54-56 Clarke and 10 Moreland enter the already strong development site field

Earlier in the month Urban Melbourne highlighted the strong field of development sites currently on the market, with a slant toward suburban sites holding sway over inner city offerings. Developers gazes may well be swing back to the inner city with two prime sites offered in the interceding time, will full approvals in tow.

54-56 Clarke Street, Southbank

Planning Minster of the day Matthew Guy labelled it "a revolutionary change for the way that we design buildings in Melbourne.” And now a Melbourne Cup field of developers will no doubt run the ruler over the approved 54-56 Clarke Street with an eye toward creating Melbourne's next landmark building and the bragging rights that go with such a tag.

The development site has been listed for sale with incumbent proponent Matrix and Cube choosing to move the Southbank site on rather than proceed with a dedicated apartment sales campaign. The project dubbed 'Elysium' has thus far maintained its own website which has allowed interested parties to register their interest in the project.

Freshly listed with both CBRE City Sales and Knight Frank, 54-56 Clarke Street is a 74 level project with approval for 288 high-end apartments and an associated ground floor cafe.

Initial marketing for the project referred to the tower as Elysium

Lauded as innovative and technologically advanced, the approved 240 plus metre design by BKK Architects is unique in that a design of a similar height onsite could not likely be replicated owing to interim planning controls implemented during 2015. Thus any potential buyer of the site could deliver the approved scheme which would be considerably taller than those buildings surrounding it, both in the present and the future.

The successful buyer will have a chance to secure the site via an Expressions of Interest campaign which closes Monday the 11th of April.

10 Moreland Street, Footscray

10 Moreland Street is available. Image courtesy Architecton

10 Moreland Street was the first high-rise to gain approval within Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct. At 26 levels and 86 metres the approved design is also one of the urban renewal precinct's tallest.

Designed by CBD-based Architecton and in the hands of agent Savills, the tower is capable of accommodating 210 dwellings over the 1,277sqm site, with three street frontages holding retails tenancies.

Other notable development sites offered for sale recently in the immediate area include 1 Warde Street with 380 approved apartments in tow along with 54-58 Hopkins Street. Better known as Franco Cozzo's Footscray home, 54-58 Hopkins Street has been billed as capable of handling a sizeable tower.

Architecton's take on 10 Moreland within the Joseph Road Precinct

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.