Another substantial Southbank tower emerges

Clarendon Street's position as a hotel and serviced apartment hub is likely to be strengthened by way of a new tower proposed for 56-62 Clarendon Street.

Already boasting Crown Metropol, Clarendon Street will also see construction commence on a Peppers hotel shortly, and is subject to a substantial hotel proposal as part of the Tea House's prospective redevelopment. In addition to traditional apartments, 56-62 Clarendon Street is proposed to also include 128 serviced apartments across its lower levels.

Submitted late last year, the application on behalf of developer Yang Clarendon.

56-62 Clarendon Street application summary

Artist's impression of the new Southbank tower. Planning image: Fender Katsalidis
  • 1,212sqm site current utilised as a Europcar outlet and motor mechanic centre
  • Proposed 48 level tower at 151m to roof
  • Plot ratio: 22.6:1
  • 128 Serviced Apartments: 24 x DK 1BR, 56 x DK  Studio, 48 x Studio
  • 234 apartments: 117 x 1BR, 117 x 2BR
  • 2 retail spaces fronting Clarendon Street
  • 372sqm of amenities
  • 80 car parks & 93 bicycle bays
  • GFA: 27,214sqm

Fender Katsalidis Architects have designed the tower, with the broader development team having already responded to preliminary DELWP queries during February this year.

The building facade is designed to give the overall building form a more bold and expressive appearance, with different elements working to define the podium, tower and roof of the building.

At street level the podium appears more bold and dramatic, a point of interest and excitement along the pedestrian street. The tower form appears simpler and lighter, in the background but with the facade design winding its way up towards the top. At roof level the facade folds back along the top, extending the expressive and bold facade up to the roof, to be read from afar at the scale of the wider urban context, if only slightly.

Urban Context Report

At 48 levels, 56-62 Clarendon Street is among the tallest towers in the immediate area; diagonally opposite, BPM's Shadow Play is under construction whilst 334-344 City Road holds approval at 38 levels.

56-62 Clarendon Street carries a similarly themed exterior to a number of other Fender Katsalidis-designed Southbank towers such as Eureka Tower, Australia 108 and 18 Moray Street. Certainly, in the three projects below, gold highlights over a predominantly blue facade has become somewhat of a Southbank norm for the design practice.

Gold over Blue. Images: Yellow Red Fox, Meinhardt & Fender Katsalidis

56-62 Clarendon Street development team

  • Developer: Yang Clarendon
  • Architects: Fender Katsalidis Architects
  • Planning: Urbis
  • Land Surveyor: Breese Pitt Dixon
  • Building Surveyor: Abdec Building Surveyors
  • Structural and Services Engineering: WSP Structural Engineering
  • Waste Management: Leigh Design
  • Traffic Engineering: GTA Consultants
  • Wind Consultant: MEL Consultants

Development & Planning

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Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
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Transport & Design

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 07:00
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Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
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