The 200 metre club revisited

Two almost forgotten planning applications for substantial skyscrapers have re-emerged over the last month, prompting Urban Melbourne to once again highlight the very healthy number of 200 metre plus skyscrapers in the pipeline for Melbourne. 

Most recently, 57-63 Exhibition Street which was first submitted during August 2014, is still active with Salta Properties backing the Bates Smart-designed skyscraper which would nudge 204m if approved. City of Melbourne have brought the project back into the spotlight via their Future Melbourne Committee, and have provided in Principal support for the project subject to a number of conditions.

One condition being that the Planning Minister reduce the tower's height to 182m. In its current form at 204m, 57-63 Exhibition Street is valued at $255 million and includes 185 hotel suites and 119 apartments within the slim tower.

Artist's impression of 57-63 Exhibition Street. Planing image: Bates Smart

Also recently before the Future Melbourne Committee was 158-164 City Road, Southbank whose planning history spans back to 2010. Approval at 43 levels was granted along the way, although proponent Eastern International Property Development is still pursuing a taller 69 level, 216m scheme that would yield 556 dwellings, 96 serviced apartments, offices and a supermarket.

The Future Melbourne Committee indicated a lack of support for the higher scheme earlier this month.

Artist's impression of 158 City Road. Planing image: Elenberg Fraser

With light shed upon the two applications above, and with a number of other potential entrants having their height reduced below the 200m mark, an updated list of towers at 200m plus or above across inner Melbourne is provided below.

Name/Address

Height

Status

1 Queensbridge Street, Southbank 323 Approved
51-65 Clarke Street, Southbank 228 Planning
54 Clarke Street, Southbank 244 Approved
70 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank 319 Construction
158 City Road, Southbank 216 Planning
38 Freshwater Place, Southbank 273 Planning 
93-119 Kavanagh Street, Southbank 226  Sales
88 Queensbridge Street, Southbank 208 Sales
168 Victoria Street, Carlton 237 Construction
111-125 A'beckett Street, Melbourne 210 Approved
308 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 254 Planning
224 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 267 Construction
452 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 241 Construction
450 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne  218 Construction
380 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 218 Sales
383 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 242 Approved
350 Queen Street, Melbourne 246  Sales
250 Spencer Street, Melbourne 270 Sales
295-309 King Street, Melbourne 208 Approved
134 Spencer Street, Melbourne  249 Construction
272-282 Queen Street, Melbourne  207 Approved
183-189 A'beckett Street, Melbourne 205 Planning
150 Queen Street, Melbourne  226 Delayed
640 Bourke Street, Melbourne 273 Planning
57-63 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 204 Planning

Although there's some conjecture over a number of projects (owing to contradictory or ambiguous information) such as 295 City Road, 97 Franklin Street and 466 Collins Street that have been left off the list, the number of projects confirmed and included above is still immense.

With a quarter of the 23 listed projects above including multiple towers over 200m or more, it's still conceivable that Melbourne will be sporting another 30 skyscrapers beyond 200m in height in the years to come. If nothing else it serves to demonstrate the immense change still to grip Melbourne's skyline.

Although rules that govern the design of tall towers across Southbank and the CBD have changed, there's still a veritable mountain of skyscrapers yet to fully take their place on Melbourne's skyline; interesting times ahead for our fair city!

As always feel free to provide corrections or additions to the list above.

Melbourne's booming skyline on a sunny March day. Image: Ryan Seychell

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George D's picture

Six of these are in construction. Of the remainder, how many are likely to go ahead?

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SYmlb's picture

GeorgeD: I guess it depends on how long this boom continues and what props it up. Chinese demand seems insatiable right now so it seems likely we will see a lot of the sites developed as quick as possible to ensure they don't miss this boom period, and a few designs there were approved prior to the latest planning regulation changes under Wynne, so they will become scarcer and force developers to build these higher yielding projects for better profitability.

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