Urban Melbourne whilst onsite during August last year reported on the progress of one of West Melbourne's largest developments.
At that time, the former Australia Post facility was well into demolition, with display suite staff stating Trenerry Property's West End mixed-use project would begin construction in the last quarter of 2017 under the guidance of head contractor Hamilton Marino. Despite piling equipment appearing onsite twice in the interim, West End has yet to formally start construction.
In the past week, the expansive project has been put back to tender, with submissions set to close during early May. This indicates that an announcement on a builder for West End which sits on a 9,200 square metre site will be revealed around mid this year.
Despite the pause in construction commencement, uptake across the project has been strong. Buyer interest as seen West End’s newest residential launch, The Mailhouse with its 98 New York-style loft apartments over 11 levels, released for sale.
Addressed 185 Rosslyn Street, The Mailhouse is reflective of the entire development in that it is a collaborative design effort. CHT Architects have teamed with interior design practice Mim Design to create the building which reflects the area's industrial character, utilising raw and natural materials as readily as possible.
The design of The Mailhouse is completely holistic – the building’s interiors, outdoor spaces and architecture are all in harmony, which creates a harmonious lifestyle.
The interiors take cues from the industrial-style exterior, while also incorporating the sophistication and refined look that we are known for and pride ourselves on.Mim Design Director, Mim Fanning
The Mailhouse will share amenities with other residents and Adina Hotel guests, which adds to the mixed-use nature of the development. Those amenities for future residents include room service, cleaning on demand, near on 2,000 square metres of gardens designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture, pool and spa, a gym, plus a wine cellar and medical centre.
The Mailhouse's release follows on from that of The Adderley's, which utilised Carr Design Group for its interior finishes.
Apartments aside, West End will also see a 4.5 star hotel operated under the Adina Hotel brand and a full line supermarket. 14 restaurants/bars and cafes, the aforementioned medical/wellness centre, a public arcade and a public open space which will be ceded to Melbourne City Council upon completion.
West End's adjoining display suite dubbed the Lifestyle Gallery is reflective of the different design styles offered across West End.
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 over differing levels within the Lifestyle Gallery.