Three years on, the new 351 Ingles Street is revealed

One of Fishermans Bend's very first planning applications continues its excruciatingly slow journey through the approvals process, with over three years having passed since its submission.

Lodged during June 2013 on behalf of Belsize Nominees, 351-387 Ingles Street was at the time a hulking five-tower development encompassing near on 2,000 apartments, 1,509 car parking bays, 14,038sqm of office space, retail and public urban spaces. After a variety of alterations, project lead Artisan Architects have now released revised imagery for the project.

Initially valued at in excess of $1 billion, the updated 351-387 Ingles Street has been tempered in both its aspirations and size; according to Artisan Architects this is the result of "a series of design workshops/ discussions with the responsible authorities to arrive at this point."

Ingles Street has taken on a new complexion. Images: Artisan Architects

723 apartments have been shed from the original submission, although a still healthy 1,192 apartments are included within the current plans. These dwellings are supported by 725 intended car parking spaces.

The resultant drop in dwellings has seen heights across the site tumble, in line with the sterner stance taken by the current Government regarding Fishermans Bend's perceived laissez-faire planning early in its history. Ranging between 5-34 levels and set atop a six storey podium, the comparative image above speaks to the cutbacks incurred across 351-387 Ingles Street.

Oddly enough the interim height controls for this section of Fishermans Bend which falls within the Lorimer Precinct are set at 40 levels. The impartial observer may ask why this application has been cut back so severely?

Nonetheless, the project's GFA of 141,050sqm still places it among Melbourne's largest developments.

A green area at the foot of the project. Image: Artisan Architects

All but a slither of commercial space has been dropped relative to the original design, with SOHO options across 1,782sqm the closest semblance.

From a public perspective, far more open space looks to have been added across the site with some of this in the form of a public piazza. This open space will be supplemented by a combined community hub/library which spans 2,832sqm, and 3,515sqm of retail space which is an increase above the original expectation.

With 351-387 Ingles Street's expanded retail intentions and the nearby 261-281 Ingles Street expected to offer in excess of 2,800sqm or retail as part of its scheme, the prospects of a new mini retail strip along Ingles Street encompassing a total of 6,377sqm is on the cards.

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