Southbank continues to attract development attention

The deeper pockets of Southbank continue to tick over as developers line up the next wave of apartment projects in the area.

Most recent to planning is 83-89 Coventry Street, with the large corner site of 976sqm landing with City of Melbourne in recent days. Proposed is a 20 storey reisdential tower with ground level retail and basement carparking.

At the time of sale near on two years ago, the site was offered by Colliers with a "World class scheme for a new iconic tower prepared by one of Melbourne’s best architects." With the passage of time, it likely that a new scheme has been created for the site which abutts the area's tallest building under construction, Kings Domain the 24 storeys.

Colliers successfully sold 83-89 Coventry Street

83-89 Coventry Street joins 175-187 Sturt Street, which is the precint's other major apartment development at planning.

Lodged during July, the development application calls for a mixed use building which would replace a low-rise commercial complex. Although the scheme has yet to be advertised, likely images of the development have appeared on the website of G3 Projects in recent times.

Its sweeping form and unique exterior finishes make the tower an aesthetically pleasing sight, while its height is lower to that of the diagonally opposite 250 Sturt Street, which won approval at 16 levels.

G3 Projects are involved with 175-187 Sturt Street

In terms of projects nearing public launch, a selling agent has been appointed to The Evermore.

Across a large Dorcas Street land holding, Xu Hui International Group operating as Landence Group in Melbourne, is expected to launch full retail sales of for the twin towered project in the new year. Designed by Hayball, the project initially gained approval for 492 apartments although it has since been refined by the development team, with 400 plus apartment still expected.

The balance of active apartment projects in this pocket of Southbank is split between Evolve Development's Botanic which is at tender, and the under construction Coventry Haus and Kings Domain.

The combination of the above projects would add approximately 1,000 apartments to the areas already healthy population.

Hayball's final design for The Evermore

Development & Planning

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Future (Planning) Committee this week resolved to issue conditional approval for a 10-storey building at 1071-1081 Hoddle Street in East Melbourne. The building would rise to a height of 31.54m and accommodate 26 apartments on a triangular shaped site with a total area of 311 sqm.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.


Transport & Design

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 07:15
CBRE in recent weeks has begun marketing a development site at 118 City Road in Southbank which has been branded as 'Flagship'. The 6,191sqm site is currently home to a BMW dealership and showroom, and has significant potential to add to what is set to become on of the densest city blocks in Melbourne, boasting towers of 200m through to over 300m.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.