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.”

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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 cities
Central 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.

For more information on Central Element and their upcoming projects, click here.

Winner at 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

We are thrilled to announced that Central Element won at the 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence. We were awarded for Excellence in NSW Regions Development.

At Central Element, we’re committed to quality – and proud of our ability to create developments that enhance communities. We believe our work speaks for itself, however it is great to receive industry recognition through an award like this which recognises innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development.

Capri was part of Central Element’s revitalisation of the Point Frederick area. The design incorporates 20 luxurious apartments consisting of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, with all apartments above level one offering water views. The building was created as three separate ‘wings’ and is situated within winding waterways, surrounded by lush parklands and a beautiful foreshore.

Thank you to our development partners on the project, White + Dickson Architects and Richard Crookes Construction.

 

 

 

In addition to the win we were also finalists in three other categories; Excellence in Medium-Density Development: Below 100 Dwellings for Aura – Pymble, Excellence in NSW Regions Development for Albany- Point Frederick and Capri was also finalist in the Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development category.

The Malton Launches

Construction on The Malton has commenced with proposed completion set for August 2019. The development is aimed at the “downsizing” over 55s market, with a combination of heritage features, luxury details and lock-up-and-leave capabilities. The design draws on the heritage façade, bringing together classic design values, the latest in appointments and spacious, light-filled living.

 

 

The new display suite showcases all the unique features of this exciting new development, including generous living areas, stone floors in bathrooms, European appliances in kitchens and premium finishes.

 

 

In keeping with our commitment to delivering quality homes shaped around the way people live, this limited collection of quality 3 bedroom garden homes and unique penthouse style apartments can be customised to reflect the personal style and needs of the home buyer.

 

 

 

To find out more about this rare opportunity, visit themalton.com.au to make an appointment.

Grand Finalists in 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

At Central Element, we believe that our work speaks for itself – our commitment to quality work and superior fittings have always won us industry approval and praise from our partners as well as our customers.
Which is why we are thrilled to announce that we are a finalist in four categories in the 2018 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence (Urban Development Institute of Australia).
These prestigious awards recognise innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development.

 

AURA

Pymble – Excellence in Medium-Density Development: Below 100 Dwellings
Aura is Central Element’s flagship development. The striking architecture created by PBD Architects uses a stunning mix of natural and modern materials. Glass balustrades ensure that sweeping views are optimised. Nestled within established trees on Pymble’s hilltop, the development contains 79 generously sized residences released at an above-average market price due to their superior design and quality finishes. Kitchens and bathrooms feature stone and concealed lighting for a timeless finish, while open-plan living areas provide luxurious spaciousness .

 

CAPRI

Point Frederick – Excellence in Small-Scale Infill Development and Excellence in NSW Regions Development (two awards)
Part of Central Element’s revitalisation of the Point Frederick area, Capri’s visionary architecture is the work of White + Dickson Architects. The design incorporates 20 luxurious apartments consisting of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments, with all apartments above level one offering water views.
The building was created as three separate ‘wings’ and is situated within winding waterways, surrounded by lush parklands and a beautiful foreshore.

 

ALBANY

Point Frederick – Excellence in NSW Regions Development
The Albany was designed by award-winning architects Marchese Partners and consists of 54 stunning architectural residences with a range of studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. The design ensures water views are optimised, whilst also providing privacy for residents. The building’s appeal is enhanced by lush landscaped gardens.
Interiors in the development combine natural finishes with a modern aesthetic and feature luxurious Italian fittings in the kitchens and bathrooms, allowing for effortless entertaining.

Living The Downsizing Dream

Meet Tom and Linda Greene

Husband and wife Tom and Linda have been together for over 27 years and married for 22. They’ve recently sold their business to pursue some adventures, including a five-month European trip. After buying two apartments in MERA in Cammeray (which they amalgamated into one), they spent a lot of time working with Central Element to customise their purchase, so it will be perfect when they move in next year. Here they tell their story – and their journey with Central Element.

 

Why the move?

Tom: We lived at Walsh Bay for 15 years in a two-level penthouse. When we sold the business, we knew we were going to be living differently, so we decided to downsize in size and value, to release capital and go on an amazing trip.

Linda: We lived in Cammeray for 10 years on and off before that and we loved the area. Walsh Bay is fabulous, but there is a lot of development there now and the building is over 15 years old. So moving to MERA is lovely as it’s new and fresh and everything is at that luxury end.

 

How have you made your apartment your own?

Tom: It’s been a lot of work in planning for us, but it’s been worthwhile as we’ve ended up exactly with what we’ve wanted.

Linda: Central Element has been good because even though we’ve bought off the plan, we’re getting more of a bespoke apartment. We’ve been able to say this is where we’d like light switches and this is where we’d like electrical points. When we move in everything will be exactly as we want it and exactly as we imagined. It will all just fit. We’ve added extra wardrobes, moved the kitchen island bench to make it a walk around, and because we got in so early, we’ve moved the island bench and increased the window size. The bathroom is going to be really beautiful. It’s already lovely because of the heated towel rails and underfloor heating, but we’ve also added under bench lighting on a dual switch so we can use that as a night light. We’re turning one of the bedrooms into a study so we removed a wardrobe and added extra data points. We were even able to consolidate two apartments to get the size we wanted.

 

What are you looking forward to about living in MERA?

Linda: Feeling settled and saying wow, we made the right choice; it was a good decision. I’m looking forward to feeling that it all flows, it all works and looking forward to seeing the landscaping. It marks the beginning of the great next chapter.

 

How did you find the Central Element experience?

Linda: Our perception of Central Element started in the initial stages with our dealings with Ray White – Nicole and Tim were responsive to every request. They would take information from us and feed it back to CE and CE would then respond quickly. Things were resolved quickly, which was good. When we got to our wrap up meeting we had the architect, the designer, Central Element’s David Goldman, as well as Nicole and Tim from Ray White. We walked out of that meeting and thought – this has been a good decision. Because when we walk into our apartment we want to say, “This is great, this is what we were expecting”.

In the Press: Mera in Cammeray, a dream for downsizers on the North Shore

Our Mera Cammeray development was recently featured on realestate.com.au and news.com.au as a superior choice for price and size for couples looking to downsize.


DOWNSIZERS on the north shore are facing limited options when deciding to sell and move, despite a string of new developments.

Many downsizers are priced out of the market for suitable properties that meets their needs.

Chadwicks Real Estate selling agent Noel Zammit said a lot of developments were too expensive for them.

“If the average house price is $1.9 million on the north shore, there really isn’t much available for those who don’t want to live in apartment blocks,” he said. “A lot of downsizers don’t want huge strata fees and since they are used to living in houses, they want something smaller like a villa with a garden.”

These types of developments were not being built because it was difficult to get approvals, he said.

“For developers its difficult to get approval for villas as council doesn’t allow subdivisions into smaller blocks,” he claimed.

Mr Zammit said he has spoken to many would-be downsizers who wanted to sell but couldn’t afford to buy in the same area.

“Unless they have a $3 million home, many would love to downsize, but can’t afford anything in the area that suits their needs, so they stay put, which makes it hard for families to buy houses,” he said.

McConnell Bourn selling agent Scott Farquhuar said options were limited for downsizers wanting to stay on the upper north shore.

“Trying to get a free standing single level property, with an easy to care garden, walking distance to the station is really hard to find,” he said. “While there are apartments around, most downsizers don’t want that, as they come from large houses on a big block.”

Mr Farquhuar said while it Is what it is, it does make it hard for downsizers to stay in their community.

“If they do find something, it is most likely going to be hotly contested,” he said.

Downsizers Tom and Linda Greene said finding a suitable north shore place was hard to come by.

“The choices were certainly limited in the price/size/quality combinations that we were looking for on the north shore,” he said.

The couple are planning to move from a two-storey Walsh Bay penthouse into one of the 14 two- and three-bedroom apartments on offer at MERA in Cammeray, which is due to be completed by 2019.

“We loved the MERA development, as having everything brand-new and fresh was what we wanted,” Mrs Greene said.

This article was originally featured on realestate.com.au

In the Press: The Malton is a development with a historic significance

The Malton Beecroft was recently featured on realestate.com for its artistic appeal and suitability for downsizers. Designed by the architect responsible for the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park, The Malton boasts boutique-style living with a strong sense of community. 


The Malton Beecroft is an over 55s development with an amazing connection to one of Sydney’s most significant landmark buildings.

One of the two houses on the development site at 6-8 Malton Rd, Beecroft, was designed by the architect responsible for the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

The boutique complex spans two blocks and incorporated into the design are two existing houses that have historic significance.

The inter war house built in 1941 at 6 Malton Rd was designed by architect C. Bruce Dellit, who also designed the Anzac Memorial. Dellit was a pioneer of art deco styling in Sydney.

In 1929, he won a design competition for an Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, beating more than 100 other entrants. The building with a striking stepped silhouette, which features the sculptures of Raynor Hoff, was completed in 1934, five years later.

It has been acclaimed as Australia’s finest example of monumental Art Deco architecture.

The Federation bungalow at 8 Malton Rd was built in 1914. It is believed the house was designed and built by local William Nixon.

Kevin Dearlove from Stone Real Estate, Beecroft said the facades of both houses would be restored. The Federation house interiors are also intact and include high skirting boards, picture rails and restored fireplaces.

“There has been heavy consultation with the council and others to ensure that it is a joint

effort to restore rather than rebuild,” Mr Dearlove said.

During the planning stages of the development, the team at Stone Real Estate conducted interviews with local downsizers to find out what they wanted in a home.

Mr Dearlove said the trends were as clear as glass.

“They are looking for brand new, quality living where they can lock up and go,” Mr Dearlove said. “They don’t want to or need to downsize to multi-level apartments — they want boutique-style living in a small community, surrounded by people they know and trust.”

Increasingly, downsizers are not willing to give up the little things that bring joy into their lives.

“They want a garden and pets,” Mr Dearlove said.

This wish list was taken on-board by Stone Real Estate and developer Central Element, both working in tandem on the project.

The boutique complex has 10 dwellings — four semi-detached houses, four garden apartments and two penthouse apartments. All have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces. The penthouse apartments have a double-sided lift so each property contains its own foyer entrance.

The buyers guide is in the range of $2.25 million-$2.75 million. Three of the garden apartments have already sold off-the-plan.

“People want to stay in the local area, near the golf club, their networks, the village,” Mr Dearlove said. “This style of development suits them.”

The three-bedroom residences have premium finishes such as timber floors, classic colour schemes and copious storage. Working with Central Element, buyers will be able to customise their new homes.

This article was originally featured on realestate.com.au

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