Bennetts
Central Element’s new Acquisition Manager

Mr Bennetts will be a valuable addition to the team due to his in-depth market knowledge and extensive network. A former Associate Director at Colliers International, he brings over a decade of property experience spanning across construction management and commercial real estate. Prior to Colliers, he held roles at leading construction companies Probuild and St Hilliers, before establishing his own consultancy firm, B&W Property.

Nathan Chivas, Central Element’s Development Director says Mr Bennetts’ existing relationships will strengthen Central Element’s network of opportunities to great strategic effect.

“I am excited to welcome Ryan to the Central Element team. He brings with him a wealth of experience which will allow us to further collaborate with our ever-expanding network of opportunity spotters and strengthen our relationship-based acquisition model.

Already, our integrated business model supports a range of capabilities including planning, design and construction, development management and marketing. The addition of Ryan’s skills in acquisitions further affirms Central Element is the obvious choice for vendors looking to partner with a developer to achieve uplift. ”

– Nathan Chivas, Development Director

Central Element continues its high performance in Sydney’s property industry, with several planning proposals in the North Shore, a recent development application for a 16-unit luxury residential development in Coogee, and upcoming mixed-use developments in Paddington and Chatswood.

In the Press: Luxury living in The Malton

Our Malton development was recently featured on www.indesignlive.com as being the superior choice in terms of quality and design for downsizers

The home should be a place that allows you to relax and immerse yourself in the surroundings while enjoying an elevated sense of wellbeing and comfort. This needs to be built into every aspect of design – from the architecture, to the interior design, to the selection of appliances and furnishings. The Malton, in Beecroft New South Wales designed by PBD Architects in collaboration with Central Element is a perfect encapsulation of this design philosophy.

The Malton is a prestigious new residential development hidden within a tranquil and leafy haven, just 20km north of Sydney. Seemingly secluded from the bustling centre, the development is a short stroll away from Beecroft Village where residents can enjoy boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, cafes and even a local golf course, tennis courts and parklands.

Designed by PBD Architects in collaboration with the award-winning property development team at Central Element, the design philosophy of The Malton revolves around a total commitment to luxury. Comprising ten beautifully designed houses, the result is a collection of homes channelling a contemporary yet classical architectural style – honouring the heritage of the existing buildings on site, while offering an idyllic lifestyle and luxurious experiences.

To read the full article visit www.indesignlive.com

Central Element submits DA for landmark Coogee project

The site currently contains a single-level residential house and a two-storey residential flat building. The proposal recommends a boutique residential building comprising 16 units over 4 levels, with architecture by MHN Design Union (MHNDU).

The addition of the development to Central Element’s portfolio is in line with Central Element’s “People Shaped Property” philosophy.

“At Central Element, we focus on delivering ‘people-shaped properties’ that are designed with our customers in mind, while also providing superior architecture for the streetscape and the broader community. Coogee definitely exhibits this mindset well, and the development will retain the existing art deco building onsite,” says Central Element’s Development Director, Nathan Chivas.

The site has a rich and interesting past, with the existing building part of Coogee’s “Art Deco Walk” – a trail that explores buildings that illustrate the Art Deco architecture so popular in the 20s and 40s.

With the newly proposed property, Central Element will create a prestigious development of luxury and indulgence, whilst still staying true to the relaxed lifestyle and art deco aesthetic that is synonymous with Coogee.

Staying to true Coogee’s relaxed aesthetic

Under the proposal, the design will be contemporary, yet remain faithful to the site by maintaining a large proportion of the art deco façade.

The building’s exterior design will feature timber and vertical screening with planting while existing brick features will be enhanced with natural concrete and profiled metals.

Paramount to the proposed scheme is the quality of communal open space, with outlooks from apartments being prioritised. Furthermore, a unique and characterful architectural identity will come through the juxtaposition of the retained features and contemporary architectural form.

For Chivas, the development will be a positive addition to the area.

“I have no doubt that the proposal will add to the rich culture and liveability of the Coogee neighbourhood. As Sydney’s population continues to grow, so too does the demand for spacious and efficient living spaces in beachside suburbs like Coogee.”

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The Power of Partnerships in Property Development

By building long-term industry relationships with like-minded financial institutions, architects, builders, joint venture partners, landowners and sales agents, developers can unlock the maximum value in each of their developments.

We pride ourselves on our partnership network, treating them as part of our extended family with whom we share a mutually respectful and beneficial relationship. Our affiliations go beyond the terms of a contract or standard business relationship. Instead, we take the time to develop collegial, collaborative partnerships, and foster open communication to deliver the best result for each development. Here, key members of the Central Element partnership network share their insights on the success of their relationship with us, providing guidance on how developers’ long-term partnerships with financial partners, architects and builders can deliver success.

Financial institutions and investors

“They know our policies and provide quality information to allow the bank to undertake its due diligence. They have a great understanding of their markets. If all my clients were like Central Element, my life would be so much easier.”

– Rod McLellan, Westpac Property Finance

For a property developer to maintain a solid long-term partnership with investors and financial institutions, it is important to recognise and invest in the financial capabilities needed to satisfy the due diligence required. For Nathan Chivas, Development Director, he believes it’s our directors’ financial backgrounds and commitment to absolute financial transparency that have greatly influenced how our financial team operates.

“At Central Element, we procure funding via local and international channels by engaging with our comprehensive network of bank and non-bank finance partners.

We have experienced finance and legal teams, who not only have a thorough understanding of the market, they understand our partners’ policies and requirements, so that this may assist in negotiation and documentation. The result is an exemplary track record that consistently exceeds the criteria of lenders.”

Architects and designers

This collaborative design process incorporates an appreciation for quality design and a commitment to delivering an end product which represents this ethos.”

–  Paul Buljevic, Managing Director, PBD Architects

By partnering with trusted and award-winning architects, developers will be able to not merely deliver architectural design solutions but will be able to create architectural legacies. In order to develop a building that truly complements and enhances its location, both pragmatic and aesthetic elements must be considered. As such, every development design process should be a genial collaboration between architects, designers and the developer.

Development Manager, Dean Chivas, believes that we must continuously engage internal and external stakeholders throughout the design process to ensure the optimum design outcome is achieved.

“We work in conjunction with our trusted network of architects with the shared goal of emphasising innovation, sustainability and delivering excellence.

Our design philosophy pays homage to the history of a neighbourhood while looking to revitalise the community. As such, in recent partnerships with architects, our developments have focused on maximising communal spaces, sustainability design features and retaining heritage façades. Meanwhile, input at every stage from our Design and Planning Teams ensures our projects meet market demand and allows us to remain agile to deliver greater uplift.”

Building and construction

Building and construction

“What I liked most about working with Central Element was their hands-on approach to finding solutions, and their good understanding of the building process – this understanding streamlines the entire project from design to final delivery.”

– Hamish Crookes, Richard Crookes Constructions

Paramount to a developer’s success and commitment to quality is the relationship with their builder,  who will ensure the quality and construction of the development. Developers should select partners who not only just satisfy the qualification criteria but who they have a positive synergy with. This streamlines the entire delivery process and ensures a consistent quality to build.

Steve Karam is Central Element’s Senior Project Manager and manages the builders on our developments. For him, it is imperative that the developer continues to manage the relationship from the commencement to the handover process, working in tandem with builders and prioritising clear communication. Our builders appreciate this hands-on approach, which has led to several longstanding partnerships.

“Throughout the build process, we are across every detail. We monitor builder performance and contracts, implementing a detailed quality control plan throughout.

Reporting transparency underpins each development through accountability for builders, regular project meetings, PCG meetings, and maintaining complete records of costs, variations and quality.”

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Malton Beecroft Tops Out

The Malton, Central Element’s latest luxury development, has been conceived as a solution for the downsizing market, incorporating heritage features, luxury details, and lock-up-and-leave capabilities. The design by PBD Architects draws on the façade with historical significance and brings together classic design, the latest in appointments and spacious, light-filled living.

Considered Design

The design of the Malton retains the façade of two existing houses on the site, incorporating local historical elements into the development. On the development site at 6-8 Malton Rd, one of the houses was designed by architect C. Bruce Dellit. Dellit was a pioneer of art deco styling in Sydney and also responsible for the iconic Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

By retaining these elements, the development is inspired by the past yet designed for the future, with luxury finishes including timber floors, Miele or Gaggenau appliances, oak timber flooring and stone island benches.

Construction Progress

The Central Element development team and our construction partners at Belvedere Projects are making great progress on site, with development structure now in place. With the basement, ground and level 1 concrete slabs in place, the team completed the rooftop slab pour last week, despite the rain.

The brickwork for the refurbishment is also now almost complete and our carpenters have now commenced work on the roof and flooring. March will be a particularly busy month on site as the team prepare to tile the roof. Also, the electrical, hydraulics and mechanical installations in the residences will also begin.

By the end of April, the external works will be complete for both residences at number 6 and 8 Malton Road. Come May, we will have commenced the external painting, ensuring the Malton will really impress from the street.

We look forward to providing you with further updates on the delivery of this project and are looking forward to handing over to our Malton homeowners this year.

Introducing The Malton Penthouses

Welcome Home

Just a few minutes away from quaint Beecroft Village, The Malton is surrounded by lush greenery, native reserves and national parks. If you enjoy being active, the Pennant Hills Golf Course, local parklands and lawn tennis courts are just around the corner. Only a short walk up the road will bring you to the village centre filled with bookshops, restaurants, cafes, and charming boutiques.

Exclusive Seclusion

Nestled in Beecroft’s coveted Malton Road, The Malton Penthouses are a living monument to opulence and splendour. With only two penthouses available, internal areas of 174sqm – 182sqm, and ceiling heights of up to 2.9m, this is your opportunity to experience truly luxurious living. Marvel at the rich, contemporary designs and admire the classic  asthetic as you disover the malton penthouses.

Uncompromising Luxury

The Penthouses are finished with the most decadent of  fittings and fixtures ranging from oak timber floorboards, Gaggenau appliances, marble and Parasi tapware. Even the most discerning of buyers will appreciate the considered design and bespoke architectural features such as our expansive skylights, integrated custom joinery, and sumptuous inclusions like your very own wine cellar. Meanwhile, those who enjoy a bit of pampering will adore the heated floors and towel rails in the spa-like bathroom suites.

According to Nathan Chivas, Development Director:

“These penthouses represent the absolute height of luxury. We want only the best for our clients, so no feature has been spared. Both penthouses have been designed meticulously, and given the same attention to detail as if they were free-standing estates. Furthermore, each residence will be fitted with custom joinery, and include a wine cellar and real flame fireplace.”

If you want to discover a life of uncompressing luxury on Beecroft’s coveted Malton road.  Click here to disover The Malton today.

Mera Tops Out

This month, our Mera development team reached an exciting construction milestone at our Cammeray site. The development has topped out; with the rooftop slab in place, the structure is now complete. When built, Mera will be a boutique development of 14 beautifully bespoke residences.  Architecture and interiors have been masterfully crafted by the acclaimed PBD Architects and the finishes  include and opulent ensemble of Gaggenau appliances, natural stone and timber.

Our builder, Heworth Constructions have been making great progress on what was a constrained and complex site from an accessibility standpoint. With the structure now complete,  the team will soon be commencing the installation of plumbing and mechanical services and the internal framing systems on the ground floor apartments.

In keeping with our commitment to delivering quality homes shaped around the way people live, we have allowed our Mera purchasers to customise their apartments to truly reflect their needs.  We look forward to handing over to them next year.

To find out more about Mera, visit meracammeray.com.au to make an appointment.

Uncompromising Design: Our Focus is You

At Central Element, we’re focused on delivering more than just the bricks and mortar that make up our high-quality developments. We take pride in creating communities in which people can live happily and peacefully, close to the things that they love and value in life. Our ‘people-shaped property’ philosophy is what drives us to deliver and can be seen in the following precepts that guide our development process.

Location Sensitive

We understand that increasingly, people want to live in a home that allows for a lifestyle of accessibility, amenity, and convenience as opposed to a high maintenance home. In a way, it’s the new Australian property dream, and at Central Element, we are committed to designing developments that appeal to local communities.

Take our latest development, the Malton, for example. Tucked away in a leafy enclave just a minute’s walk from Beecroft Village, it is 70% sold out with completion due mid-2019. With a plethora of boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and cafes nearby, the Malton is ideally located, and it’s no surprise that it has generated fierce local interest.

More than 80% of enquiries came from within a 2km radius of the development, and all buyers have been from the local area. The Malton has been the premier option for local residents seeking an outstanding option for downsizing.

Customer Focused

It’s simple at Central Element: our focus is always on our customers. We work closely with them to facilitate the best possible end result, allowing a high level of customisation so that they can purchase a home that fulfils their every need. Whether it’s additional built-in storage needs or customised kitchen finishes, we’ll do just about whatever it takes. For example, at the Malton, our development manager, Dean would spend hours with some purchasers in the display suite customising their residences to suit their lifestyle. According to Nathan Chivas, Development Director,

“Our development managers will often spend many hours with certain buyers to be as flexible as we can. Our philosophy is not about maximising density, we really care about our purchasers and get to know them, we take the time to create something that will actually enhance their way of life.”

The Malton display suite was a hive of activity at the purchaser event

At our MERA development in Cammeray, a married couple for 22 years, Tom and Linda Greene bought two apartments. To assist them in their quest for their dream home, we helped them consolidate the apartments, adjust the kitchen bench, add extra storage and adjust windows. The result was a very satisfied customer “we’ve ended up with exactly with what we’ve wanted,” says Tom.

Deliberate Design

Central Element’s design philosophy pays homage to the heritage of a neighbourhood while revitalising the community. Respecting and retaining original heritage facades and maximising communal space are defining hallmarks of recent developments.  Across all our developments, Central Element proudly pioneers sustainable construction materials and processes.

“Every development is a collaboration with our design partners and begins with a development vision to determine how the project engages with each stakeholder and what its legacy will be to the area,” says our Development Director, Nathan Chivas. “Our team’s full suite of capabilities and expertise delivers superior architectural solutions. The planning team’s input at every stage ensures our projects meet strategic market demand and achieve uplift. Our designs emphasise innovation and optimise functionality and quality for maximum value.”

The Malton at Beecroft incorporates heritage façades and period fireplaces into the design.
The Malton at Beecroft incorporates heritage façades and period fireplaces into the design.

Central Element has three upcoming developments planned for 2019 and we look forward to continuing our focus on design and construction philosophies that place innovation and sustainability at the forefront.

Our Ethos

At Central Element our team possesses an uncompromising commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and everything we do. From meeting with purchasers for hours to offer an array of customisation solutions, to staying on construction sites all night at times, or to our development managers personally selecting each individual plant  at the nursery, we genuinely love what we do and deliver for our customers.

Malton, Beecroft 70% Sold Out

Tucked away in a quiet, leafy enclave just a short stroll from Beecroft village is The Malton. A limited collection of beautifully designed luxury homes in Beecroft’s most sought-after street. The Malton has been designed for the discerning downsizer market. With 70% of residences now sold, construction is well underway, and the  Malton homeowners will be moving into the development next year.

The development

A classic design philosophy has provided The Malton residences with a rare sense of warmth and character. These unique 3-bedroom garden homes and penthouse-style apartments feature contemporary finishes including Miele appliances and stone benchtops. However, the residences will also have an air of classic elegance as the development design will retain the sensitively restored heritage façade that has historical significance; designed by C. Bruce Delli, the architect who designed the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park,

“Our vision for The Malton wouldn’t be complete without the historical facades,” says Nathan Chivas, Development Director at Central Element. “By paying special attention to the heritage that these homes hold, we’ve been able to complement classical architecture with modern interiors, creating a comfortable and classic home, with a timeless design.”

The location

Just a few minutes’ walk from the leafy haven of The Malton is Beecroft Village. Centered around the village green, this welcoming community is home to an exciting mix of boutiques, bookshops, restaurants and cafes to relax in. With Pennant Hills Golf Course and lawn tennis courts right nearby, there’s lots of amenity for those with a more active lifestyle, and the local parkland is a picturesque spot in which to take a stroll.

Recent news

The display suite opened to the public in July. Builders, Belvedere Projects, have been on site since then and have now completed all bulk excavation. By Christmas, the basement slab will be poured and structure will begin to take place.

All of the Malton buyers have been from the local area, indicating that the Malton is the premier option for local residents looking for a high-quality downsizing development option.

“The feedback to The Malton has been overwhelming,” says Kevin Dearlove, Principal of Stone Beecroft and selling agent. “Visitors to the display suite have commented that the finishes are very high-end, and purchasers have loved its blue chip location. Over 80% of enquiries have come from within 2km of the development – a sure sign that The Malton has garnered up significant interest with the local market.”

Aerial of the Malton construction site.

The Malton is due for completion in 2019. Find out more about the Malton here.

In the Press: Winner of 2018 UDIA NSW Award and Finalist in C40 Reinventing Cities

Our Capri, Point Frederick development won at the 2018 UDIA NSW and it has also been announced that we have reached the final stage of the C40 Reinventing Cities Competition.  It is great to receive industry recognition through competitions and awards like these that recognise innovation, sustainability and industry leadership.

Sydney developer Central Element has taken out a development award at the 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Central Element’s development Capri, Point Frederick won the Excellence in NSW Regions Development award at 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Central Element development director Nathan Chivas said the company was thrilled to receive the award.

“At Central Element, we’re committed to quality – and proud of our ability to create developments that enhance communities,” Chivas said.

“We believe our work speaks for itself, however it is great to receive industry recognition through an award like this which recognise innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development.”

Capri was part of Central Element’s revitalisation of the Point Frederick area and was completed in December 2017. The design incorporates 20 luxury apartments comprising a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, with all apartments above level one offering water views.

Capri was part of Central Element’s revitalisation of the Point Frederick area and was completed in December 2017.

The building was conceived as three separate “wings” and is situated within winding waterways, surrounded by lush parklands.

Capri was delivered by an award-winning development team, with White + Dickson Architects and Richard Crookes Construction as the builder.

The developer was also shortlisted as a finalist in three other categories: Excellence in Medium-Density Development (below 100 dwellings) for Aura – Pymble (in partnership with HCAP); Excellence in NSW Regions Development for Albany, Point Frederick and Capri was also finalist in the Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development category.

Adding to the UDIA award win, Central Element’s was also shortlisted with just 5 other developers this week for the final stage of the C40 re-inventing cities competition.

A global competition, C40 calls for architects, planners, environmentalists and developers to drive carbon-neutral and resilient urban regeneration across the world, transforming under-utilised sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

Central Element’s was also shortlisted with just 5 other developers this week for the final stage of the C40 re-inventing cities competition.

Reinventing citiesCentral Element is shortlisted to redevelop The Falls Carpark in Auckland, NZ in a masterful collaboration with renowned French architect Nicolas Laisné Architectes and Rotunno Justman Architectes

Along with the two French architects, Central Element will partner with XLam, Transsolar and Denning Asia to deliver a mixed-use project with low carbon emissions from a mass timber structure and on-site renewable energy supply.

In addition to awards recognition and the C40 competition, Central Element also has two luxury residential developments under construction: MERA Cammeray and The Malton Beecroft.

The developer is set to release a new project Aruma Pymble later this year.

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