Apartment developers need to factor in drone pads, fewer car parks – The Australian Financial Review

Mr Dempsey’s development – Siskas on McCabe Street in North Fremantle – is being built with a drone landing on the roof, the first such structure in Australia.

It also provides for electric and self-driving cars and has solar panels to make it cost-neutral for owners.

The drone landing pad at Siskas at McCabe Street in North Fremantle is the first of such structure in Australia. 

“I’ve been embracing this new technology for the last eight years and always looking at what apartment living will be like in the future,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Drone transportation is a lot closer than people think. I think it makes sense for us to incorporate this in our design and structure so the building is ready when the technology rolls out. Those that don’t have these facilities are going to be very much disadvantaged in the future.”

Mr Dempsey said that while it costs an extra $250,000 to include all these features, it would be difficult – if not impossible – to build them retrospectively.

“Once the building has been completed you have to get all owners and the lenders of those owners to agree to make the changes,” he said.

Like Mr Deeks, Mr Dempsey estimates that in three years’ time, drones as a mode of transport will become mainstream.

“The take-up has been so prolific that the government has struggled to bring the legislation behind it, ” he said.

“Massive dollars are being invested in this area and the general public has no idea how big the changes will be when it all starts happening.”

Uber Air announced in June that it would start test flights of its aerial taxi service next year. It plans to start commercial operations by 2023.

Mirvac is partnering with Melbourne University and Curtin University to research and map out scenarios for drone and self-driving cars over 5-year, 10-year and 30-year horizons.

“With drone delivery there are still many regulatory hurdles to overcome but this, too, will be considered in our study with Melbourne and Curtin Universities,” said Diana Sarcasmo, Mirvac’s general manager of design.

“We know disruption is inevitable and Mirvac is actively in this space.”


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