Grocon plans 40-storey Spring St apartment tower
February 5, 2014
Spring Street is fast becoming the city's equivalent of top-end Toorak, with property developer Grocon submitting plans for a premium 40-level apartment tower.
But the building, just two doors down from the heritage-listed Windsor Hotel, is set to soar diagonally across from Melbourne's Parliament House and is likely to prove controversial following a recent outcry about tall buildings dominating the city's skyline.
The tower's glass and concrete exterior will be double the height of the existing 16-storey Esanda office building it is due to replace and is far taller than the controversial 27-level redevelopment of the Windsor.
That project, slammed by opponents, was appealed to VCAT and the Supreme Court.
Grocon's newly appointed chief executive Carolyn Viney said 85 Spring Street complied with planning guidelines. ''The sensitivity is the overshadowing of Treasury Gardens and it's been specifically designed to take account of that,'' Ms Viney said.
The building is about 25 paces outside the Bourke Hill heritage zone, designed to protect views of Victoria's Parliament.
Its location was already surrounded by similar sized or taller buildings, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.
''It is being considered but no decision has been made,'' Mr Guy said.
The tower is the street's second skyscraper in as many years.
Cbus Property has begun demolishing at 35 Spring Street on the corner of Flinders Lane to make way for a 43-level tower with 270 units.