The International in Brighton puts Victoria first

Locally sourced is taking on a whole new meaning at a pair of Bayside apartment projects.

The former Brighton International function centre being transformed into a 58-home complex named The International will be anything but.

Landream senior development manager Mitch Crawford said the redevelopment was “all Victorian”.

The firm spent eight weeks with partner V-Leader and builder VCON arranging local trades and fabrication, to buyers’ appreciation.

“There’s a sense of giving back and that is certainly coming across in conversations,” Mr Crawford said.

While addressing supply concerns during a global pandemic, the local approach also cuts carbon emissions associated with transport.

The project is also using recycled glass fibre in a glass-reinforced concrete facade that will use only 190 tonnes, instead of the 1780 tonnes of precast concrete that would have been needed. The swap cuts 400 metric tonnes of CO2 from the build.

Sourced from Sunshine North, the material has been used at Chadstone Shopping Centre, but is rare in residential builds.

Carr architecture’s minimalist designs blend large outdoor spaces with interiors boasting timber floors, stone surfaces and copious natural light. An on-site cafe will offer in-house meals and catering. There is a shared wine room and rooftop barbecue area.

The buyers have also been local so far.

About 20 homes are still for sale across the two-building project. One-bedroom apartments are priced from $785,000-$950,000, two bedrooms from $1.315m-$1.74m and three-bedroom floorplans from $1.95m-$4.44m.