Penny Lane apartments to rejuvenate and reconnect Moonee Ponds Puckle Street

Penny Lane will comprise 114 apartments, designed by Melbourne’s, Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects.
Penny Lane apartments to rejuvenate and reconnect Moonee Ponds Puckle Street
A render of Penny Lane. Image credit: CHC Architects
Alison Warters July 25, 2022

Penny Lane is set to be a welcoming Moonee Ponds landmark.

Development group Giancorp are taking to the suburb, with plans for a masterplanned precinct, set to rejuvenate and reconnect Moonee Ponds’ Puckle Street precinct via an arthouse cinema and arcade, vertical communities with communal spaces, and a laneway network that boosts walkability.

Landing at 17 – 19 Puckle Street, Penny Lane will comprise 114 apartments, designed by Melbourne’s, Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects.

The brief for Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects was to capture and replicate the village character as a vibrant microcosm.

Penny Lane’s built form and materiality speak to both the suburb’s gridded street network and the organic shapes of Queens Park and the nearby Moonee Ponds Racecourse.

Materials of glass, steel and concrete are softened at street level by vertical planting, bluestone and recycled bricks salvaged from the site’s existing building.

CHC Architects Partner, Toby Lauclan, said the project had been designed with longevity and sustainability as a focus.

“Robust, long-lasting materials, including concrete, steel and glass, will ensure the building ages well, is low-maintenance and inexpensive to maintain over its entire lifespan.”

Prioritising an ecologically sustainable development, Penny Lane achieves a 7.2 NatHERs rating, with solar design features making it a low maintenance and low impact development.

High-performance glazing features in all 144 apartments, reducing excessive summer heat as well as heat loss in the winter, in addition to the project utilising sustainably sourced timber, low-VOC materials, pains and sealants, renewable energy, energy-efficient lighting, water-efficient landscaping and rainwater harvesting for irrigation and toilet flushing.

Residents will have access to a full line gym, private lounge, designer kitchen and dining room in Penny Lane’s level three podium garden, while addition landscaped spaces can be access from the level nine terrace, encompassing further vistas.

Just steps from Penny Lane, residents will be moments from a number of cafes, supermarkets, a greengrocer, a butcher and the eclectic shopfronts of Puckle Street.

With alfresco dining and commissioned street art, Penny Lane is bringing Melbourne’s laneway culture to Moonee Ponds, set to be home to Melbourne’s latest cinema complex, complete with a luxury rooftop cinema, Platinum lounge and a range of cafes and casual dining options.

Penny Lane is also conveniently located close to Moonee Valley Racecourse, the home of Australia’s most prestigious horse race, the W.S. Cox Plate, while also being just a few minutes from the Queens Park, Moonee Valley’s oldest park, with a lake, a pool, cottage café, and an expansive gardens space.

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Alison Warters

Alison Warters is a property journalist for Urban, based in Sydney. Alison is especially interested in the evolution of the New Build/Development space, when it comes to design innovation and sustainability.

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