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Old October 27th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #101
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A couple of shots of the Upper West Side five tower development (by Grollo):


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Some renders of the Manhattan tower in the UWS development (posted by Curtain):


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And these two Manahttan renders by melburn21:


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Old October 28th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #102
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A couple of smaller developments on Melbourne's tree-lined St. Kilda Road boulevard: the upmarket Parque Apartments, by Malaysia's Setia group, will be underway before Xmas, after strong sales.


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The 19 level Emerald Apartments (in Albert Road, just off St Kilda Road) are well underway, with the construction shot a couple of months old.


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27 Little Collins Street Sheraton Hotel/apartments in the CBD:


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Old October 29th, 2013, 12:19 AM   #103
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Old October 29th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #104
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It sure is; here is another one (256 City Road) approved this week at 60 levels/193 metres/633 feet:


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A new 193-metre skyscraper has been given the green light for Southbank after being signed off by Planning Minister Matthew Guy as a "tower of investment".

Mr Guy said the new tower “will help transform a currently underutilised site in central Southbank”.

The tower is at the maximum height recommended for the site and comes at a time of growing concern about the number of skyscrapers approved in the city centre.

The 61-storey apartment building is expected to house around 600 residents in addition to shared recreational facilities like car and bicycle spaces, a gym and a barbecue area. It will also boast café, restaurant and retail spaces at street level.

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Senior associate and project manager Eugene Chieng with architect firm Hayball, that designed the tower, said it was designed to meet planning controls for the area.

“At the time it (the project) was lodged, the planning scheme indicates a 160-metre height control with a discretionary 20 per cent increase in maximum height,” Mr Chieng said.

“In response to this, one part of the tower is tapered back at the top in attempt to relieve physical bulk on City Road."

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who was not available for comment, opposed a 238-metre tower in nearby Clarke St in February on the grounds it was “more than twice” the height outlined in the Southbank Structure Plan.

Construction on the tower is likely to begin next year, with completion expected in 2017.

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Rear shot by GlennWilson:


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Another shot by GlennWilson of the Flagstaff Garden area in Melbourne, with the recently completed 350 William Street (126 metres/40 levels/413 feet) featured:


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And a close up of its undulating facade by melbournee12:


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Melbourne's new City West Police complex is underway in GlennWilson's shot of Docklands and the Etihad Stadium:


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The taller building under construction in the background is 720 Bourke Street, and here are a couple of close ups by GlennWilson:


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The 32 level Portrait apartments in the Swanston Square re-development of a the former CUB brewery site are underway. The building covered with glass discs is the RMIT University's recently completed Design Hub:


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Old October 30th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #105
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What is the status of those two supertall projects?
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Old October 30th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #106
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What is the status of those two supertall projects?
The 555 Collins Street proposal seems unlikely to go ahead, whilst the 388 metre Southbank proposal is being re-designed.. A forum member with good contacts has posted that it is still likely to be more than 300 metres. We just have to be patient!
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Old October 31st, 2013, 10:09 PM   #107
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Avenue Apartments in South Yarra, from a Yarra River's bike path (by Drunkill):


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Pearl Tower (253 metres), in Melbourne's Southbank precinct, from the south, then the north (by GlennWilson). The building going up on the left is the Epic apartments (38 levels/122 metres/400 feet) and the one on the right is Wrap (41 levels/135 metres/443 feet):


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And a long distance one of Pearl, by Drunkill:


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Old November 1st, 2013, 11:22 PM   #109
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A great shot by Grollo places 720 Bourke Street (a 100 metre office tower for Medibank) in context in Melbourne's Docklands. 720 faces onto the concourse for Etihad Stadium (50,000+ seats, with a retractable roof), which is also connected to Southern Cross Station. The cranes on the right are working on Array (41 levels/130 metres/apartments), in the Yarra's Edge precinct of Docklands. Work began recently on Concavo (30 levels/100 metres/apartments), which is a twin for Convesso (2nd tower to the right of the one with gold curved roof line).


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A close up of Array apartments, also by Grollo:


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More images of Pearl (apartments/253 metres) under construction. Roof in the foreground is Melbourne's riverside convention centre.


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Fulton Lane is a twin tower apartment development under construction in Melbourne's CBD; 778 apartments, 29 levels/107 metres/351 feet and 45 levels/150 metres/492 feet; completion in 2014.


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MY80 (54 levels/162 metres/531 feet) update by GlennWilson. The undulating facade is gradually emerging.


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Progress shots of Prima Pearl (253 metres/72 levels/830 feet), taken from the observation deck of Melbourne's tallest, Eureka (297 metres), by rorrox71. Note, the deck's glass is tinted.


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A render of Prima Pearl:


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And, finally, a beautiful shot, by Grollo, of the almost completed twin tower development in Docklands, The Quays.


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And a series of images of The Quays (thank you to the UrbanMelbourne forum):


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Old November 3rd, 2013, 10:41 PM   #111
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The summit of Wrap apartments (41 levels/135 metres/445 feet) is looking great (thanks GlennWilson).


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More great shots of Melbourne's new big one: Prima Pearl (253 metres).


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And Curtain's beautiful shots bring out the colour:


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Poor quality preliminary render of another proposal in Melbourne's booming northern end (five buildings over 170 metres in a short stretch of Elizabeth Street: two under construction and three proposals). This one is 75 levels/241 metres/791 feet).


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Pictured left is the first published image of a landmark 75-level skyscraper Planning Minister Matthew Guy has been asked to approve at the top of town.
Chinese developer Golden Age is seeking to replace the Drummond Golf building at 452-472 Elizabeth Street, at the north-east corner of Franklin Street, with the complex, which will include 622 flats but just 163 car park bays.
The tower is earmarked to rise from just a 932-square-metre block. In June, developer Equiset Grollo also pushed planning boundaries asking the minister to approve a thin 54-level commercial and residential building on a 483-square-metre block at 464 Collins Street.
Last month Mr Guy approved a 61-level apartment project at 260 City Road, Southbank, which is said will accommodate 600 residents.
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GlennWilson's shot shows one of the buildings under construction in Elizabeth Street: MY80 (54 levels/162 metres/531 feet)


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GlennWilson's shots from the north capture a cluster of cranes at work in Melbourne:


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A couple of beautiful shots posted by Dimethyltriptamine, from Flickr, of the AIA office development:


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A close up of AIA's "green gash" which I posted in July:


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Another fantastic GlennWilson shot of the 100 metre Medibank building rising beside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne's Docklands:


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And a close up of Medibank, posted by Londoner, who lives in a neighbouring apartment tower:


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Old November 15th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #113
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80 Collins Street, Melbourne is a development comprising a 44 level office tower (190 metres/623 feet), a 19 level, 250 room hotel and 5,800 sq. metres of retail. The developer, the Queensland Investment Corporation, appears to be on the brink of calling tenders for the $550 million project. The development has particular significance as it will plug an ugly gap in the streetscape of Melbourne's most prestigious thoroughfare. The gap was created in 1977 when low-rise buildings on Collins Street were demolished to create a forecourt for a 52 level office tower.


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Grollo posted a photo of 720 Bourke Street (Medibank development), flanked by the "Rubic's Cube" offices hosting Channel 9's studios and the National Australia Bank's latest Docklands development on the right.


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redbaron_12 has posted a shot of progress on 568 Collins Street (68 levels/224 metres/735 feet).


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New of another Collins Street office proposal (477 Collins), at 40 levels/175 metres/574 feet) was posted by Dean, with photos of the existing streets cape by Alphaville and melbournee12:

CBD > 477 Collins St > 175m / 40L / Office
New 51,000 sq m tower of premium office space with 1600 sq m plus floor plates behind the existing Olderfleet Buildings.

Mirvac’s marvellous mid-town move
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The Mirvac Group is advancing plans for a $500 million redevelopment in the heart of the fast-emerging mid-town section of Collins Street. This week the listed developer and investor finalised a deal to acquire 477 Collins Street from Aviva Investors for a figure in the low $70 million range. The Olderfleet Buildings is one of the best-preserved examples of the “marvellous Melbourne” era of the 1890s. The property combines three heritage frontages on Collins Street, with a modern office tower and car park to the rear. Mirvac will now pursue plans for a 40-storey tower behind the historic front sections. A new tower is expected to offer 50,000 square metres of space, with an end value near $500 million. A side core-style development by Grimshaw Architects will enable Mirvac to deliver 1600 square-metre floorplates into the premium office market.

“What is now happening is the *emergence of a precinct which is very well connected to both ends of Collins Street,” he said. Over that period, the CBD has developed a strong north-south axis, with the Collins Street mid-town area around William and Queen Streets playing a central role . “Because of these factors, if you look at the potential value of redeveloping in the mid-town, it has got a whole lot going for it.” Mirvac’s latest acquisition will be held on balance sheet, delivering a *commercial return, as Mirvac hunts tenants eager for accommodation in a new generation tower. Other big players are also taking positions in the burgeoning mid-town. Lorenz Grollo is preparing for a major revamp to the Rialto Towers, next to the Olderfleet. Across the street, he is planning an ultra-slender tower project at the Makers Mark site. Nearby, another Grollo scion, Daniel Grollo is pursuing a $600 million joint venture at 555 Collins Street. Further along, Investa is funding a $460 million new office tower emerging from Collins Street, just before Spencer Street.

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An update on yesterday's shot of 568 Collins Street (224 metres/68 levels/735 feet) has been provided by Curtain, providing a rare instance where the reality matches the render; in this case, the wrap to the podium.

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Directly opposite 568 Collins Street is 567, where a 29 level/125 metres/410 feet/55,000 sq. metres of office space, in large floor plates of 2,000-2,500 sq. metres, is going up. Curtain has posted the first shots of the sloping columns which frame the entrance.


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A couple of interesting smaller apartment developments, by ARM, have recently started construction in the inner Melbourne suburb of South Melbourne. They are Orbis and Momentum, on adding sites.


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The recently completed Silverleaf apartments, also in South Melbourne, have an interesting car park wrap.


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GlennWilson provided a nice shot from the just completed Albert Tower, in Melbourne's St Kilda Road precinct. The building is Melbourne's main war memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance, which has underground galleries being constructed at present:


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The Albert Tower is the honeycomb building:


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Re-development of Melbourne's massive CUB brewery site on the northern fringe of the central grid has begun in ernest, after many years of delay. 551 Swanston Street is the 32 level, 536 apartments, component of Swanston Square, with retail space in the adjoining historic red brick Malthouse building, connected by a Wintergarden.

Photo of the old Malthouse building, before work began:


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A recent shot by Curtain:


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A poor quality render shows the image of an aboriginal elder which has been worked into the facade of the apartment tower:


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Another apartment building has been proposed for the western edge of the site, where the original bluestone walls on the site have been incorporated into the design:


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The south-western corner of the site was originally planned to be a 281 metre office tower, but, after years of delay, it has been on-sold to CEL, who are planning 1,000 apartments in what is hoped to be one of Melbourne's tallest buildings. CEL are currently building the 69 level, 226 metre Tower Melbourne in central Melbourne.
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The most prominent of Melbourne's grand tree lined boulevards, St Kilda Road saw most of its 19th/ early 20th century mansions replaced by medium rise office blocks in the 1960s/1970s. With the more recent preference by businesses for campus style offices in Melbourne's rapidly developing Docklands, St Kilda Road has seen many high rise apartments replace ageing office blocks. This planning application for 601 St Kilda Road is just the latest. Thank you to Mark Baljak of the UrbanMelbourne site for these details: two 20 and one 9 storey apartment buildings are slated to replace an existing low rise office complex on the the corner of High Street and St Kilda Road. The 20 storey Building 1 is the most distinctive, with its swept form transitioning in height from east to west. A total of 473 apartments is proposed for the large 7,300 square metre site.


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Melbourne's largest proposed project just got taller, if the revised plan for the huge former Age newspaper site on the western edge gets the go ahead. Details are from the UrbanMelbourne site. The main features of the four towers are:

Tower 1, 85 storeys/295 to 300 metres/968 to 984 feet, 228 suite, 5 star hotel, with a check-in sky lobby on level 84 and 750 apartments in the balance of the building;

Tower 2, 74 storeys/235-240 metres/771-787 feet, 805 apartments;

Tower 3, 62 storeys/205-210 metres/673-689 feet, 520 apartments;

Tower 4, 68 storeys/225-230 metres/738-755 feet, 778 apartments.

Given the speed with which the Far East Consortium has developed the Upper West Side 5 tower project directly opposite the Age site, odds on this latest proposal going ahead look good. Render posted by Curtain.


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Just when you thought you had seen it all, along comes a scheme of epic proportions relative to anything previously seen in Melbourne; it simply leaves you gobsmacked!

Following on from their successful Upper West Side multi tower project on the former Lonsdale Street Power Station site, developer Far East Consortium has once again engaged Cottee Parker. The architecture firm has recently lodged an Application for Modification to Master Plan for the 1.2ha site at 250 Spencer Street - directly opposite Upper West Side and formerly home to The Age newspaper. The proposal continues the current trend of tall, slender towers appearing within Melbourne's CBD and Southbank, while simultaneously taking urban density to a whole new level - 2,853 apartments and 488 hotel suites in total.



Cottee Parker have once more employed the podium and tower typology - considered standard practice in the CBD - to create a vertical village comprising 4 residential towers ranging in height from a minimum 205 metres to a maximum of 300 metres, potentially usurping Eureka Tower to become Melbourne's tallest building given that other towers seeking the crown have stumbled. The individual tower envelopes present as a series of extruded irregular floor plates, defined by sculpted crystalline shards at their pinnacles. The two tallest towers are located to Spencer Street with the 295-300 metre Tower 1 occupying the prominent corner with Lonsdale Street.

Previously held by ISPT Super Property who in turn gained planning approval for a Bates Smart designed, six tower master plan, it emerged mid year that 250 Spencer Street had been sold to Far East Consortium.

Changes to ISPT's endorsed master plan are listed in the Application and are as follows:

• A proposal for four towers above a podium. The endorsed scheme has six towers. With four towers there is greater amenity
internally with increased setbacks between the towers.
• A proposal for higher towers to maintain a similar density of apartments. Towers range from 62 to 85 storeys. Towers in the
endorsed scheme range from 39 to 78 storeys.
• The potential inclusion of two hotels occupying opposite corners of the development.
• Greater activation of the ground plane due to minimal penetration of the building face for vehicular access.
• Additional retail and hotel facilities at Level 1 above ground
• All loading and delivery facilities are below ground in Basement 1 accessed via a vehicular ramp off Little Lonsdale Street.
The endorsed scheme has all servicing at ground level off a service road through the site.
• Inclusion of a central open landscaped spine running north/south through the site. This is principally a pedestrian zone, but part
of it is shared with a one way vehicular route for drop-off to hotels and residential buildings. A proposed park area
will be integrated into the northern part of the open space with frontage along Little Lonsdale Street. The endorsed scheme
does not allow this level of amenity.
• Additional implementation of east/west pedestrian access through the site to enhance activation and connectivity to the
north/south spine.
• A reduction of the number of car spaces above grade by providing basement parking. The endorsed scheme has no
basements and provides all car spaces above grade. The proposed scheme has 4 levels of basement with the balance of car
spaces above grade.
• Greater activation of the podium by providing more apartments to the perimeter face extending to the top of the podium. The
endorsed scheme has apartments to level 3 and open (screened) car parking levels beyond.
• The development will be designed and delivered as a wholistic precinct. There is no intention of selling off separate
development lots. The endorsed scheme was planned for 6 individual lots to be sold separately.
• Residential traffic is separated from service vehicle traffic with vehicular access consolidated to 2 entrances, one up to
podium levels and one down to basements, from Merriman Lane.
• There is active frontage of various uses to all faces at ground.
• There is active frontage to the majority of the podium form from Level 1 to the podium roof top.
• Where podium carparking levels are proposed these floors are used to help ameliorate wind issues. Carparking is screened
or hidden from street view.
• The proposed scheme has podium heights from 8 to 11 storeys. The endorsed scheme has podium heights from 9 to 10
storeys.

Overall the modifications and variations result in positive outcomes for potentially dwellers via fewer but taller towers with greater separation between them (10m setback), allowing increased natural light penetration. Cottee Parker's scheme also provides what should be an exceptional experience to the pedestrian at street level - a huge improvement over the endorsed scheme which offered a fairly mediocre pedestrian experience internally by way of provision of a network of laneways which acted as vehicular thoroughfares, only because it was easier to carve up and sell the site.

Luckily that didn't eventuate and a superior response has been developed. Varied heights suggest that hopefully depending upon the facade strategy employed, the towers will read as individual elements rather than one great wall which is one of Upper West Side's shortcomings.



Features of the Master Plan:

4 levels of basement parking, with 1816 spaces in total
The ground floor plane will be activated by foyers for apartment towers, separate foyers for both hotels, retail tenancies and a 1,350 sqm internal plaza featuring a food court
Active uses to podium frontages in the form of hotel rooms, function areas, apartments, a ball room and retail tenancies.
Tower 1, corner of Spencer Street & Lonsdale Street : 85-storeys (295-300m) tower featuring a 228 suite, 5-star hotel, hotel facilities and amenities such as bar and restaurant facilities, a spa centre, pool, gymnasium occupying the top 14 floors. A sky lobby check-in tops it all off on level 84 with the balance of floor space dedicated to 750 apartments. There is provision for 465 resident parking spaces and 30 for the hotel.
Tower 2, corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Spencer Street : 74-storeys (235-240m) - 805 apartments and 500 parking spaces.
Tower 3, corner of Merriman Lane and Little Lonsdale Street : 62-storeys (205-210m) - a 260 suite, 3-4 star hotel within the podium levels and lower levels of the tower with 520 apartments above and 321 parking spaces overall.
Tower 4, corner of Lonsdale Street and Merriman Lane : 68-storeys (225-230m) - 778 apartments and
The widening of Merriman Lane increasing the overall area to 380 sqm
A 450 sqm north facing park in addition to the landscaped podium rooftops.


Brief timeline:

ISPT and JV partner at the time, Perth-based Axiom Properties purchased the site in 2008 for $66.1m. After an invited competition Hassell were engaged to prepare a master plan for the 1.52ha site.
The development partners then sought approval for a Hassell-designed twin-tower scheme of 52 & 40-storeys respectively, on the eastern most portion, including the retention and adaptive re-use of the Reidy's building with retail spilling out onto Elliot and Merriman Lanes.
Upon gaining approval the JV partners promptly put the site with Planning Permit on the market before it was snapped up by Central Equity for $17m who engaged Doig Architecture to devise a new two tower scheme, the first stage of which is open to registrations
After 40 years, The Age vacated 250 Spencer Street in October 2009 - relocating to their shiny new digs down the road at Media House, thus releasing the remainder of the site for development. Axiom sells it's share of the site to ISPT.
ISPT received approval for the Bates Smart conceived residential master plan - comprising approximately 3,000 apartments across 6 towers ranging in height from 135 -220m - in January 2013 before putting the site up for sale.
Far East Consortium snapped up the site mid-year with anticipated settlement in 2014.
Project Team for scheme currently seeking approval

Developer - Far East Consortium
Architects - Cottee Parker
Structural Engineers - Winward Structures
Traffic Engineer - Cardno
​ESD Consultant - Wood & Grieve
Services, Fire & Lift - Wood & Grieve
Hydraulics - Hydrautech
Building Surveyor - Philip Chun
Town Planner - Fulcrum Planning
Wind Engineer - Melconsultants
Facade Engineer - BG & E Consulting
It will be intriguing to see how the mainstream media approaches the revised 250 Spencer Street submission. Will they rail against the towers increased height or will they acknowledge that at face value, Cottee Parker's scheme seems to have numerous public realm benefits over the previously approved master plan while maintaining a similar number of apartments. We can't answer that but one things for sure, you read it on Urban Melbourne first.


Bates Smart approved master plan for 6 towers, in context. © Bates Smart
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312 Latrobe Street (30 levels, 90 metres,295 feet) is underway (student accommodation):


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