We are honoured to announce that Pace of Abbotsford has taken out the win at the 2020 Master Builders Victoria Excellence in Construction Awards, in the category of Excellence in Highrise Apartment Buildings.
This is the second year running that Pace has dominated the category, with our milestone 100th project, Pace of Collingwood, winning the esteemed industry award in 2019.
The win has further affirmed our ethos on respecting a suburb’s history when developing a new site – particularly when a heritage building of cultural significance happens to call that site home.
Conceived in collaboration with SJB Architects, Pace of Abbotsford pays homage to Abbotsford’s rich industrial past through a thoughtful and relevant design response. Restoring the iconic St Crispin House façade to its former glory was a key consideration throughout the process.
Dating back to 1923, St Crispin House was named after the patron saint of shoemakers – a nod to its first tenants the Grimson Shoe Machinery Company. The Art Deco building is also a symbol of the wider history of shoemaking and related industrial operations throughout Abbotsford.
Rising above the historic red-brick building, the stylised architecture of Pace of Abbotsford is a juxtaposition between the contemporary and the classic. 133 loft-style apartments sit behind the iconic façade, featuring soaring four-metre ceilings and modern interiors built to last.
The building’s common areas are a stand-out, designed to create a connected and thriving community atmosphere. The rooftop infinity pool overlooks the very best of Melbourne, while a gym, BBQ and dining area and a resident library complete the offering.
Ground floor retail includes a Woolworths Metro and a Blackhearts and Sparrows specialty wine store, further enhancing the convenient lifestyle of the Pace of Abbotsford residents.