Carlton Brewery development in Melbourne CBD approved
March 05, 2008 12:00am
PLANS for the redevelopment of the Carlton Brewery site on Melbourne CBD's northern fringe have been approved.
State Planning Minister Justin Madden today gave the go-ahead for Grocon's proposal for the Swanston St site.
The $800 million project will feature five distinct buildings on the 1.6ha site, including a 66-storey tower at the corner of Bouverie and Victoria sts.
It includes apartments, commercial buildings and shops.
And about 30 per cent of the land will be devoted to public space.
Work on the project is expected to start by the end of the year.
Coles has already agreed to taking between 4000 and 6000 square metres of retail space.
Grocon chief executive Daniel Grollo also said an archaeological investigation would start on the site in May.
"We want to look at the use of the site over time. We know there was a brewery on site from 1854 to 1989 but we're unsure of what other uses the site has been subject to over the years."
Five separate architectural firms -Ashton Raggatt McDougall, Denton Corker Marshall, Minifie Nixon, McBride Charles Ryan and NH Architecture - were selected to design buildings for the project.
The buildings will vary in height from 66 storeys off Victoria St, to 11 storeys off Queensberry St.
Grocon bought the site from RMIT for $39 million in late 2006.
RMIT is planning a design hub at the corner of Swanston and Victoria streets.
Replicating a 'Summing up' post on the Vic forum's CUB thread for those who don't go there:WOW, just build it!
What archaeological investigation? It's not Pompeii for Christ sake! lolhno:
Any more renders brother???