Challis Gets Green Light.


25 June 2019

Perth architecture and property development group Baltinas’ exciting new mixed-use development on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley has been given the green light.

The City of Vincent last night gave the project – which includes 26 luxury apartments with a mix of one to three bedroom offerings, offices, and ground floor retail and café spaces – formal approval.

Baltinas’ founder Barry Baltinas said the CHALLIS development on the Highgate Drycleaners site had been named in honour of the couple who’d owned the site since the 1950’s until his company purchased it two years ago.

“Anastasios and Olga Challis were the pioneers of the automated dry-cleaning process in WA and the family still operates Highgate Drycleaners from the site,” said Mr Baltinas.

“The business will relocate during construction but ultimately return to CHALLIS and we’ll be installing a plaque within the building honouring the family and business’ historical significance to Mount Lawley.”


Mr Baltinas said the new landmark building would feature quality architecture drawing inspiration from Mount Lawley’s cornerstone art deco buildings.

“The Astor Theatre, Beaucott Buildings and the Alexander Buildings provided the art deco flavour for this design and we’ve integrated this into a sustainable and biophilic design environment,” he said.

CHALLIS incorporates a tree planting system unlike any other seen in Perth, with trees growing throughout the upper levels of the building.


“The calibre of this development will help enrich the local community by activating residential life and the town strip with new bustling retail, cafe and office space, and the inclusion of public art of significant importance,” said Mr Baltinas.

“Like the European café strips that are buzzing with life at all times, the more residents that live in a town centre the more it adds to an area’s vibrancy.”


Mr Baltinas said the development targeted an owner-occupier demographic, in particular the downsizer.


“This downsizer market is potentially one that will spend most of their daytime hours out and about in the town centre supporting the local economy, so it’s a very exciting project for Mount Lawley and for us.”


Construction is due to start in January 2020 and the project should be completed by July 2021.


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