Brookfield Proposes Innovative Built-to-Rent Development at Portside Wharf, Hamilton

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In an effort to provide more housing solutions to a waiting market, Brookfield has submitted a groundbreaking development application for a dual-tower, built-to-rent residential project in Portside Wharf, Hamilton. 

The proposal, designed by renowned architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, aims to revolutionize the rental market by offering 560 purpose-built apartments alongside a range of non-residential amenities. 


Located at 11 Macarthur Avenue, the project seeks to create a vibrant and sustainable community within the picturesque riverfront site with two 23-storey towers standing at a maximum height of approximately 85 meters. This would be the first built-to-rent (BTR) project in Northshore Hamilton, demonstrating Brookfield‘s commitment to innovative housing solutions. 



The apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units for low-income households, students and vulnerable populations.

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Aside from high-density residential units, the key features of the development include a café, a shop with a dog-grooming salon, a sizable co-working space, and a gymnasium. Whilst primarily intended for residents, the non-residential spaces are also open to the broader community, fostering inclusivity and social interaction.

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The proposed food and drink outlets are designed with their own unique layout to accommodate diverse retail concepts. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, while the café provides a space for coffee and light meals. 


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The office spaces are meant to cater to the needs of various businesses, with different sizes and configurations, including meeting rooms, conference facilities, and workstations. Additionally, the development will feature a parking station with multiple levels, designated spaces, and separate areas for motorcycles and bicycles to ensure convenient and secure parking for residents and visitors.

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To promote a sense of community, the development will offer ample communal space, including a sizable recreation zone on the podium level. This area has outdoor pools and spas, seating areas, garden lawns, a residents’ lounge, wellness and spa facilities, a wine library, private dining areas, a dog lawn, BBQ areas, and a games room.

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The proposed development is also committed to sustainability, targeting a 4 Star Green Star ‘Buildings’ rating. The apartments will aim for exceptional performance in the Green Star ‘Energy Use’ category, achieving an average NatHERS 7-star rating across the development and a minimum rating of 5.5 stars. 

The project will incorporate a car share scheme and electric vehicle charging facilities, along with dedicated solar panel zones on the rooftop to supply common areas with electricity.



The development application, #DEV2023/1402, was submitted to the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 18 May 2023 and is currently under review. 

Published 25-May-2023