With 74 units across seven storeys, this project, built by 60-year-old WA company Jaxon, is an attempt to bring an element of ‘fine china’ into WA’s Subiaco district. Melanie Basta speaks to Travis Harvey, business development manager at Jaxon.
The competitively procured project, completed in 82 weeks, boasts a set of alluring features on its seventh floor. Beautiful they may be, these amenities did not come without their challenges throughout the build. Completed with Edge Visionary Living and Hillam Architects, Botanical is an attempt to break barriers and bring premium living to inner-city Subiaco.
In distinctive gold screens, the project has two basement levels, six apartment levels and a roof terrace providing significant amenities, landscaping and sophistication.
“The facade and the level seven communal facilities were the most challenging parts of the build. There’s a horizon edge pool, an operable roof and a lot of perforated, anodised steel,” says Travis.
The apartment building, which was launched for its grand opening in mid-March this year, is the first of its kind in the semi-industrialised area of Subiaco. The ground floor will also be a space for cafes and shops.
Jaxon followed a design and construct process, one which Travis believes is key for delivering projects efficiently and effectively. It’s also among the advice he would give to other builders.
“Make sure you’re giving clients a detailed brief from the beginning,” he says. “They may be unfamiliar with certain documents or design, so earlier contract involvement, from the conception of design, is important.”
With projects that feature premium amenities, it can be challenging working with a multitude of trades.
“You get a few cowboys in the industry. Finishing trades like getting the ceilings, walls and tiling done can be tough.”
Jaxon also used AFS walling – a formwork walling solution that is used to construct internal and external walls – to help speed up the construction process.
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