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

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:00
Melbourne Airport owner Asia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) is facilitating a new hotel development on airport land that will see two new operators take up a combined 464 suites. In documents that are available for public viewing , APAC has identified Novotel and Ibis as likely operators of the 4-4.5-star hotels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.