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Our blog features the news and views of a variety of our employees, suppliers and residents. From expert, leading commentary from our Managing Director Mr Danny Murphy through to thoughts on what makes a great community from our local residents, our blog is designed to provide insight into what it takes to make sustainable communities in which people can live, work and play. If you have any ideas for future topics, please email us.

Project in focus: Trinity at Alkimos

by Heather Awcock - 28 Jul 2015


INTERVIEW WITH SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, ALF LAY

This month, we sat down with Senior Project Manager, Alf Lay, to find out why Trinity is such a great place to call home.   

Located in Perth’s north western coastal corridor in the suburb of Alkimos, Trinity is close to the Butler Town Centre and the future Alkimos regional centre. It is also only a few minutes away from Perth’s northern beaches and walking distance to the Butler Train Station.

The master-planned community has been designed with the principle of ‘connection’ in mind. Each intimate precinct borrows design elements from the charming villages of Europe where residents are connected to one another, the environment and the local economy.

On completion, Trinity will comprise approximately 2,500 homes for 7,500 people across three unique villages.

Alf, can you please tell us about Trinity and what stage is it at?
Trinity was established in 2010. Five years down the track, it is now around 50 per cent complete.

We have almost completed development of our first village, Agora, and have approximately 270 homesites left to construct. We also have about 160 left in Atelier (our second village) to construct.

From here we will move West of Marmion Avenue in about 2-3 years time to construct our third village for Trinity.

What is it about Trinity that makes it so special?
Trinity truly has a fantastic community vibe.

The area is safe and secure with well-appointed public open spaces as well as great walk trails, an interactive bushwalk and fitness stations to encourage healthy living.  

For those who appreciate art and architecture, there is public art galore, which is incorporated into an amazing art walk for visitors and residents to enjoy.

The strong focus on retention of natural topography and bushland is another plus for nature lovers.

The newly formed Trinity Residents’ Association is helping to bring the community closer together and we are excitedly awaiting the completion of the new Trinity primary school. The school is currently under construction and expected to open in February 2016 – a real drawcard for young families.

Please tell us more about the location of Trinity
Trinity is a coastal community in Alkimos and is approximately a 25 minute drive to Joondalup. It can be accessed from Marmion Avenue or Connolly Drive and is about 40km from the Perth CBD.

It is 5 minutes from the beach and a short drive to the Mindarie Marina, Yanchep National Park, the suburb of Butler and district commercial and shopping centres.

When we first planned Trinity, we based our design on the principle of connection- a local connection with the coast, ocean and surrounding bushland as well as a wider connection with key commercial hubs such as Joondalup, Wanneroo, Perth and the future Alkimos Regional Centre. 

What styles of housing are at available Trinity?
Trinity has been carefully designed to accommodate a variety of housing options, including low maintenance cottage lots, traditional lots with plenty of room for a growing family and country homesites that take advantage of this beautiful coastal setting.

At Trinity we know the secret to encouraging a true community feeling is to avoid a place where all houses look exactly the same. Trinity isn’t a characterless collection of houses dropped onto similar sized homesites, instead we have encouraged innovation in designs.

We are also delighted to be opening our new display village in our second village (Atelier) at Trinity. It will really showcase some unique designs and housing styles suitable for the area. The display village will open on the weekend of 29-30 August, 2015.

Importantly, all of the homesites at Trinity are flat and easy to build on – that is not something you always find in typical sub-divisions.

In your opinion, what makes Trinity such a great place to live, work and play?
Firstly, it was important for LWP to ensure there was something to suit everyone, regardless of their budget or lifestyle. This is why we offer competitive pricing and a diverse range of lot sizes.

Secondly, in addition to being well serviced by the Butler Train Station, Trinity is easily accessible and well-located in terms of access to the city, Joondalup and nearby beaches. Vitally, employment hubs are also within easy reach.

However, I must say one of the most special things about Trinity is the passionate local community. Trinity is full of residents who are keen to make this place special and they really look out for each other and take pride in where they live.

Lastly, if could describe Trinity in a few short words, how would you describe it?
I would say it is a safe, secure beachside location and above all, has a great community focus!

Project in focus: The Glades at Byford

by Heather Awcock - 21 Jul 2015

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!

Art comes to life at Trinity at Alkimos

by Heather Awcock - 16 Jun 2015

Public art plays a unique and important role in our community. It becomes part of our collective history and evolves and changes with us. As this happens, it reflects and reveals who we are, tells stories about us and gives great meaning and character to a place.

At each of our LWP developments we have a program in place to ensure public art pieces are there for everyone to enjoy and ensure that the history of each place is recognized and celebrated. You can find our more about why public art is so important to us in our previous blog post: Public Art’s Role in Building Communities

Trinity at Alkimos is a development particularly focused on art.

In fact Atelier, the most recent village to be developed at Trinity, has a strong arts theming and is a place where art and self expression are encouraged even in the house styles, through personalized letterboxes, coloured doors and non uniform lot sizes.

Public art at Trinity plays an essential role in sparking the imaginations of local residents, so much so we have developed an arts walk for people to enjoy.

The walk takes people from the village centre all the way to the sales office at Trinity and features over 13 pieces of art by various well known Western Australian artists. Some of the pieces include: 

  • Patterns in Life, Patterns in Nature by Steve Tepper is an abstract sculpture drawing inspiration from the local Banskia plant.
  • Special Delivery by Andrew Kay initially appears to be two innocent letterboxes, but for those that look closely you will find native animals exploring the letterboxes, serving to remind us of our proximity to the beautiful bushland surrounding Trinity.
  • Cool for Kids by Judith Forest is a favourite amongst the locals. It is a fun artwork positioned close to one of our playgrounds featuring three larger than life icecreams.
  • Unity by Tony Jones is probably one of our most ‘famed’ pieces. Simple, yet striking it is a local landmark on the north west coast and draws inspiration from Trinity’s natural environment.

Brochures for the art walk are available from the Information & Sales office on the corner of Marmion Avenue and Santorini Promenade in Alkimos 2pm-5pm on Mondays, 9am – 5pm Tuesday - Friday and 1pm – 5pm on weekends and public holidays. You can also download a copy here

What does community really look like?

by Heather Awcock - 22 Apr 2015

At LWP our aim is to create sustainable communities for people to live, work and play and has been for the last 20 years.

However, the term creating communities has gained popularity in recent years, so potentially has lost the meaning it once had.

So what does community REALLY look like?

For us, it is a place where people know their neighbour’s names, where children play in the street, where the local shop owner knows just how you like your morning coffee.

It isn’t just words on paper or promises of a great community life.

Community is people. People living, working and playing together.

We are fortunate enough to have been developing new communities for over 20 years and recently celebrated a community in action at our flagship community of Ellenbrook, Western Australia.

In the early hours of Thursday 5 March, local residents woke to find a very large box in a park in the village of Malvern Springs.

It came with a set of simple instructions. ‘Return at noon on Saturday 7 March with at least 20 of your neighbours and friends to open the box. Wait for the buzzer to sound and then press all 20 buttons at the same time.’

People were baffled and took to social media to try and guess what was in the box and who was behind the big surprise. All three Perth TV stations also got in on the act, reporting live in the days leading up and asking people to guess ‘what was in the mysterious Ellenbrook box’.

Over 1,000 local residents gathered in the Malvern Springs park at midday on Saturday 7 March and all worked together to open the box and were treated to a fantastic surprise when they did.

The residents worked together to press the buttons simultaneously to reveal a burst of balloons, confetti and coloured smoke with the WA band Boys, Boys, Boys performing. Food and icecream, circus entertainers and facepainters also magically appeared much to the delight of the crowd.

This fun initiative was designed to highlight great community outcomes when people join forces, even in the smallest ways.

Local residents at our communities, such as Ellenbrook, often say the best thing about living where they do is the sense of community, that they know their neighbours and that people look out for each other.

To be able to orchestrate such a massive surprise and to see twenty residents get together to open a mystery box and then join together in what was a great street party was truly something special and exactly what community is all about.

To check it out for yourself, visit our video of the big box reveal in action at
www.mylwpcommunity.com.au

EQUIS LAKE – Escape the ordinary

by Stacy Norton - 14 Apr 2015

A guest post by Stacy Norton, Project Manager at Equis Lake

Remember when you were a child and summer days seemed to stretch for weeks?

Think back to family time by the river or at a local park, hours exploring nature and lazy Sunday picnics shared with friends. Life moved at a slower pace – you had time to smell the roses. To explore. To relax and revitalise the senses.

LWP has been working hard to create this same sense of tranquility at Equis Lake.

Nestled below the Darling Range on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, this private pocket of The Vines has been carefully planned to offer seclusion, without foregoing affordability or convenience.

In its past life, Equis Lake was an equestrian estate used for the training and agistment of horses. The property contained numerous stables, trainers’ quarters and a manor house.

Today, the picturesque Sawpit Gully – with its natural lake – runs through the middle of the development and forms a stunning focal point.

Walking trails, a family park, picnic areas and gazebos have been thoughtfully designed to help residents connect with the beautiful surroundings and soak up the views. They are being constructed in stages along with look-out decks and seating areas.

And, in a nod to the buildings that once stood on the estate, the development will feature contemporary-rural houses with a timeless style. Think wide verandahs, traditionally pitched roofs, gables and a mix of materials.

Underpinning LWP’s commitment to create a private sanctuary at Equis Lake, less than 250 homesites (ranging in size from about 300sqm to 600sqm) will be created.

Around half of the homesites have been sold since the development was launched in 2013 and it has been a pleasure to watch the first houses spring up over the last year.  

While retreating to a private estate is a charming ideal, location and convenience remained front of mind for LWP when we planned this new community.

For those of us needing to return to work or school at the end of a relaxing weekend, this picturesque development is close to the Ellenbrook Town Centre, Midland and only 35kms from the Perth CBD.

If you’ve been yearning for a quiet neighbourhood that still ticks all the boxes for modern living, Equis Lake may just hold the key.

Our guide to buying land – Part 5 – The Big Build and Moving

by Stacy Norton - 25 Mar 2015

Congratulations! The planning is done, the paperwork has been lodged and you can now focus on pre-start.

Think colour schemes and fixtures, kitchen fittings and more…

It is also a great time to consider and perhaps arrange relevant insurances or financial protections so they are in place once you’ve made the big move.

Covering the following topics, the videos in The Big Build discuss some of the personal touches homebuilders can add to their homes, as well as practical advice to help you enjoy your new investment for many years to come:

  • Designing a great bedroom
  • What to expect at your pre-start meeting
  • Consumer protection insurance
  • Tips on building and contents insurance
  • Choosing a functional kitchen design
  • Living room designs you’ll love
  • Income protection insurance

Find out on YouTube now.

Our guide to buying land – Part 4 – The Paperwork

by Ryan Milroy - 18 Mar 2015

Building a home can sometimes feel like a time consuming and stressful experience but there lots of things you can do to help avoid delays and streamline the process.

At LWP we are all about creating communities to live, work and play in.

We want to help remove some of the pressures that may arise before construction commences and that’s where our Sales staff come in. They are more than happy to help answer all of your questions and walk you through this vital process.

You will also need to engage a Settlement Agent to liaise with your financial institution and other relevant authorities.

It’s important that you get the paperwork right so we’ve created a series of short and informative videos to get you thinking about property settlement.

In this series of videos we walk you through the following:

  • Applying for the first home owners grant
  • The role of a settlement agent
  • The importance of signing and returning settlement documents on time
  • Paying stamp duty
  • Nominating a settlement agent

Find out more by watching the YouTube clips now.

Our guide to buying land – Part 3 – The Big Decision

by Stacy Norton - 11 Mar 2015

Finance is locked in, your budget is in place and now it’s time to make some exciting choices about your home’s design.

From its orientation and elevation, to choosing low energy appliances or water saving devices, there are many things to consider.

In The Big Decision, our Urban Design guru, Stacy Norton, shares some handy tips to help you comply with any covenants or guidelines relevant to your development without compromising on you’re the design of your dreams.

Covering the following topics, this series of short videos will help you get on with the business of bringing your home to life in one of our great communities:

  • Making changes to your home design
  • Keeping your design within budget
  • Choosing a home design that suits your block
  • How to ensure your design complies with relevant design guidelines
  • Creating a more environmentally friendly design 

Learn more on YouTube now.

Our guide to buying land – Part 2 – Money, Money, Money

by Ryan Milroy - 24 Feb 2015

So, you’ve decided to build a new home and it’s time to think about finance.

At LWP we are committed to bringing each of our vibrant communities to life. We understand that first homebuyers may need a little help along the way and that’s why we've compiled a simple and comprehensive land and home buyers guide to help you learn more about the process of building.

When you consider the many different lenders and financial products on offer, government grants and fees and other associated costs, it’s easy to get confused.

Budget and finance are the focus of our second series of videos, Money, Money, Money, where we explore topics such as:

  • The benefits of visiting local branches or engaging a mobile lender
  • How online tools and phone mortgage calculators can help you determine just how much you may be able to borrow
  • The importance of creating a monthly budget
  • Making extra loan repayments
  • Mortgage brokers versus banks?
  • How mortgage repayments are calculated
  • The different fees you may have to pay

Watch now on YouTube:

Attention to detail meets old world charm at Annie’s Village

by Melanie Carpenter - 11 Feb 2015

There’s inspiration aplenty at the new display village at Annie’s Landing in Ellenbrook where verandas, metal deck roofs and large gables have emerged as popular trends.

Opened late last year, many of the 28 new display homes take their cues from the strong sense of character and natural beauty of the Avon Valley.

The Avon Valley itself offers a range of architectural styles, from the Australian homestead to New Norcia’s Spanish Revival designs. Many were introduced from Europe and adapted to withstand the challenges of the Australian environment – a factor that’s just as important today.

A high level of detailing – think pitched roofs, local Toodyay stone, weatherboards and face brick in warm, autumn shades – can be spotted throughout the display village.

Light-coloured render, simple forms, painted brickwork, vertically proportioned windows and wide verandas also feature in many of the display homes.

Megan Buckland, Project Manager for the Ellenbrook Town Centre, shares her thoughts on why people have been drawn to the fantastic new designs on display.

A growing number of homebuilders are being drawn to a sense of tradition and substance.

Traditional elements are being combined with contemporary styling, creating elevations that are diverse and interesting, which is really exciting to see.

Many homebuyers are also keen to personalise their home’s exterior with details such as double veranda posts, window hoods, corbelling, mouldings and rendered plinths.

At Annie’s Landing, each builder has created an individual home, demonstrating how homebuyers can add as much or as little detail as they like while still meeting the design guidelines we set for Annie’s Landing.

Each builder has also illustrated how the building guidelines can be interpreted depending on whether the homebuyer is looking for something very classic or something more contemporary.

Before choosing a style for your new home, why not take a drive to the Annie’s Landing display village off Banrock Drive in Ellenbrook and let its natural charm inspire you. For display village opening times and further information, visit www.ellenbrook.com.au or call the LWP sales team on 9297 9999.

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