Melbourne Quarter bridges the gap between the CBD and Docklands

Melbourne Quarter last week took a major step forward with the completion of a new deck overlooking Wurundjeri Way. Once completed, the deck will connect the precinct’s three commercial towers and form the ground level of the precinct’s public square on Collins Street, which will be one of the most significant public spaces in the central city.

Melbourne Quarter's footprint will see more than 50 per cent dedicated toward public space, including the elevated Skypark garden perched above Collins Street. From the public's perspective Skypark will combine a green city square with retailers, bars and restaurants; all flanked by Lendlease's three commercial towers.

One Melbourne Quarter and its Sky Garden will rise above Collins Street West. Image: Lendlease

Melbourne Quarter will bridge the gap between Docklands and the CBD, as the commercial centre of the city moves westward. As Melbourne Quarter becomes more visible on the city’s skyline, it signals Lendlease’s confidence in Melbourne’s commercial growth in the Southern Cross Precinct and the continued appetite for smarter, more energy-efficient offices.

Our first commercial building is testament to the desire for contemporary, well-designed offices in the city’s best connected location and the continued tenant interest in the project.

Arup and Lendlease will relocate their Victorian workforces to One Melbourne Quarter next year, taking up three and four levels of office space respectively. In the coming months, we expect to make further announcements on more leading businesses that will become part of our new and exciting city neighbourhood.

Mark Menhinnitt: Managing Director for Urban Regeneration and Infrastructure Development

The precinct’s next office tower, Two Melbourne Quarter, was lodged for planning in late July, whilst construction on One Melbourne Quarter commenced during October last year. A total of seven commercial and residential buildings will be delivered in the precinct.

Once completed, Melbourne Quarter will offer approximately 130,000sqm of flexible office space for more than 12,000 employees, and will be home to approximately 3,000 residents.

As Lendlease advances the Melbourne Quarter's footprint, the above-mentioned projects will expand the development further south toward Flinders Street.

Lendlease has applied to relocate Bunjil (below right) further south along the Wurundjeri Way road reservation. This would likely occur prior to the commencement of Melbourne Quarter's two more substantial commercial towers, with the taller reaching 27 levels.

From a public interest perspective, Lendlease have also secured approval from Heritage Victoria to restore 220 metres of historic 1890's red brick retaining wall facing Flinders Street. Sometimes referred to as the 'Wailing Wall', the polychrome brick structure will eventually be punctured in order to create a Flinders Street entrance for the forthcoming residential towers that doubles as a new public link connecting Melbourne Quarter to Spencer Street.

Melbourne Quarter's September progress. Image: Ryan Seychell

Development & Planning

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 06:00
Long at planning, 478-488 Elizabeth Street has come away from the approvals process with a permit. Earlier this month the final stamp of approval was granted for the project, after a stint at VCAT which resulted in the appeals body issuing an order to approve the development during late August.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 00:00
Toorak Park is the outcome of a decade of development overtones for an expansive and formerly underutilised site abutting Toorak Station. Few projects across Melbourne are larger in terms of site size, with developer Lendlease over recent months applying the finishing touches to 446 apartments and 18 townhouses across a host of buildings.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00
First mooted early last year, the long awaited facelift to Rebecca Walk looks set to proceed following a call out for "40 energetic street food traders" back in January of this year and planning approvals. New plans were conceived for the largely empty row of pods which occupy the under croft of the Flinders St Viaduct adjacent to Batman Park on the CBD's Northbank.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.