Interview with Project Manager, Kelli Howell
This month we sat down with our Project Manager at The Glades at Byford, Kelli Howell, and asked her what makes The Glades such a special place.
Located at the foot of the Darling Scarp approximately 2kms south-west of the Byford town centre along Abernethy Road, The Glades is a fully integrated master-planned community comprising residential, employment, educational, retail, commercial and community uses. Based on the concept of a ‘modern village’, The Glades will eventually have 3,600 homes in discrete precincts, integrated into the natural environment and all within an easy walk to local shops and schools.
Kelli, tell us about The Glades at Byford. What stage is it at now?
The Glades commenced construction in June 2007, so we are nine years into the project. We have sold 1,280 homesites in total and approximately 2,320 remain.
What do you think makes The Glades at Byford a special place to live?
For me it is the generous open space areas.
The Glades has been designed with 2.5kms of linear parklands providing a diverse range of recreational opportunities in the form of activity nodes, all connected by a series of walk and cycle trails.
I love seeing local residents out enjoying the spaces – whether that be running, walking, on bikes or kids just playing.
Tell us about the location of The Glades
The Glades is located just 5 minutes to the Byford town centre and is well positioned close to the entry point to the Tonkin Highway, providing great access to the broader Perth Metropolitan network, including being just 15 minutes to the Kwinana Freeway.
What styles of housing are at The Glades?
The Glades has considerably more varied sizes of housing and homesites when compared with other typical sub divisions. It was important to us that all ages and stages of life were catered for at The Glades – whether that be first home buyers, large families or downsizers.
What do you think makes The Glades such a great place to live, work and play?
It is a diverse community, made up of first home buyers, young families, second and third homebuyers and retirees.
The Glades is also home to precincts with different themes, all with their own identity, giving people a sense of belonging and pride at a local level.
The Glades has great amenity and facilities with the future Village Centre and lake.
Being a master-planned community provides a great selection of schools, now and into the future and as mentioned previously provides beautiful open spaces over and above many other developments.
The Glades has a big focus on the environment. Tell us about that.
The Glades prides itself on being a leader in sustainable development and design principles having been developed in an environmentally sensitive manner.
The landscaped “multiple-use” corridors foster a unique local character and sense of place that is sensitive to the existing rural heritage of the locality, whilst maintaining their natural function as drainage corridors and habitat for native flora and fauna.
More than 85% of the trees within The Glades site (when LWP purchased it) have been retained, either within road reserves or public open space, while Australian native plants have been used extensively in the landscaping design.
To promote energy efficiency, 85% of homesites at The Glades are located on a north/south alignment, enabling the construction of passive solar houses and reducing the need to rely on air conditioning in summer and heating in winter.
A key feature of The Glades is also the water sensitive urban design principles adopted which take into account the natural hydrology of the site. Waterwise landscaping packages also ensure that each homesite has a waterwise front yard and we also incentivize a 2,500L rainwater tank which is connected to the toilet and laundry.
What has made the community so great at The Glades from the early stages?
Whilst investing upfront in physical infrastructure, we have also invested heavily in creating a viable community in The Glades through partnerships with YMCA and AWESOME Arts, and simple meet and greet occasions tailored to The Glades residents’ requirements.
The people that live at The Glades are great – they are a community that look out for each other and are really positive about ensuring The Glades continues to be a great place to live.
Finally, if you were at a BBQ and someone asked you about The Glades, how would you describe it in just one sentence?
Community focused, with great facilities and fabulous open spaces!