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Nightingale Preston

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Nightingale Preston will be part of the broader Preston Crossing precinct. The area will deliver a new residential village within the Bell Station area, part of the City of Darebin’s commitment to deliver vibrant, attractive, energised, and interesting mixed-tenure precincts, providing a wide range of building typologies and associated spaces.

Strategically located in the corner of Oakover Road and Railway Place West, Nightingale Preston is designed in three parts to acknowledge three aspects of local history. At ground floor, carbon-neutral brickwork is a nod to Preston’s residential past. The middle of the building features a precast fluted concrete facade and saw-tooth roofline referencing Preston’s industrial past. The building is then split in two creating a ‘green spine’ in the middle for vegetation to grow and to allow fresh air to circulate through the building, representing Preston’s drive for amenity in the way of parks and open spaces.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Nightingale Preston stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Design features

  • Fossil fuel-free
  • 5 Star Green Star rating
  • Minimum 7.5 stars NatHERS rating
  • 30kW photovoltaic array
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • Embedded electricity network (100% GreenPower)
  • Embedded commercial-grade internet network
  • Rainwater collected for common area use and commercial tenancy toilets
  • Hydronic heater panels
  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Shared rooftop with veggie patches and communal laundry
  • Communal bath house on rooftop
  • Guest house for visitors
  • Includes Teilhaus apartments
  • Ample secure bicycle parking, close to public transport and car share options, no private car spaces

Specs & Team

Preston, VIC
Part of Precinct
Apartment Mix

7 x Teilhaus
20 x 1 BR
25 x 2 BR
2 x Commercial

Community Housing


Balmain & Co.



Kate Longley

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Placemaking in progress

The latest snapshots from the construction site and community meetups of
Nightingale Preston