Ireland Brown named builder of Geelong 1 Apartments

BY TESSA HAYWARD

WORK is starting on an almost sold out $50 million-plus private residential development in the heart of Geelong.

Ireland Brown Constructions has been named as the builder for Sinclair Brook’s urban development Geelong 1 Apartments.

Preliminary work will start before Christmas with construction to be in full swing in the new year.

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Ireland Brown Constructions director Ned Ireland said although it was a Melbourne-based company it had four projects in Geelong and felt like it was its second home.

“We enjoy building in Geelong, it is a well-positioned job for us and we are ready to get stuck into it,” Mr Ireland said.

“This project will be substantially resourced from around here, we are talking to a lot of Geelong contractors.”

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Four apartments ­remain for sale in the 110-apartment ­development designed by ­architect Daryl Pelchen.

Castran Projects director Lachlan Castran said a large proportion had gone to owner occupiers.

“The overwhelming major­ity are downsizing and they are able to customise certain things and one buyer has amalgamated two apartments into one,” Mr Castran said

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The project, in Bellerine St, was launched last year and ­developer Danny Lau has a local connection as he was an architect student at Deakin University in Geelong.

Sinclair Brook’s Matt Mattiske said it chose Ireland Brown Constructions because it wanted a builder that understood Geelong and had ­involvement down here.

The builder is also working on the Geelong Tech School, Geelong High School and a Wallington aged care centre.

G1 Apartments is expected to be completed in late 2019.

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