Is this DEC Australia's revamped City Road endeavour?

The covers may just be off what looks to be the reworked submission for 400-430 City Road.

XO Projects have published imagery for the project, which has been commissioned by Wadhawan Holdings Pty Ltd (DEC Australia). According to XO Projects "the master plan has created an overall development vision for the site, which will be delivered in stages over approximately a 10 year project timeframe."

DEC Australia facilitated the initially approved design, which went through planning during 2010. Conceived by Crone Architects, 400-430 City Road consisted of multiple towers amounting to a 200,000sqm built form outcome which included 1274 apartments, a 288-room hotel and retail space at ground level.

The most recent version went to planning during May this year. XO Projects have dubbed the design CityGate, with three towers scaled up to 151m.

Aerial perspective. Image: XO Projects

In the likelihood that the above images are those which have gone to planning, the revised design is a sharp departure from what was initially approved onsite. Aside from the different design language employed, XO Projects have cited the following as key elements of the master plan:

  • A mixed used programme in its purest sense, combining residential, hotels, offices, entertainment and retail.
  • An articulated podium design which incorporates important heritage fabric and significant activation at all levels across the majority of frontages especially at the ground level, which will accommodate a variety of retail and food and beverage type of uses.
  • A series of ESD responsive vertical towers which unique floorplates accommodating a varied composition of generous sized apartments, strata office, hotel and child care centre.
  • Flexible commercial floor plates within the podium levels.
  • An integrated landscape strategy which includes upgraded public realm at the ground level.
  • A variety of communal facilities, including an auditorium, located on the podium roof tops to be enjoyed by all.
  • A new, fully activated pedestrian through block link which will provide a convenient pathway for connecting pedestrians with Fishermans bend and South Melbourne.
Ground plane. Image: XO Projects

Southbank aside, Urban Melbourne first brought to light XO Projects' sleek Alphington design for 700-718 Heidelberg Road.

For Giancorp Property Group, the Alphington project was the first to appear in the Urban Melbourne Project Database for the practice, and consists of 109 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across a 2,980sqm corner site. XO Projects have included a terraced southern facade over the project, which tapers down toward the adjoining residential zoned southern boundary.

Elenberg Fraser's influence is apparent across both the Southbank and Alphington designs, with purple and bronze facades somewhat of a trademark finish across their projects in recent years.

Alphington on the agenda. Image: XO Projects

Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

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

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.