"> Brighton on Bay – UPco

259-279 Bay Street, Brighton

Client: Brighton Bay Developments Pty Ltd
Project type: Residential (retirement living), commercial (retail)
Stakeholders: City of Bayside, local community

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The project
Our client, Lendlease, wanted to redevelop a large parcel of land in the Bay Street Activity Centre to create ‘The Brighton on Bay’: a luxury retirement village with nine retail tenancies. To make the most of the space available, the development would encompass the careful restoration of existing structures, as well as the construction of a new four-storey building.

To deliver both great sustainability and a premium resident experience, the project was designed to include climate-considered landscaping, a rainwater tank, an assortment of exciting entertainment options (such as a clubhouse, cinema and library) and a gym and swimming pool. UPco was happy to jump in to help make all of this a reality.

The challenge

Our first planning challenge was to integrate the old with the new. The site was home to a former bank and a Victorian-era shop building, which would both need to be skilfully restored to maintain their character. This was achieved through a design response that seamlessly reconciled the heritage architecture with a new four-storey building, which would wrap around a sunny communal courtyard.
However the second challenge was a little trickier: the fact that the project had no initial support from Council.

The outcome

Mindful of Council’s position, UPco advised on design changes that included modifications to the building envelope, and a reduction in the number of units. These changes garnered support within a VCAT hearing, and a permit was subsequently issued. ‘The Brighton on Bay’ went on to be completed, and is now up and running, increasing retail opportunities and enhancing housing choices for Brighton retirees.