Airio Apartments, Frankston

Project Snapshot

Airio Apartments was a pioneering statement for Frankston, that reestablished the standard for development in Victoria's South East. The side-by-side lots on the high side of Dave Street were previously occupied by 2-storey properties, which were mainly tenanted by medical suites. Ross Voci identified the unrecognised potential in this stately street and aspired to transform the region.

After working closely with Frankston City local council, Victoria State Government and the relevant authorities, Ross Voci secured a permit for the first high rise development in Frankston. Although the submitted plans were contrary to Frankston Council's precinct policy at the time, Ross worked cohesively with the city's strategic planners to balance his vision against the necessary state policies.

The approved permit included a 13-storey apartment complex, as well as an 88-seat cafe, resident-only health club and basement car parking. Ross worked in conjunction with Victorian-based architects Denton Corker Marshall, to integrate 36 one-bedroom, 49 two-bedroom and four 3-bedroom apartments into the construction. In a nod to Frankston's rich history, the two heritage buildings - once-grand 1930s-era houses - which were previously on the site were also restored and incorporated into the design.

Fronted by a row of Norfolk Island Pines, the property boasts unparalleled views towards Melbourne and Port Phillip. The mixed-use development is set within walking distance to the Frankston Central Activities District, foreshore and idyllic stretches of clean beaches. Offering a rare opportunity for a lifestyle that fuses a cosmopolitan flair with a bayside location, Airio Apartments provided Frankston residences with a glimpse of the city's metropolitan culture while still respecting the secluded ambience.

Project Vision

Before Airio Apartments, Frankston was nearly inexplicably tied to negative connotations and was far from the focus of mainstream CBD developers. This damaging image was detrimental to the local economy, deterring many investors, potential buyers and families.

Despite this unfavourable reputation, Ross identified the potential of this bayside location. Recognising the convenient location between the bay and the city, the improving local infrastructure and rich cultural history, Ross Voci set out to regenerate and reinvigorate the "Gateway to the Mornington Peninsula".

To reposition the region as a destination of choice, Ross worked closely with relevant authorities, local council and state government to negotiate a permit for the first high-rise housing in Frankston. This permit approval was not only a groundbreaking development for the region, but was also the catalyst for a host other projects throughout the Bayside locale, including the local marina, public pool and by-pass.

True to VDG's ethos, Ross envisioned a property where people aspired to be and allowed potential buyers to live their way. In collaboration with Victorian-based architect Denton Corker Marshall, the luxury 14-storey tower permit catered to a diverse market but with a specific focus on established professionals or young families. Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences, the high-rise provided multiple different entry points, without compromising on quality. The plans also included a cafe, health hub and basement parking, which ensured the continual promotion of community culture.

Undeterred by a challenge, Aririo Apartments was a bold and risky concept for Frankston. The success of this planning and permit process provides long-lasting and meaningful value for not only the property residents and business tenants but the entire local community.

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Type of project 

Status

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Airio Apartments

Frankston

Planning and Permit Process

Completed

2013

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