Kincaid Projects heads Due North once again

Mark BaljakJune 8, 2021

Preston is once again the suburb of choice for Kincaid Projects, unveiling their latest apartment development for the middle ring locale.

Due North is expected to be the latest apartment project to take its place within the Preston Junction Precinct. Kincaid Projects has form the in area; their initial Preston Junction apartment project dubbed Nine High was marketed as a cut above surrounding apartment developments in terms of quality, and reached last year.

Pushing the developer's portfolio of work to beyond $300 million, Due North's design was handled by DKO Architecture and includes 98 apartments within a building that maintains a tetris-like block facade.

The building's facade is most 'animated' at the High and Raglan intersection; a fully grown Japanese Maple will take its place on the activated ground level corner, with the facade above radiating outward from that point. Due North will also include retail tenancies to high Street.

Hero perspective. Image: Kincaid Projects

DKO Architecture Principal Jesse Linardi who grew up in the area still has an inherently strong understanding of the suburb. “Preston is a developing suburban district with a range of diverse periods of housing."

Kincaid Projects Director, Kris Burt affirms the notion and believes "Preston is ‘overdue’ for a development of this scale, clarity and quality". Due North will include the suburb's first genuine penthouse which consists of three bedrooms across 200 square metres of internal space.

Bergman and Co were tasked with conceiving the project's interiors, seeing porcelain benchtops, oak timber floors, terrazzo tiles in the bathroom wool carpets feature across all dwellings.

One the building's composition, Linardi says "The building’s material expression is fluid and coherent within the site context and merges the elements from the local landscape. The palette of materials is a combination of raw and natural finishes (exposed concrete and brick) as well as materials referencing Preston’s industrial past (metal and glass).”

Gertrude Street Contemporary are designing a permanent dynamic art display for Due North's entrance whilst at the other end a rooftop garden and resident’s pool will crown the project.

Sustainability has also been incorporated into Due North's design. A 360 Enrich food waste management system which dehydrates waste into compost will feature, as will electric car charger ports, solar panels, rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation and high performance glazing.

70-82 high Street depicted during its planning run. Image: DKO Architecture

Due North's arrival follows on from Nine High which was completed during June 2017. Sitting just off Preston Junction, Nine High was billed by Kincaid Projects and development partner Optimus Developments as bringing a new level of design sophistication to the precinct.

For readers who know the area, the overall quality and design aesthetics of apartment developments delivered prior to Nine High's completion could be considered average at best. Nine High includes 64 apartments over seven levels and two retail premises at street level.

Peddle Thorp provided design input for Nine High.

Nine High. Image: Kincaid Projects

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of Urban.com.au. He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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