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.
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.”
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
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.