Vicinity Centres, operator of The Glen, gained a decisive win last week with City of Monash deciding to issue a Notice of Decision that will allow the operator to considerably boost the number of apartments it has planned as part of its wide-ranging redevelopment of the Glen Waverley shopping complex.
Subject to a number of conditions, the latest version of The Glen's pending $500 million overhaul will see apartment numbers rise from 427 to 539. Post approval of the previously intended redevelopment, Vicinity Centres went back to planning, introducing the proposed amendments during August.
NH Architecture remains the project's principal design driver, with UNStudio also present across planning documents, suggesting that the international design studio has played a part in the design evolution of the project.
Expected changes to the centre's facade now sees a layered new skin consisting primarily of aluminium finishes, with the three residential towers also changing their configuration markedly.
The tallest 'Signature Tower' which was initially at 76.51 metres has lost five levels to better meet Council expectations regarding height. The 'Kingsway Axial Building' remains at 13 levels while the 'Urban Building' has been approved at 12 levels, and with considerably increased girth.
The wash up now sees Vicinity Centres able to add 539 apartments across the three approved towers, with configurations including 155 x 1 bedroom apartments, 357 x 2 bedroom apartments, 22 x 3 bedroom apartments and 5 x 4 bedroom penthouses which will crown the 'Signature Tower'.
Included within the revamped centre will be a net total retail floor space of 73,024sqm and 3,540 retail car spaces, plus 674 new spaces devoted to residential and residential visitor use.
Future residents will also have access to 2,700sqm of dedicated communal open space across the southern aspect of the complex.
The Glen's forthcoming development will also strive to add a degree of placemaking by way of a new public square and pavilion that will dominate the corner of Snedden Drive and O'Sullivan Road.
City of Monash have in recent times made a conscious effort to encourage Glen Waverley's various developments to provide an active and engaging street level outcome. The Glen's public square will eventually sit opposite the new 15 level Galleria apartment development with its active frontages, while Council is also pursuing a redevelopment of the Glen Waverley Central Car Park site.
It in time is likely to feature a new library and community hub, expanses of green public space and a variety of predominantly residential towers, in line with Council's vision for a revamped heart of Glen Waverley.