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Courtesy of John Proctor over at SSC

710 Collins - replacement of the little VicUrban entry to the Goods Shed North with a rather larger presence.

Footprint would require demolishing about 20m more of the Goods Shed.


Village Street Ground: 2.95RL
Collins Street Bridge/Ground: 11.1m
Highest Habitable: 162.05m
Top of building: 191m (180m from Collins to top)

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Fedsquared's picture

Architects are Hassell. Looks a little like their proposal for over the road as part of the Grocon/Mirvac bid for Batman's Hill

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Peter Maltezos's picture

^^ I like it! yessmileyyes

I collect, therefore I am.

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Laurence Dragomir's picture

I like it overall too and it's nice to see brick employed as well as the profiled timber lined underbelly to the tower but that brick wall adjacent to what looks like the vehicular entry could do with a bit more visual interest - be it hit & miss or a feathering of the bricks.

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Lorenz Grollo adds tower to historic Docklands site

Melbourne property developer Lorenz Grollo is aiming to build Docklands’ tallest building, a $375 million office tower that straddles a historic former rail freight building.

The prominent developer – who heads one branch of the well-known construction clan – has submitted plans for a 180-metre tower at 710 Collins Street, where the Grollo Group already owns the Goods Shed North.

The proposal comprises a 34-level tower, offering 47,500 square metres of office space.

An existing three-storey building fronting the Goods Shed would be demolished to make way for the new project.

Architect Hassell Studio has opened up the entry level of the new tower, ­creating a transparent connection from Collins Street through to the 120-year-old railway building behind.

Equiset, an arm of the Grollo Group, restored the heritage rail freight shed in the Batmans Hill precinct of Docklands five years ago. Its main tenant is Places Victoria, which has been restructured and is being folded into a new development agency.

“Docklands is maturing and the demand for CBD-style office towers close to Southern Cross Station is increasing,” Mr Grollo said.

The new project stands across from Lang Walker’s $1.8 billion Collins Square development, which includes the Goods Shed South, a companion building directly opposite the proposed Grollo tower.

On his site, Mr Walker is forging ahead with his third large office tower. The 38-storey building will stand around 140 metres high when ­complete. Also nearby, listed property giant Lend Lease has control over the last undeveloped Docklands ­parcel and is working on plans for a $1.5 billion mixed-use development.

Mr Grollo will be competing for tenants with those projects and other big builds in the pipeline for Collins Street and Bourke Street – from Mirvac, Grocon, Charter Hall and Cbus Property.

Among the major players considering their requirements are Bank of ­Melbourne, Australia Post, Maddocks, Aecom, Wesfarmers and WorleyParsons.

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Laurence Dragomir's picture

Preview from upcoming UM piece:


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Goods Shed demolition plan refused

04 September

Heritage Victoria has refused a permit application seeking to demolish seven bays of the historic Goods Shed North.

The Equiset Grollo Group proposal would have around 32-metres of the shed, along with the existing three-storey 710 Collins St building, demolished to make way for a 34-storey commercial tower.

The permit application was refused by Heritage Victoria executive director Tim Smith, on the grounds of the significant impact the proposal would have on the structure.

The shed is the largest surviving railway goods shed in Australia and is regarded as the most elaborate structure of its kind in Victoria.

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Understandable, looks like it'll be back to the drawing board.

If they didn't want to disturb the heritage of the building they should have built the Collins St bridge taller and clear the building, because at the moment it is well, under a bridge and unusable space. If they had of kept the entire shed at least it'd be useable inside the building as the bridge passes over.

Plus, the shed has lost four of the end bays anyway for the modern structure ontop connecting it with Collins Street, which is to be demolished in the plans anyway.

If they could reduce the lobby/foyer area of the proposal and only have those four bays demolished for the building instead then it at least keeps the heritage part of the goods shed untouched with only the modern addition being rebuilt as part of the tower.

Street view of modern addition at south end of North Goods Shed.

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Goods Shed North
Equiset has listed a highly acclaimed Docklands asset with valuable redevelopment potential.
The Goods Shed North at 710 Collins Street includes a green office fitted into a heritage building and fully leased to the state government until 2024. Importantly, the site has a wide frontage to Collins Street. The shed would require little modification for air space to be developed with one or more skyscrapers.
In March Equiset unveiled plans to replace the air space with a 34-level building.
Sources say the site is expected to sell for about $75 million, but this could not be confirmed with selling agents Jones Lang LaSalle's Robert Anderson and James Kaufman and Colliers International's Leigh Melbourne and Nick Rathgeber.

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Qantas743's picture

Refused by the Minister.

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Abacus adds up Goods Shed

Lorenz Grollo’s Goods Shed North, a landmark redevelopment on the Collins Street extension into Docklands, has found a prospective buyer in Frank Wolf’s Abacus Property Group.

The listed fund manager is now doing its due diligence on the heritage-listed property at 710 Collins Street. If completed as expected, the deal will be struck around $76 million, on a yield of about 6.25 per cent.

With 9400 square metres of office space leased to government tenants for the next 10 years, the property is an attractive, well covenanted asset.

It has also won numerous design and sustainability awards after the Grollo Group took the original 1889 railway building through a $63 million redevelopment five years ago.

A more recent proposal this year to add a 34-storey commercial tower on the site was slammed by Town Hall however.

Nevertheless, there is the prospect of further development upside on the site through a favourable proposal.

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

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, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

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.