Taouk Architects may be preparing the latest entrant into Box Hill's flourishing apartment tower scene.
The expanding architecture firm is running with detailed images of a substantial residential tower at 34-36 Prospect Street. Whether or not the images form part of a package that will head to planning remains to be seen, but their emergence further reinforces Box Hill's apartment tower credentials.
Currently 34-36 Prospect Street is a nondescript two level office building that is leased to migrant help agency AMES Australia. Knight Frank handled the 1,208sqm plot's sale during 2015, with part of the sales pitch noting that the AMES Australia lease would expire mid 2017, without the prospect of extension.
Listed as a current project, Taouk Architects' scheme involves a 28 storey tower, consisting predominantly of apartments.
Tucked in behind Whitehorse Road, Prospect Street has yet to see apartment development, unlike many other parts of Box Hill's central spine.
A development yardstick for the area comes in the shape of the nearby 9-11 Prospect Street; the approved Artisan Architects-designed tower over 25 levels includes 187 apartments, with commercial and retail spaces in tow. 9-11 Prospect Street is now being marketed by Savills as a prime development site ready to go.
Should 34-36 Prospect Street head to planning, it will likely be joined by 13 Prospect Street & 31-35 Prospect Street in due course. Both sites were offered for sale during 2016, with the expectation that both will become multi-level residential developments.
In other news on the Hill, one of suburban Melbourne's tallest towers is preparing to break ground.
Sky One Box Hill's site is clear, with piling set to commence on the 122.8 metre tower created by DKO Architecture; at that height it will become Box Hill's tallest tower, usurping Whitehorse Towers which is also currently under construction.
Last week a ground breaking ceremony was held onsite for Sky One Box Hill, which upon completion will include 438 apartments and amenities such as landscaped gardens, a pool, gym, spa, sauna, yoga studio and lounges.
The tower itself will emerge above ground well into 2017, following the site retention and excavation works for a substantial seven level basement.