Melbourne's Kensington set for new build-to-rent community from Assemble

The purchase of 402 Macaulay Road means Assemble are now developing 650 dwellings in the Kensington area, collectively valued in excess of $500 million.

Melbourne's Kensington set for new build-to-rent community from Assemble
Melbourne's Kensington set for new build-to-rent community from Assemble

MAKE, the parent company to the property development firm Assemble, has spent $30 million on its third site in Kensington, which they will develop in to a build to rent community with over 400 apartments dedicated to affordable housing.

Some 20 per cent of the building will be committed to social housing delivered in partnership with a community housing provider.

Kerstin Thompson Architects and Hayball are currently preparing designs to lodge to the local council.

The project will span four buildings, with Assemble committing one of the buildings to Cross Laminated Timber construction, as it continues to focus on reduction in embodied carbon across its projects.

The purchase of 402 Macaulay Road means Assemble are now developing 650 dwellings in the Kensington area, collectively valued in excess of $500 million.

They own the neighbouring 393 Macauley Road (below), and 15 Thompson Street, which are both currently either in their demolition phase or under construction.

Melbourne's Kensington set for new build-to-rent community from Assemble

These two buildings are being delivered under Assemble's ‘rent-with-the-option-to-buy’ model. 

Assemble managing director Kris Daff said that MAKE will continue to privately acquire well located development properties which can then be made available to its institutional investment partners under its housing mandates, once those acquisitions are appropriately out of risk.

“We have been executing our strategy over the past five years of a growth-centric approach," Daff said.

"As a result of such a large, committed pipeline of projects, we continue to attract the attention of key institutional players and construction partners that value our commitment to build to rent, particularly focused on households with essential worker incomes and below.”

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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