West Melbourne in line for two additional projects

Two fresh planning applications have emerged for West Melbourne, increasing the suburb's push toward higher density living.

Most recent to enter planning is 164-184 Roden Street, a site that is not unfamiliar to Urban Melbourne. The 3,637 square metre site initially went to planning during mid 2016 for developer Oliver Hume, with Jackson Clements Burrows Architects handling the project's design.

Picked up by Oliver Hume during late 2014, the initial proposal included 206 dwellings ( including 21 x warehouse shells), provision for 120 vehicle and 150 bicycle bays over two basement levels, plus a Jack Merlo-designed internal courtyard.

A JCB Architects render of the initial Roden Street development

With the initial 2016 proposal covered by Urban Melbourne, the application was eventually refused during August last year.

Still listed as an upcoming project on Oliver Hume's webpage, the new application put forward during late January seeks "Partial demolition of the existing heritage building on-site, mixed-use building comprising food and drink, retail and residential and a reduction to the carpark requirements."

Nearby and a site that may have hosted a major residential tower in previous years has gone to planning, seeking what for West Melbourne is a midrange 20 level residential tower.

404-418 Spencer Street will not be reaching the height of its neighbour at 420 Spencer Street

404-418 Spencer Street sits adjacent to the recently completed Spencer Melbourne at 420 Spencer Street which includes 445 apartments and 5 retail tenancies over 40 levels. 

Covering 1,070 square metres, 404-418 Spencer Street could now host a ClarkeHopkinsClarke-designed apartment development on behalf of City Gate Pty Ltd. Submitted mid last month, 404-418 Spencer Street is the latest of a string of residential buildings that have called upon the West Melbourne end of Spencer Street.

Immediately south of the site developer Alpha 14 is adding the finishing touches to its tower dubbed Bond Quarter whilst diagonally opposite builder Maxcon has begun bulk excavation of Melbourne Village which will see 531 apartments created over two towers.

Melbourne Village with 404-418 Spencer Street behind

Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 00:00
Further change to Chapel Street's streetscape could be on the way should a new development application lodged with Stonnington City council from joint venture proponents Franzé developments and Sampieri Group gain approval. Located across addresses 430-438 Chapel Street and adjacent to the Temperance Hotel, Franzé and Sampieri have proposed a 7 level mixed-use building that would see retail, commercial/office and residential spaces.

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.