Rosewood Land Release
Our assignment was a 50-lot residential subdivision of house and land packages in the scenic bush setting of Rosewood. It was JDH Capital’s first venture of this nature, and they relied on Northrop to help deliver the project.
The client’s vision was to embrace the natural surrounds of the development so that future owners would continue to experience its beauty.
Northrop inherited the design from another consulting team, and although a development application was approved, there were still practical construction issues to be resolved. These included site grading, provision of utility services and retaining walls.
Portions of the site were steeply sloped, which typically necessitates expensive earthworks and retaining walls. We worked closely with the client to explore affordable building options while keeping to the project vision.
The outcome was to build split-level homes that worked with the slope, instead of the usual flat pad approach. Choosing the right home builder with experience in this challenge awarded us significant cost savings.
Northrop prepared preliminary surface level designs for individual lots, and the client used these as part of its marketing strategy to show the potential outcomes for future owners.
Another challenge was utility servicing, which required complex negotiations with neighbours regarding the construction of electrical and sewer services.
We used our project management services and worked collaboratively to create a win/win outcome. Utility services were installed on time, allowing early completion of the sale to landholders. JDH Capital did not have had to wait until neighbouring lots had completed their works, which may have taken up to 12 months past the desired completion date.