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466 Collins Street emerges as Collins House Melbourne

Golden Age Group has in recent weeks commenced preliminary exposure for their latest project which promises to be one of Melbourne's most prominent skyscrapers.  After snapping up the prized 460-466 Collins Street site during 2014 for a reported $25 million, the developer has christened the tower Collins House Melbourne, with an active website taking registrations of interest for what may well become one of Melbourne's most sought after addresses.

The history of the development in question has been extensively covered on Urban Melbourne, with the initial planning application calling for a 55 level tower holding a relatively modest 185 apartments outlined during September 2013.  Having gained approval as part of the 'Super Tuesday' announcement of 2014, the site and associated 1908 Makers Mark building were offered for sale thereafter by then developer Equiset.

Amended plans were lodged during August 2014 and are according to DTPLI's online portal still active, that is no final decision has been made public.  This follows Equiset's efforts to to bolster the height according to this article prior to their selling the site, which was reported as sold during October of last year.  Golden Age Group have chosen again to refine 466 Collins Street's design.

The previous 466 Collins Street and contemporary sales image to boot. Render courtesy Bates Smart

Seen above is the initial imagery for Collins House; designed by Bates Smart the project would cast a unique figure upon the Melbourne landscape.  According to online reports six additional levels have been requested which would bring the overall height toward 200 metres; an impressive feat considering the site is a slender 11.5 metres in width.

According to the endorsed planning documents the western perimeter wall will consist of white pigmented steel formed in-situ concrete with a distinctive scatter pattern of windows applied. In earlier observations Bates Smart described the western facade treatment as "Circular windows shown opposite are based on a prototypical 750mm window aperture. At night these elements provide a unique and surprising identity to the western boundary."

Interestingly a number of reports have Collins House Melbourne containing near on 300 apartments, at odds with the August 2014 amended plans which called for 172 dwellings in a tower heavy with three bedroom apartments.  It is understood Golden Age Group's preferred scheme will be unveiled once the planning process is complete.

What is clear is that Collins House Melbourne will join Opera St Kilda Road and a first Sydney project in representing an expanded Golden Age Group portfolio of current residential projects.

Lead image source: State Library of Victoria

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