Sabina Residential Development

Arts & Culture
The Client
Finbar Group Limited
Project Team
Daniel Lees
Principal - Planning
George Ashton
Senior Consultant - Planning
Kate Parker
Associate - Arts & Culture
The Project

Sabina is a contemporary apartment development set within the jacaranda-lined streets of Applecross, comprising of three distinct residential towers defined by a landscaped lane connecting Canning Highway with Kintail Road. The design, informed by the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan, presents a strong forward vision contrasting with its immediate surrounds, and endeavours to set a new exemplary benchmark as a gateway development into Applecross and the City of Melville from the Canning River. The development has been designed for a staged delivery, of three towers atop the podium below, linked by the central lane that will be edged with active food and beverage and commercial spaces.

Our Role

element was engaged to provide statutory planning advice regarding the provisions of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan, and progress the project from preliminary engagement with the City of Melville Design Review Panel, through the City’s planning assessment process and ultimately obtaining development approval from the Metro Central JDAP.  

element worked with the development team at Finbar to design and deliver a wayfinding strategy that linked the site’s separate residential towers, public realm and wider site destinations. The strategy utilised best practice wayfinding to enhance user navigation through material finish, signage and façade design. To complement the wayfinding strategy, a series of concepts were developed with Western Australian artist, Stuart Green. We moved these concepts through the design development phase and provided technical specifications to manufacturers.


element worked collaboratively with the City of Melville, its appointed Design Review Panel, and the project team to progressively refine the design of the development, in order to achieve development approval from the Metro Central JDAP in April 2017.

What We Delivered
  • Planning strategy and advice. 
  • Major development application and approval. 
  • Key stakeholder liaison and management.  
  • Wayfinding Strategy
  • Specification drawings detailing wayfinding elements to manufacturer’s requirement.

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