Aurora Melbourne Central - 224 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

224-252 La Trobe Street, Melbourne. Image © Elenberg Fraser
Architect: 
Builder: 
Building Type: 
High-rise
Number of Buildings: 
1
Roof Height(s) - metres: 
267.15
Floor count: 
88
Amenities: 
Recreational deck and owners club
Suburb: 
Project Status: 
Developer: 
Number of Dwellings: 
941
Number of Serviced Apartments: 
208
Site Area: 
3,197.00 square metres
Nearby Public Transport: 
Melbourne Central Station
Bike Spaces: 
781
Car Spaces: 
362

Location

Project Team List

Related Articles

The state of construction in Melbourne - mid September 2017

Since April , many of the construction sites featured below have seen significant progress on their respective sites, most notably the Australia 108 and Swanston Central sites. Others such as Capitol Grand in South Yarra are still enormous pits in the ground. Keep an eye on the key inner and middle ring sites, as many projects are about to make their presence felt in their respective suburbs - the very large market's site in Moonee Ponds (...

Victoria One's core tops out - becomes CBD's tallest structure

First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD. According to Probuild the the core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on Saturday 17 June, well ahead of schedule The view from the top. Image:...

The state of construction in Melbourne - mid April 2017

With over three hundred projects on our database currently under construction, there's a lot of cranes, pits, core boxes and new facades appearing all over the city. Here is a selection images posted originally on the forum by Urban Melbourne users and staff. Under each image is a link back to the forum thread where the image was originally posted - and there's plenty more images to view in each thread. Hendrix - Brunswick Image by Zicojapan,...

The 200 metre club revisited

Two almost forgotten planning applications for substantial skyscrapers have re-emerged over the last month, prompting Urban Melbourne to once again highlight the very healthy number of 200 metre plus skyscrapers in the pipeline for Melbourne. Most recently, 57-63 Exhibition Street which was first submitted during August 2014, is still active with Salta Properties backing the Bates Smart-designed skyscraper which would nudge 204m if approved...

Melbourne to host the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit in March 2017

With the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016. The blueprint aims to address areas in need of improvement including congestion and housing. It also seeks to provide infrastructure to increase Victorian’s access to essential services such as jobs and education in...

Seventh heaven: Melbourne sports seven 200 metre towers under construction

Melbourne is in the unprecedented position of now having a seventh tower spanning at least 200 metres at construction. Far from its heydey of years gone by, the Carlton United Brewery site fronting Swanston and Bouverie has remained dormant since its closure during 1987. In that period a variety of proposals have filtered through for the prime site, but none were successful until developer Hengyi secured the development plot and revealed...

The changing face of Melbourne's northern CBD

It looks to be one of those instances where a single image says it all. In this case the lead image above illustrates the rapid change engulfing the northern stretch of Melbourne's CBD. During a recent visit to Hickory Group's topping out ceremony for La Trobe Tower, the scale of this change became patently evident. Given abundant coverage to date on Urban Melbourne, towering individual planning applications and rendered city models fail to...

The CBD's northern construction boom in colour

The CBD's northern end is in full bloom so to speak as a variety of high-rise projects rapidly progress from paper designs to reality. So much so one only needs to crane one's head skyward to see multiple tower cranes dotting the skyline in all directions. Hand in hand with this fundamental change to the look and feel of the CBD's northern reaches is the injection of purple facades over certain skyscrapers as design practice Elenberg Fraser seek...

Melbourne CBD on course to be the most densely populated area in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its updated regional population growth figures on Wednesday and at 14,114 people per square kilometre, the Melbourne CBD sits as the second most densely populated area of the country behind Pyrmont-Ultimo in Sydney (15,117 people per square kilometre) . Based on development underway and in the pipeline - in the sheer number of projects and the size of them - the Melbourne CBD is likely to be in...

UEM Sunrise's next Melbourne foray shapes as a standout project

Malaysian firm UEM Sunrise has teamed with ARM Architecture for the developer's third Melbourne project. Lodged with Council during late 2015, City of Port Phillip have already indicated that they will support the extravagant conversion of the now commercial complex at 412 St Kilda Road into 182 high-end apartments. The emergence of an amended planning application comes as Victoria Police are preparing to vacate the building following the sale...

Proposals no more, the top end of Elizabeth Street is now a story of mass construction

For the past three years the big planning story in central Melbourne has been the plethora of large skyscraper projects, with the majority of these towers located on either side of Elizabeth Street to the north of La Trobe Street. Up until this point much has been made of the proposals however the majority are now construction sites. Indeed many of the proposals have attracted sufficient sales in order for the developer to be confident enough to...

The CBD's tallest building officially begins construction

A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday officially kicked off proceedings for works on Aurora Melbourne Central which will in time become the tallest building within the CBD. Developer UEM Sunrise's CEO and COO Commercial were in attendance, as were representatives from the project's architects Elenberg Fraser, head contractor Probuild and project manager PDS Group. Hosted on level 5 of the soon to be demolished car park structure onsite, the event...

Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge

More details of the Melbourne Metro project have been drip-fed out of the Victorian Government this week. Yesterday, the Minister for Public Transport announced the scope of properties which will need to be acquired as part of the Melbourne Metro project: the total quote sits at 44 buildings with 94 individual titles. An apartment building in the CBD containing 49 apartments will be acquired along with houses located near the tunnel portals in...

The Northern Heights: CBD North model updated

It has been some time since the last update of the northern quadrant of our CBD model, better known as CBD North. With a host of new proposals and approvals adding to the precinct, it seems an opportune time to revisit the area as it stands prior to the effects of amendment C262 becoming clear. Select each image for a larger view. Elevation of northern CBD towers looking south. At time of writing, the highlighted area as modeled carries 18...

Status unknown: a current overview of the 200 metre club

It has become increasing difficult to decipher the status of the many towers beyond 200 metres that are or are intending to stake their place in the Melbourne skyline. While 568 Collins Street is at completion and a handful of others are in their construction infancy, a veil of uncertainty hangs above many intended developments. The recent implementation of sweeping new planning regulations has cast doubt over many of the proposals which are...

A City of Melbourne amendment C262 case study

Following on from Craig Yelland’s article , I thought it might be worth looking at the application of amendment C262’s new planning controls on a block within the city. This largely came about of a request from forum regular John Proctor, who suggested a study of: …the block bordered by Little La Trobe, La Trobe, Swanston, Elizabeth, do a comparison of the approved towers and what the 24:1 plot ratio would allow. That block has 5/6 approved...

Northern lights: the incredible rate of change in Melbourne's northern CBD

Cast your eyes over the northern reaches of Melbourne's CBD and a not-too-subtle marker is taking its place. Brady Group's Vision has motored past the 150 metre mark on its way to 226 metres and in doing so is acting as a vanguard project of sorts for the rash of new residential towers set to redefine this section of Melbourne. With a host of new proposals joining the ranks of late, now presents as an opportune time to provide an overview of...

A synopsis of Melbourne's 200 metre plus towers produces a startling number

With more ins and outs than your favourite football team, it's an opportune time to provide a synopsis of all the towers vying to, or in the process of joining the Melbourne's 200 metre club. Much has changed since the last time Urban Melbourne visited the matter during August 2014 ; new projects are seeking their place in the skyline while others have fallen by the wayside. Rather than provide a simple list of those projects beyond 200 metres...

212-222 La Trobe Street: a story of chocolates and boiled lollies

One of Melbourne's longest running planning applications has found resolution after four years. Stymied by planning authorities owing to its poorly resolved design, 212-222 La Trobe Street's owners scored a win at VCAT during March, with the tribunal granting approval following the commission of Melbourne-based Jackson Clement Borrows to redesign the twin-towered scheme. It seems now that four years of time and expense on the proponents behalf...

Probuild crown their workbook with Aurora Melbourne Central

It was revealed in Kuala Lumpur yesterday that prolific Malaysian-based developer UEM Sunrise has chosen Probuild to deliver the group's first Melbourne project: Aurora Melbourne Central. Near on 270 metres, the Elenberg Fraser-designed tower will be the biggest undertaken by Melbourne-based Probuild both in terms of height and apartments involved. Located on La Trobe Street opposite Melbourne Central, the project will include in excess of 120,...

The answer becomes Aurora Melbourne Central upon approval

Project manager PDS Group yesterday announced that one of Melbourne's largest residential buildings has been given the green light to proceed. 224-252 La Trobe Street Melbourne will now head to sales under the moniker Aurora Melbourne Central. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the scheme was initially referred to as " The Answer " within early planning documents, relating to the all-encompassing nature of the design. Changes ensued in line with...

Eastern promises - an overview of Melbourne CBD's East End developments

The flow of development to Melbourne CBD's East End began as a trickle relative to surrounding inner city precincts, but the 'Paris End' of late has come into its own. 'Paris End' of course is an ill-fitting moniker (some would also say crass) with current development within the CBD's eastern flank well spread, as opposed to being centralised around Collins Street's historic grandeur. Bound by Flinders, Elizabeth, Spring and Victoria, Urban...

Changes afoot for 224-252 La Trobe Street

On Tuesday September 2nd the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee will vote on recommendations made by various departments to Council on whether to support a large development located at 224-252 La Trobe Street, to which Urban Melbourne has previously reported on . The relevant information for the reworked UEM Sunrise project is available online (PDF format). According to City of Melbourne's report, during pre-application discussions...

Melbourne's 200 metre club bursting at the seams

If one statistic brings into focus Melbourne's current development boom, it's this one; since Rialto's completion heralding Melbourne's first 200 metre plus tower in 1986, a total of six towers beyond 200 metres (not including antennas) have been built in the proceeding 28 years. Melbourne right now has 23 towers beyond 200 metres ranging from proposed to under construction. It's a gobsmacking figure representative of a perfect storm of...

The King in the North: 224-252 LaTrobe Street

The title of this afternoon's article is in part a light-hearted celebration of the return of Game of Thrones (for a fourth season tonight), but also a commentary on the visual and physical dominance of 252 LaTrobe Street when considered in its future context, amongst a host of other talls. In other words, an excuse for me to churn out some renders. Where Melbourne Central once reigned supreme for over two decades as the dominant tower in the...

The Answer > 224 - 252 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Bold assertions are best backed with bold outcomes and whilst a handful of poor quality images have been circulated of late, today we look at the full might of what may well become Melbourne's defining skyscraper. Purchased by Malaysian developer UEM Sunrise, 224-252 La Trobe Street is a 3197 sqm site opposite Melbourne Central which currently serves as a car park.

EF'ing spectacular! Elenberg Fraser make their mark

Hot on the heels of articles by Ryan & Mark in recent days, today's article continues the focus on Melbourne's in-demand architecture firm, Elenberg Fraser . Before I continue however, I'd like to start off by apologizing. The name Elenberg Fraser doesn't really lend itself to the sort of witty article names everyone has probably become accustomed to me providing. 'Tip of the Elenberg', ' Set Frasers to Stun' and even 'Set Frasers to stun,...

Development & Planning

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:00
Developer PDG has circulated preliminary images of a tower proposed to grace the Munro site adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market. This follows on from a planning application being submitted for the City of Melbourne-backed development which includes frontages to Therry Street, Queen Street and the rear of Franklin street.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 07:00
Late last year Urban Melbourne was invited for a tour of the new offices of CAPI in Windsor and a chat with its founder Pitzy Folk. The 1930’s building now known as '151 Albert' had previously housed Telstra and has been refurbished by renowned interior designer and family friend of the Folk family, Tamsin Johnson into 1,400 sqm of office and break out space across two floors and a basement.

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.