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Inter-war and student to the core: another whopping student accommodation project unveiled

A heritage listed building on an otherwise vacant Bouverie Street site is set to host one of Melbourne's larger student accommodation projects, falling under the UniLodge Bouverie St banner.

Across 123-135 Bouverie Street, dual towers are proposed that would add a further 596 rooms to the Melbourne market. Nettleton Tribe are the design force behind the proposal, with institutional investor Cedar Pacific backing the development.

The Art Deco style building onsite carries a distinct clinker brickwork pattern and is considered significant for both its historic and aesthetic attributes. Formerly the Modern Printing Company Factory, it will find new life as a retail/cafe space under the new plans.

123-135 Bouverie Street application summary

Eliminating a vacant Bouverie Street site. Planning image: Nettleton Tribe
  • Vacant 1,616sqm site save for the heritage Modern Printing Company Factory
  • Proposed: 14 storey residential building over two wings and 45.2m high
  • 596 rooms
  • All rooms within UniLodge Bouverie St available on either a 6 or 12 month contract
  • Total GFA: 7,806sqm
  • Facilities include rain garden, recreation area, theatre, gym, lounge areas, common study areas

UniLodge Bouverie St will cater for the University of Melbourne's Parkville students. Working under a 'self-catered hostel model', prospective students will find themselves in "a collegiate community with economic room sizes matched with a significant investment in common spaces and recreational areas."

Every level includes a communal space of some sort, with the rooftop including an outdoor garden and BBQ, herb/vegetable gardens and sky lounge.

After multiple similar projects for Deakin University and the recent completion of UniLodge @ VU in Footscray, 123-135 Bouverie Street is the latest project for Nettleton Tribe. Their Bouverie Street design consists primarily of a metallic two-tone aluminium cladding, highlighted by black steel fins and white aluminium trim.

A week for announcements

97 Franklin Street's dated design and the new 599-605 Swanston Street. Images: Hassell & Hayball

123-135 Bouverie Street's unveiling goes hand in hand with other significant news regarding Melbourne's student accommodation sector that has filtered through this week.

Scape Student Living has applied to build the world's tallest student-occupied tower on Franklin Street. Replacing approved plans for a 62 storey, 218m largely residential tower, Scape's intentions are for 740 student beds, 146 city living units and 11,500sqm of commercial space within the mixed use project.

Also this week, a fresh design has been added to the Urban Melbourne Project Database for Urbanest's approved tower at 599-605 Swanston Street. The creation of Hayball, Urbanest's latest Melbourne tower now presents as a golden tower with strong vertical elements across its facade.

The project is still expected to carry in excess of 600 student beds.

1 comment

George D's picture

This is exactly the right place for more student accommodation. It's even across the road from the fire station for when someone burns their toast.

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