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Super six: news breaks on six of Melbourne's more significant towers

The last week has provided news on a number of pending towers seeking their place in the skyline. Provided below is a summary covering six marquee projects, with each edging closer to reality.

Fresh off Bates Smart's Instagram account is the first image for the reworked 555 Collins Street. First covered by Urban Melbourne earlier in the month, developer Fragrance Group has been granted approval to proceed with the tower which would hold up to 625 apartments.

Gone is the vacant commercial tower onsite, and in its place rises a curvaceous form with a pleated exterior.

555 Collins Street and Myriad Melbourne at 111-125 A'Beckett Street

Moving on, Tong Eng Group have shown firm intentions regarding their tower at 111-125 A'Beckett Street which they have christened Myriad Melbourne.

Myriad, centrally located along the northern edge of Melbourne's CBD, is the next iconic landmark along A'Beckett Street. Designed by award-winning architect Elenberg Fraser, the striking residential tower will retain its heritage frontage while its elegant tower provides magnificent views of the bustling Melbourne CBD.

Myriad is poised to be the new benchmark for natural luxury. Watch this space.

Tong Eng Group

The Singaporean developer's first Australian foray, Myriad has yet to receive the sign off from the Planning Minister. It seems that once they do, sales won't be too far behind.

Also in the CBD, Aurumstone Group have been revealed as the purchaser of 295-309 King Street. CBRE City Sales successfully negotiated terms for the 1,292sqm site, which also has approval for a Plus Architecture-designed 66 level residential tower.

While Aurumstone is pursuing a hefty 60 level skyscraper in New York, 295-309 King Street is a significant step up for the developer whose projects across Melbourne to date have been relatively modest.

The biggest of them all: 1 Queensbridge Street

Knight Frank have been appointed as the selling agent for 1 Queensbridge Street.

With formal approval yet to be given, Urban Melbourne's forum is flush with expectations that final approval will be announced shortly. Coupled with an expanded Crown Hotel presence, 1 Queensbridge Street's height and sheer width provide it with a dominating presence.

Ultra-luxury is the target market for the project which is a joint exercise between Schiavello Group and Crown Limited.

The Australian on Friday reported that a syndicate of Asian investors is close to unveiling plans for a premier hotel and apartment development directly behind 1 Queensbridge Street. For those readers not willing to wait, Urban Melbourne has already unveiled the revised plans for 38 Freshwater Place, with the 273 metre tower looking to replace a vacant site.

Plus Architecture's 845-851 Whitehorse Road

Finally, while it may be comparatively small in stature to the above projects, Box Hill's 845-851 Whitehorse Road is all but assured of packing a wallop relative to its surrounds.

City of Whitehorse granted the project a Notice of Decision last Monday, all but formally approving the hulking scheme which includes hundreds of apartments set above a 150-suite hotel. With an actual permit in the offing, Spotlight Development Group's focus can now turn to the next phase of the project.

At 117 metres, 845-851 Whitehorse Road will rank among Box Hill's tallest towers.

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johnproctor's picture

I find it interesting that your last paragraph re: the Box Hill tower could as easily be a quote from a save our suburbs VCAT submission.

Finally, while it may be comparatively small in stature to the above projects, Box Hill's 845-851 Whitehorse Road is all but assured of packing a wallop relative to its surrounds.

City of Whitehorse granted the project a Notice of Decision last Monday, all but formally approving the hulking scheme ... which will change the face of the suburb and is an affront to the village atmosphere of box hill

Think that their is a lot more of an educational slant you could put on that sentence regarding the project 'continuing to make Box Hill the leading area of development investment in Melbourne's suburbs' and that it is the '3rd approved tower over 100m in the suburb' (or whatever it is).

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Development & Planning

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00
Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved another commercial tower at Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter development in the Docklands. The building known as Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000sqm of office space into the precinct across its 28 floors, in addition to approximately 2,500sqm of retail space.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
As part of the enabling stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project, the City of Melbourne has finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart designed-tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM's behalf.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
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Transport & Design

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
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