Developers & Advisors who focus our time and money on projects with purpose & impact

Our Advisory co-operative brings together the collective intelligence of a likeminded network of investment, development, project & asset management experts.

Our Building Group model empowers people to take more control over their housing by co-developing the homes and communities they want. At cost price. Since 2010 we have established ourselves as the leading deliberative development group in Australia, building 80 homes across 10 projects in Northcote, Thornbury, West & North Melbourne, St Kilda, Brunswick and Eltham.

Our Aim

We want to spend our time and money on creating social, environmental and economic impact with and for people that share a similar world view.

Through our Advisory work we support organisations that are focused on creating impactful projects for the long term benefit of our community.

Our Building Group model is a practical solution for people that want to take more control over their housing futures. It is a structurally more affordable way to build new homes and is driven by a desire to make well designed quality homes more affordable. Our aim is to create buildings with architectural and environmental integrity, and in doing so generate real financial and social capital for members of each collective.

We seek to work with people who want to invest for the long term in quality outcomes and are committed to openness and collaboration.

Advisory

Our co-operative approach to Advisory brings the collective intelligence of a network of investment, development, project & asset management subject matter experts in at the right points of the development process.

This networked approach allows Clients to efficiently augment their organisational capability to achieve their long-term real estate aspirations.

The team works across a range of Residential & Commercial projects and joint ventures, from project ideation through to project delivery and asset management.

 

 

Building Groups

Our building group model empowers people to co-develop the homes and resilient communities they want at cost.

It provides a more affordable alternative for people to own great homes in great locations.

Our proven platform and network provide an operating system that citizens and community groups can leverage to deliver the communal living aspirations they desire.

By running a transparent and participatory approach members stay in control of the design & build of their future homes. And buy in locations that they otherwise might not be able to afford.

The approach is similar to the German Baugruppen (“self-build” or “building group”) model which allows future owners to assume the role of the developer and co-develop together.

Since 2010 we have co-created 10 collectives building 80 homes worth approximately $97m with delivered & forecast savings of nearly $9m to members.

Projects

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News

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The Conversation: Want to cut your new home costs by 10% or more? That’s what building groups can do

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Book: New Old Ways – A Blueprint for Byron Shire

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