West Melbourne's destination development begins construction

Well into its demolition programme, Trenerry Property's West End will begin construction next month. Builder Hamilton Marino has been chosen to deliver the project which toward the end of 2019 will see the former industrial site transformed into a mixed-use 'destination' development for West Melbourne.

Billed as a 'destination' development that is expected to draw in surrounding workers and residents, a sweep through the Urban Melbourne Project Database confirms West End to have the only genuinely publicly accessible park and recreational facilities of all current 27 projects which fall within West Melbourne.

This can be attributed to the hefty size of the site which weighs in at 9,200sqm and holds three ample site frontages.

West End's display is reflective of the development in more ways than one

In addition to hundreds of new apartments and a 4.5 star Adina Hotel, West End will also include a full line supermarket (likely to be IGA), 14 restaurants and cafes, medical/wellness centre, public arcade and a roughly 1,500sqm public open space which will be ceded to Melbourne City Council upon completion.

Urban Melbourne recently visited West End's adjoining display suite dubbed the Lifestyle Gallery, which has been designed to reflect what will be delivered in the project itself across various layers.

Tom and Captain tend to the ground floor cafe within the display whilst an art space with rotating displays is also present; West End is also expected to include a ground floor gallery space upon completion.

Spanning three levels, West End's display is sectioned into four separate suites reflecting the respective architects' designs for each residential building; in total six design practices have had a hand in the design of West End.

An apartment living area display slated for the Foundry building

Six Degrees, Mim Design, Carr Design Group and Hecker Guthrie are all responsible for one West End residential building each, with the varying design styles mimicked across the quartet of display suites within the Lifestyle Gallery.

The commencement of West End will push the overall number of apartments under construction within West Melbourne to approximately 820. The Spencer's 400 plus apartments are due for handover, whilst demolition continues for The Rossyln, Flagstaff Green and Melbourne Village, allowing construction to start on a further 800 plus apartments.

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