Shangyi Property's double Box Hill delight

Just as Shangyi Property oversees the completion of one Box Hill apartment project, another for the Box Hill-based developer has broken cover.

5 Wellington Street is at town planning with City of Whitehorse and seeks to add in excess of 180 apartments to the burgeoning activity area. With secondary frontage to Poplar Street, the application also shapes as CHT Architects' first Box Hill entry within the Urban Melbourne Project Database.

At 16 levels the Wellington Street tower has been positioned by the development team as a transitional form between the emerging high-rise towers fronting Whitehorse Road and the more subdued 4-5 level built form toward the northern end of Wellington Road.

5-9 Wellington Road & 7 Poplar Street, Box Hill application summary

Wellington Street may well receive a height boost. Planning image: CHT Architects
  • Current use: vacant car park
  • Site area: 2,480sqm
  • Proposed 6 levels to Poplar & 16 levels to Wellington at 55 metres in height
  • 184 apartments: 50 x 1BR, 134 x 2BR
  • All apartments between 50sqm and 79sqm
  • Café tenancy: 76sqm
  • 171 car parking spaces and 140 bicycle bays across 2 basement levels and lower ground floor
  • Total GFA: 14,141.5sqm

While the tower carries a fairly uniform textured concrete and red brick snap precast panel exterior, ground level will be activated with the intended inclusion of a pedestrian thoroughfare linking Wellington Road and Poplar Street. The thoroughfare meets an external communal space that separates both buildings.

Upon approval 5-9 Wellington Road would enter a very robust pool of apartment projects within Box Hill. Currently there are 28 apartment projects within Box Hill according to the Urban Melbourne Project Database, although only five fellow projects are at planning assessment. Even so, these five projects along with 5-9 Wellington Road could yield as many as 930 additional apartments.

The emergence of 5-9 Wellington Road follows on from the recent completion of Shangyi Property's most recent Box Hill offering, namely Spectrum Apartments.

Spectrum Apartments. Image: KUD

Located at 33 Harrow Street, Spectrum is a more modest project relative to many current projects within Box Hill, holding 70 apartments and a solitary home office set above 84 vehicle spaces. Construction on the project spanned 17 months and was completed during April with Harris HMC acting as head contractor.

With a GFA of 7,400sqm Spectrum is capped architecturally by a multi-angled, multi-coloured façade. An internal courtyard complete with bridges links each side of the building while all internal bulkheads and joinery mirror the angular nature of the exterior.

In a design sense Spectrum is described as follows:

The project is expressed as strips of building mass to exemplify the diverse cultural context of Box Hill. The “strips” geometrically alternate over the floor plates to create highly articulated façades.

The terminations of the “Strips” are expressed with brightly coloured fascia around the balconies, adding a vibrant presence to the public realm.

Kavellaris Urban Design
The angular theme continues internally. Image: KUD

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