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Billions in development headed toward construction

The next wave of projects readying for construction will see well in excess of $1 billion worth of additional development across Melbourne. Supplementing recently awarded projects and open construction tenders, a handful of major projects are also seeking permits to begin the construction process.

The most recent site to receive builders signage is CBD Development Group's 288 Albert Street, with LU Simon snaring Brunswick's tallest current development. At 14 levels, 288 Albert Street joins the likes of Reflections and The Burgin Residence (ABD Group), Dux Richmond Hill (Hacer Group) and Meridian (Platinum Constructions) as projects which have builders in place, but have yet to start works onsite.

Combined the above five projects alone will add near enough to 750 new apartments to Melbourne's inner suburbs.

Whilst the above projects are poised to begin construction, a wave of additional projects are at construction tender. Among them are two aged care projects that continue Melbourne's verticalisation of retirement living.

Architecture firm smith+tracey's St Kilda Road design will become reality

Jewish Care Victoria and TLC Aged Care are both pursuing their respective projects on St Kilda Road and Queens Parade, Clifton Hill. With both freshly listed as new construction tenders, the end result will be hundreds of new aged care and community care beds, along with various facilities and services supplementing either development.

With its call to construction recently outlined on Urban Melbourne, Queens Place Tower 1 headlines the prospective residential builds at tender. At the lower end of the size spectrum a swag of residential projects are also looking to lock away a builder. 

Rosslyn Apartments, Harvard Apartments, Piccolo Developments' 228-230 Dorcas Street, Rockley Gardens, 7-15 Little Oxford Street and the John Wardle Architects-designed 424 Malvern Road are all at tender.

Rosslyn Apartments. Image: The Buchan Group

In the student living stakes two noteworthy projects are at tender.

IGLU's 229 Franklin Street is a roughly 30 level tower that will mark the provider's entry into the Melbourne market, whilst Flemington Road is in for another shot of student living development. This is likely in the form of 5-17 Flemington Road, although a number of other student apartment projects are also active in the area.

From a commercial perspective three projects are preparing their tilt at construction, headlined by 161 Collins Street's T&G Building refurbishment which is at tender. Owner Pembroke Real Estate's plans for the historic building involve a Bates Smart-driven overhaul of the famed Melbourne landmark.

Direct off Urban Melbourne's Forum is news that two of the CBD's larger commercial proposals have taken steps toward construction. 405 Bourke Street is subject to a Construction Management Plan submission which is with City of Melbourne and reportedly calls for a 10 month demolition and excavation programme, followed by 27 months of construction.

A Demolition Management Plan is also up for 477 Collins Street, with the Mirvac-backed development inching toward construction. Demolition is slated through to mid 2017, with construction complete in time for accounting firm Deloitte as the initial tenant to take up space by June 2020.

405 Bourke Street as per the development's website

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Bilby's picture

Dux Richmond Hill - a shameful display of facadism, destruction of one of inner Melbourne's last early 20th century theatres, and domination of the heritage place. The treatment of the historic moderne factory and sawtooth street frontage alone counts as urban vandalism. This sort of approach should never be allowed to occur again in Yarra.

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SYmlb's picture

Not sure what to think of 405 Bourke, kind of bland but a nice filler. Podium seems out of place there.

477 Collins still looks huge though. Looking forward to that. Love the way they have retained a lot of the existing streetscape into the design. Superb job.

Would love for them to confirm construction for 350 Queen and make it a reality. Two Rialto sized twin towers going up at once would be a sight to behold.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

Um, you do know that the former national theater was severely damaged by fire in 1992 and subsequently the interior was gutted and replaced by shops on the ground floor with a level of office space above and the moderne style facade was replaced with a po-mo pseudo Victorian facade?

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

what do you mean by 'love the way supurb job' SYMLB? they are required by law to retain a heritage building, they dont deserve special kudos for doing the basic requirement there.

gotta agree with Nicholas though, interpretation of the cultural significance somewhere would be good, but no point retaining the built form currently there that's only a skerric of connection to the original

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SYmlb's picture

What I meant to say Melb Fragment was how they integrated the existing streetscape into the new tower. They have executed it rather well compared to, for example 405 Bourke, which looks out of place and messy.

I think they deserve credit for that.

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Bilby's picture

Nicholas, the modern building I was referring to is the London Baby Carriage factory - a superb, highly intact example of this rare style in Melbourne. Yes, the theatre was damaged and altered, but still had enormous social significance reflected in its built form. It's not good enough to put up a plaque and then argue that the Greek community has had its collective cultural memory and community heritage "respected". Better to reuse the historic brick building and integrate it into the newer fabric of the suburb whose gentrification is built on these earlier uses and histories.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

You mean Moderne?

Any link between the physical form of the building and the Greek community was severed in 1992 when it caught fire and stopped being used as a theater and in 1995 and the subsequent destruction of the facade and interior.

The showroom section of the London Baby Carriage factory will be preserved and restored (no it won't just be painted white like in the renders). The building form above is setback behind the showroom section and uses contrasting colors and vertical elements to successfully distinguish the new building form from the heritage building in accordance with the principals of the Burra Charter.

There was a strong argument to preserve more of the saw tooth built form along the side street but the development overall is not the heritage disaster you make it out to be.

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Bilby's picture

Lose the sawtooth, lose the heritage context for the showroom. Sorry - but this one's a dog in terms of the burra charter and good heritage practice the world over.

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