DealCorp's spinalscraper: 42-48 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Make no bones about it, Cremorne-based DealCorp are back in the high-rise game after a hiatus of sorts in which the developer has pursued low and medium-rise residential projects over a number of suburbs. At the point of their efforts is an intended development within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct that is set to distinguish itself from the pack.

Plus Architecture are responsible for the design which sees the exterior of the 25 level edifice employ a spinal-inspired finish to the tower which is slated to hold 141 apartments and eight office studios.

42-48 Claremont Street also continues the trend in recent times which has seen a string of increasingly taller apartment developments flood into the remaining development plots within Forrest Hill Precinct.

Melbourne High School's perspective of the development. Image courtesy Plus Architecture

Application summary

  • Currently onsite: two level commercial building over 949sqm site.
  • Proposed 25 level tower at 80.8 metres.
  • 141 dwellings: 26 x studio, 26 x 1BR, 85 x 2BR, 4 x 3BR.
  • Eight office studios between 61sqm and 94sqm.
  • 263sqm communal facilities including pool and gym.
  • Basement provisions for 100 vehicles and 123 bicycles.
  • Landscaped forecourt to Claremont Street.
  • Development includes $1.5 million contribution to Public Transport Victoria for South Yarra Station upgrades.

Design statement

Claremont Street is a modern built form environment with similar design elements, we set out to find a design solution which provided a unique experience. To produce a standout design and some variation in the Claremont Street skyline we looked to express verticality in the design.

The facade articulation responds to the massing of the building being 'rib' like and a need for screening between apartments. With a 'rib' shape massing the articluation becomes the twisting spine up the building that responds to the internal planning.

Plus Architecture, town planning submission
Further perspectives created by Plus Architecture

With Stonnington Council's request for further information, revised plans were submitted during September with most visible changes relating to the podium and how it interacts with the street.

Forrest Hill mushrooms

DealCorp have initiated the development of 42-48 Claremont Street at a time where development sites within the precinct are becoming increasingly rare. Coupled with the recent approval of Capitol Grand, current proposals seeking approval are pushing further skyward.

671 Chapel Street is seeking 102 metres while Fridcorp's 627 Chapel Street looks likely to rival its neighbour Capitol Grand with a tower in the vicinity of 160 metres.

42-48 Claremont Street shapes to be the second tallest development along Claremont Street with a fellow residential tower also at planning likely to hold that title. 16-22 Claremont Street's development team have sought approval for a 98.5 metre Fender Katsalidis-designed tower; coupled with the above developments Forrest Hill will further emerge as a substantial skyline in its own right.

Development team

  • Developer: Dealcorp (Claremont Co. Pty Ltd)
  • Architect: Plus Architecture
  • Planning: SJB Planning
  • Wind: Mel Consultants
  • Waste: Leigh Design
  • Sustainability: Ark Resources
  • Traffic: GTA Consultants
  • Landscape: Mark Jacques

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.