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http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/18/1082226636118.html

New convention centre, bridge for city's west
By Royce Millar
City Reporter
April 19, 2004


A new footbridge over the Yarra linking Southbank and Docklands will be part of a $330 million convention precinct the State Government is expected to announce in its April statement tomorrow.

The precinct's centrepiece will be a 5000-seat convention centre, or plenary hall, earmarked for the former Mazda site next to the Exhibition Centre, widely known as Jeff's Shed.

Business groups have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.

The State Government has been tight-lipped about details of the April statement and has refused to confirm whether the convention centre project would be included.

Government sources said they expected the project to be a public-private partnership, with a private group building the centre and leasing it to the government.

The managers of the existing exhibition centre - a government-appointed trust - are likely to run the new centre.

But the project will hinge on support from the Melbourne City Council, which will be under intense pressure tomorrow to contribute $43 million, including about $15 million for the bridge.

Yesterday's Government announcement that it would return control of Docklands to the council was clearly timed to encourage the council to support the convention centre.

Yesterday a town hall source said the council had demanded it get Docklands back in return for a contribution to the convention centre.

A private town hall briefing today will be the first formal council discussion on the project. A special council meeting to vote on the contribution has been hastily called for tomorrow to coincide with the April statement.

Lord Mayor John So strongly supports the new centre. He will have the numbers to approve a council contribution.

But the council is split, with as many as four of the nine councillors possibly opposed to council involvement.

Finance committee chairman and former Labor Party member Kevin Chamberlin said yesterday the council administration had confirmed that a large contribution would result in service cuts, a rate rise, or both.

If the convention centre was to be a public-private partnership the council should not contribute, he said.

The Committee for Melbourne called on the council to back the project.

"People come to these conventions with millions of disposable dollars and this has a remarkable knock-on effect for business in the city," executive director Janine Kirk said.

State MPs and councillors have questioned whether Melbourne needs a new centre, when existing venues such as the Docklands football stadium can seat 5000.

But the chief executive of the existing Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Leigh Harry, said that to compete for international conventions, Melbourne needed a centre with a large plenary hall, a large exhibition space, and plenty of smaller meeting rooms.

He said no existing Melbourne venue provided all three.

Mr Harry said among world cities Melbourne had slipped from fourth to 25th in the number of international conventions hosted.

He said that Melbourne's lack of convention capacity made it ineligible for 320 major international conventions.
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http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/18/1082226636118.html

New convention centre, bridge for city's west
By Royce Millar
City Reporter
April 19, 2004


A new footbridge over the Yarra linking Southbank and Docklands will be part of a $330 million convention precinct the State Government is expected to announce in its April statement tomorrow.

The precinct's centrepiece will be a 5000-seat convention centre, or plenary hall, earmarked for the former Mazda site next to the...
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The premier siad yesterday that the total value of the project would be $800 million. $370 million for the convention centre, $43 million for the new bridge and other works to be done by the city of Melbourne and $400 million for the new hotels/residnetial component.

So it will cost about the same as Southern Cross Station. $400 million should be enough to build a couple of 40 storey towers, nice gap fillers on the south bank of the Yarra between YE and the Southbank Towers.
The premier siad yesterday that the total value of the project would be $800 million. $370 million for the convention centre, $43 million for the new bridge and other works to be done by the city of Melbourne and $400 million for the new hotels/residnetial component.

So it will cost about the same as Southern Cross Station. $400 million should be enough to build a couple of 40 storey towers, nice gap fillers on the south bank of the Yarra between YE and the Southbank Towers.
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How much will the new Convention Centre cost?

Construction of the new facility is estimated to cost $367 million. The ultimate cost to the State will depend on the outcome of the tender process, the scope of services to be provided by the private sector, and the proceeds attributable to the development of other sites within the precinct, which will be undertaken as part of the Convention Centre Redevelopment.

What sort of other buildings/development will be part of this? Hotels?Restaurants?

The Convention Centre will be the catalyst for around $800m in redevelopment of the surrounding precinct for uses such as a hotel, restaurants, retail outlets and residential development. A footbridge link to the Northbank and the realisation of alternative uses for the existing Convention Centre will also be part of the overall redevelopment. A master plan will be developed for the precinct in consultation with the private sector, the City of Melbourne and the Minister for Planning.

What will happen to the existing Convention Centre?

The existing Convention Centre will remain open at least until the new Centre commences operations in 2008. Subsequently, there are a number of options for use of the site, including the operation of a smaller complementary facility or alternative uses which are currently being explored with other stakeholders.

Please, please demolish this blight on the Yarra:


Is the Exhibition Centre to be expanded as part of the Redevelopment?

The Project approved by Government is Stage 1 of a masterplan. Stage 2 involves the potential extension of the Exhibition Centre. The site designated for this extension is to be quarantined from development and is proposed to be used for carparking (this can be seen in the schematics for Stage 1).

Timeline:

Late 2004: Expressions of interest
Mid 2005: Tender documentation released to short-listed bidders
Late 2005: Winning bid announced
Early 2006: construction commences
2008: construction completed

Will the new Convention Centre look like the design shown in the schematics?

No. The schematics illustrate a conceptual design for the new Convention Centre. The State will require that the design meets aesthetic requirements appropriate to the prominent position of the site.

Lucky it's only a schematic because it looks bloody awful, but you get the idea:

I hope DCM get the job so they can intergrate the design with Jeff's shed (which this design doesn't do very well)




A slightly different concept with three towers :)


Map of the area:
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How much will the new Convention Centre cost?

Construction of the new facility is estimated to cost $367 million. The ultimate cost to the State will depend on the outcome of the tender process, the scope of services to be provided by the private sector, and the proceeds attributable to the development of other sites within the precinct, which will be undertaken as part of the Convention Centre Redevelopment.

What sort of other buildings/development will be part of this...
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It has to be that close to the river to leave room for stage 2 which is the expansion of the Exhibition Centre. If they built it further back then there would be no room for the Exhibition Centre to expand.
Aussie Steve said:
Why does it need to be so close to the river, Set it way back closer to the freeway and leave some open space between the riverside sheds and the new building.
It has to be that close to the river to leave room for stage 2 which is the expansion of the Exhibition Centre. If they built it further back then there would be no room for the Exhibition Centre to expand.
Aussie Steve said:
Why does it need to be so close to the river, Set it way back closer to the freeway and leave some open space between the riverside sheds and the new building.
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Will the new Convention Centre look like the design shown in the schematics?

No. The schematics illustrate a conceptual design for the new Convention Centre. The final design will be the one submitted by the successful tenderer during the forthcoming tender process. The State will require that the design meets aesthetic requirements appropriate to the prominent position of the site.
Will the new Convention Centre look like the design shown in the schematics?

No. The schematics illustrate a conceptual design for the new Convention Centre. The final design will be the one submitted by the successful tenderer during the forthcoming tender process. The State will require that the design meets aesthetic requirements appropriate to the prominent position of the site.
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Depends if Grocon gets the Burj Dubai contract, if they do I think they will be pretty busy for the next four or five years :)
Depends if Grocon gets the Burj Dubai contract, if they do I think they will be pretty busy for the next four or five years :)
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The three successful consortia invited to tender for the development in December last year were:

- Convene – Bovis Lend Lease (Builder), Spotless (Services Provider) and ABN AMRO (Equity)
- Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership ("MCCP") – Baulderstone (Builder and Services Provider) and Bilfinger Berger (Equity)
- Multiplex / Plenary Consortium ("MPC") – Multiplex (as Equity, Builder and Services Provider) and Plenary Group (Equity)
The three successful consortia invited to tender for the development in December last year were:

- Convene – Bovis Lend Lease (Builder), Spotless (Services Provider) and ABN AMRO (Equity)
- Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership ("MCCP") – Baulderstone (Builder and Services Provider) and Bilfinger Berger (Equity)
- Multiplex / Plenary Consortium ("MPC") – Multiplex (as Equity, Builder and Services Provider) and Plenary Group (Equity)
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This is the DCM design for the proposed 18,000 square metre expansion of the Exhibition Centre that never went ahead:

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This is the DCM design for the proposed 18,000 square metre expansion of the Exhibition Centre that never went ahead:
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It is a shame that DCM didn't get a chance to design the new convention centre, the exhibition centre is an excellent building.
Also I hope the designs for the site take into account future market conditions and include a couple of aprtment/hotel towers rather than taking a short term view and not developing the site to it's full potential.
It is a shame that DCM didn't get a chance to design the new convention centre, the exhibition centre is an excellent building.
Also I hope the designs for the site take into account future market conditions and include a couple of aprtment/hotel towers rather than taking a short term view and not developing the site to it's full potential.
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Press release today:

Mr Brumby said the development of convention centre had moved a step closer with proposals being received at the end of this week from the three short listed bidders- Convene, Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership and Multiplex/Plenary Consortium.

"Bidders are encouraged to developed innovative, competitive bids and adopt best practices ecological sustainable development principles," he said.

A decision on the successful consortium will be made by the end of this year.
Press release today:

Mr Brumby said the development of convention centre had moved a step closer with proposals being received at the end of this week from the three short listed bidders- Convene, Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership and Multiplex/Plenary Consortium.

"Bidders are encouraged to developed innovative, competitive bids and adopt best practices ecological sustainable development principles," he said.

A decision on the successful consortium will be made by the end of this year.
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Lend Lease and Multiplex, how predictable was that :)
Lend Lease and Multiplex, how predictable was that :)
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No news as of yet, they usually have press conferecnes releasing big news like this at around 4.30pm so that it is rushed onto the 6pm news without too much time for critical reaction :)
No news as of yet, they usually have press conferecnes releasing big news like this at around 4.30pm so that it is rushed onto the 6pm news without too much time for critical reaction :)
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They picked the super sized $1 billion version!

The news web sites are a bit slow today:

Wednesday, 22 February 2006

CONVENTION CENTRE CORNERSTONE OF YARRA REDEVELOPMENT

The Premier, Steve Bracks, today unveiled details of a major redevelopment of the lower Yarra’s southern banks, including a 5000-seat Convention Centre, a five-star hotel, an office and residential tower, a riverfront retail promenade and revitalised Maritime Museum.

Mr Bracks, who announced Multiplex/Plenary Consortium as the successful tenderer for the Convention Centre contract, said the State Government’s contribution to the project would be $370 million.

“The new Convention Centre will be an iconic building and major new landmark for Melbourne,” he said.

“The centre will secure Melbourne’s position as Australia’s business event capital generating millions of dollars each year for the business tourism and retail sectors and create thousands of new jobs for Victorians.

“The new centre is part of a public-private partnership project that will complete the urban renewal of the Yarra River’s edge linking Southbank to Docklands and creating a commercial and lifestyle district down the river’s spine to the bay’s edge and port districts.”

Mr Bracks said the consortia’s $1 billion proposal included:

• a 5,000 seat, six-star energy rated Convention Centre;
• a five star Hilton Hotel;
• an office and residential tower;

• a riverfront promenade of retails shops, including cafes, bookstores and wine merchants;
• a premium brand homemaker retail complex; and
• an investment in public spaces including a partnership with the National Trust for a revitalised Maritime Museum.

“The remaining developments will be financed privately as a public-private partnership under the Partnership Victoria model,” Mr Bracks said.

“The winning bid is a great example of how the Partnerships Victoria policy can bring innovation and benefits to the Victorian community.

“The Melbourne City Council will also invest $43 million to finance a bridge linking the southern and northern banks, other capital works and marketing of the new centre.”

Mr Bracks said today’s announcement followed a rigorous tender process.

“The Multiplex/Plenary Consortium proposal delivered commercial, services, technical and design excellence and will elevate Melbourne’s business events profile internationally,” Mr Bracks said.

“Melbourne’s new convention centre will be a facility all Victorian will be proud to call their own.

“It will incorporate state of the art design features and achieve a six star green star rating.

“The timber-clad, 5,000-seat Plenary Hall will be fan-shaped achieving an unobstructed view of proceedings.

“I have also asked Victoria's newly-appointed Government Architect John Denton and his office to work with the successful bidder on the delivery of the proposed iconic design.”

The Convention Centre will also feature:
• a ball room;
• an 18-metre high glass wall façade fronting the Yarra;
• a gala seating system in the Plenary Hall to allow for flexible seating configurations;
• 32 meeting rooms; and
• a ground foyer for 11,000 guests.

Mr Bracks said the Convention Centre project was a great example of strategic infrastructure investment designed to grow the entire State.

“The new Convention Centre will generate 2,500 jobs plus 1,000 jobs during the construction period and increase economic activity by $197 million each year over 25 years.

“Interest in this magnificent new centre is set to soar now that we have a proposal that offers a world class ‘green’ facility for a full spectrum of international conferences and events.”

The Minister for Tourism, John Pandazopoulos, said Victoria had already secured five big international conventions for the new centre worth nearly $70 million and collectively bringing almost 12,500 delegates to the State.

“Business events already contribute $1.2 billion to the Victorian economy and employs more than 22,000 people,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.

“Business tourists spend twice as much as leisure tourists and business tourism is the fastest growing and highest yielding tourism sector.”

The Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, said the new convention centre was part of the largest program of infrastructure spending by any Victorian Government.

“The Bracks Government is delivering the biggest infrastructure spend in Victoria's history - we are building roads, schools, hospitals and police stations and other vital projects in a financially responsible way for all Victorians,” Mr Lenders said.

“In the last five years we have spent $10 billion on infrastructure, or an average $2 billion each year, and will spend more than $10 billion or an average of $2.5 billion each year in the next four years.”

The Mulitplex/Plenary Consortium consists of the Plenary Group (consortium lead, equity investor and project management), Deutsche Bank (financial underwriter), AUSTEXX (commercial development partner), Multiplex Constructions (builder), Multiplex Facilities Management (service delivery over the 25 year concession period), Hilton International (hotel operator) and NH Architecture/Woods Bagot/Larry Oltmanns (architecture and urban design).

Construction is scheduled to start after the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the centre will be operational in 2009.
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They picked the super sized $1 billion version!

The news web sites are a bit slow today:

Wednesday, 22 February 2006

CONVENTION CENTRE CORNERSTONE OF YARRA REDEVELOPMENT

The Premier, Steve Bracks, today unveiled details of a major redevelopment of the lower Yarra’s southern banks, including a 5000-seat Convention Centre, a five-star hotel, an office and residential tower, a riverfront retail promenade and revitalised Maritime Museum.

Mr Bracks, who announced...
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The Hilton Hotel will be 12 storeys high.

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- The Precinct -

The Multiplex-Plenary Consortium was established by Plenary Group in 2004 to bid for Melbourne’s landmark Convention Centre.

! This is a $1 billion integrated mixed-use precinct investment that will create a contiguous Southbank river frontage – the last, and most crucial, urban renewal of
the Yarra’s edge, linking the south bank to Docklands.

! The total Precinct development delivers much more than just the base case convention centre and bridge. It will also deliver:

− a 319 room 5 star Hilton Hotel
− an 18,000m2 office and residential tower, and
− a 10,000m2 riverfront promenade of lifestyle retail, incorporating cafes bookstores and tourism retail
− a 50,000m2 premium brand homemaker retail complex that will be one of the largest single stage retail developments ever completed in the Melbourne CBD
− an investment in public spaces including a partnership with the National Trust for a revitalised Maritime Museum.


- Convention Centre -

! The project will commence after the Commonwealth Games in 2006 with a construction completion to allow it to be operational in 2009.
! Floor area of Convention Centre 66,000m2.
! Height of building 25m.
! Triangular roof area 20,000m, the sides of triangle approximately 200m long each.
! The building basement provides truck unloading facilities below ground directly into the Plenary Hall. The majority of plant rooms and back of house facilities (main kitchen) are housed out of sight in this location.
! The Plenary Hall has a maximum capacity of 5,000 persons and is sub dividable into 3 smaller plenary configurations of 2500, 1500 and 1000 persons respectively; made possible by the extension of sound proof walls.
! The ground floor foyer is able to host as many as 11,000 guests at a cocktail type function.
! The meeting room provision is 32 rooms of varying size.
! The vertical transport system allows for trucks to be lifted to all levels for exhibition and displays.
! 18 meter high glass wall façade to riverfront and maritime village which maximises views back up the river with the city skyline as a backdrop.
! General Material Quantities:
− Concrete – 19,985 cubic metres
− Reinforcing Steel – 1830 tonne
− Bulk excavation – 101,813 m3
− Structural Steel – 5200 tonne
− Ceilings – 61,034 m2
− Roof sheeting – 14,643 m2
− Lifts - 15 lifts
− Escalators - 16 Escalators


- Design Elements -

! Located on the southern bank of the Yarra River adjacent to the existing Melbourne Exhibition site. The area will be linked by a new pedestrian bridge also to the northern
side of the river. The development will create a contiguous Southbank river frontage – the last, and most crucial, urban renewal of the Yarra’s edge, linking the South Bank
to Docklands.

! The new Convention Centre will deliver the world’s first six green star rated convention centre, underpinned by an above-brief investment in black water treatment and water conservation.

! It will be an elegant and iconic triangular building – a major architectural statement for Melbourne, enhancing its reputation for built form design excellence.

! Three entry points lead delegates into the building itself, foyers are visually linked to the outdoor public spaces and wrap around the circumference of the 5000-seat auditorium without interrupting operational efficiency. Expansive glass facades provide for visual connection to the CBD.
! Double height circulation voids adjacent to the north façade also create visual connectivity between floors - a sense of space and volume.
! All services, including arrival and handling of goods occur out-of-sight at basement level.
! The interior finish of timber clad wall components and the inclusion of a feature ceiling create an ambience of the highest international standing.
! The Plenary Hall’s fanned-shape design and seating rakes result in 100% of delegates achieving an unobstructed view of proceedings, no matter what the convention mode. This will be the world’s first 5000 seat facility to achieve this.
! The Gala seating system is without question the world’s leading-edge technology in achieving limitless flexibility in seating configurations providing the greatest speed and operational efficiency in event change over.
! Active pedestrian promenades and a number of public forecourts link the convention centre’s three major entry points to the broader retail, hotel and restaurant facilities.
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The Hilton Hotel will be 12 storeys high.

More info:

- The Precinct -

The Multiplex-Plenary Consortium was established by Plenary Group in 2004 to bid for Melbourne’s landmark Convention Centre.

! This is a $1 billion integrated mixed-use precinct investment that will create a contiguous Southbank river frontage – the last, and most crucial, urban renewal of
the Yarra’s edge, linking the south bank to Docklands.

! The total Precinct development delivers much more than just the base...
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The deign matches the exhibition centre nicely. Remember that the glass wall facing the Yarra is 18 metres high and the roof is 25 metres high, so from ground level it will look pretty awesome.

Also the big car cark park out the back is where the extension of the Exhibition Centre will go so it won't be a crappy car park for that long.

The best thing I heard on the news was the guy from the Multiplex-Plenary Consortium saying that they are commited to building the whole lot in a single stage of construction, unlike Southern Cross Station where we could be waiting years fro the commercial, hotel and residential towers.
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The deign matches the exhibition centre nicely. Remember that the glass wall facing the Yarra is 18 metres high and the roof is 25 metres high, so from ground level it will look pretty awesome.

Also the big car cark park out the back is where the extension of the Exhibition Centre will go so it won't be a crappy car park for that long.

The best thing I heard on the news was the guy from the Multiplex-Plenary Consortium saying that they are commited to building the whole lot in a single...
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The car park is for the future expansion of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and a possible extra tower :)
The car park is for the future expansion of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and a possible extra tower :)
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Here is how the site used to look:
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Here is how the site used to look:
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This will easily be the largest and the best convention centre in Australia and will be fully intergrated with the largest and the best exhibition centre in Austrlia.

It is not supposed to be an iconic building for the arts, it is a money making machine for Melbourne and will look better than every other convention centre/exhibition centre in Australia.

If you want to see iconic architecture all you will have to do it take a short walk across to southabnk and you will come across this:



and this:


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This will easily be the largest and the best convention centre in Australia and will be fully intergrated with the largest and the best exhibition centre in Austrlia.

It is not supposed to be an iconic building for the arts, it is a money making machine for Melbourne and will look better than every other convention centre/exhibition centre in Australia.

If you want to see iconic architecture all you will have to do it take a short walk across to southabnk and you will come across this...
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The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre Project is smack-in-jaw stunning.

Look at the recently constructed Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth convention centres and you will see that although all of them are nice buildings none of them are anywhere near smack-in-jaw stunning.

All of Melbourne's public buildings usually end up being better than any other in the country but for some reason we expect every new public buildings to be the next Opera House.
The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre Project is smack-in-jaw stunning.

Look at the recently constructed Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth convention centres and you will see that although all of them are nice buildings none of them are anywhere near smack-in-jaw stunning.

All of Melbourne's public buildings usually end up being better than any other in the country but for some reason we expect every new public buildings to be the next Opera House.
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John Denton is the state architect and had input into this decision and will assist in refining the design, so you would presume he is OK with it.
John Denton is the state architect and had input into this decision and will assist in refining the design, so you would presume he is OK with it.
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Yes it does, there are only 40 apartments, so they should easily be able to sell that many apartments in such a fantastic location.

A journalist at the launch asked if it would end up like Southern Cross with the design watered down and the residential and commerical components built years later and the guy from Plenary Group basically siad there is no way that will happen.
Bluestar said:
Question: the word was earlier that the entire development was going to go up at about the same time; surely this does not include the residential towers?
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Yes it does, there are only 40 apartments, so they should easily be able to sell that many apartments in such a fantastic location.

A journalist at the launch asked if it would end up like Southern Cross with the design watered down and the residential and commerical components built years later and the guy from Plenary Group basically siad there is no way that will happen.
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Question: the word was earlier that the entire development was going to go up at about the same time...
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