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As the finishing touches are added to 80 Collins Street South at ground level, a handful of brave souls are giving us our first look at a clean facade.









Paragon, by Crz.

405 Bourke stretches a block from Little Collins to Bourke.





Melbourne Grand (on the left), 198m.



Unilodge, 478 Elizabeth.

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Palladium, Southbank has Level 14 exposed on the core.

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Home Southbank, our largest Build-to Rent, has its first cladding.

 

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The site for Meriton's first Melbourne tower, a 188m apartment hotel, has almost been cleared. The big question now: is Harry brave enough to proceed, given the current situation?



Central Equity is ploughing ahead with its 166m tower, Focus, in City Road, Southbank. A piler started work this week.



Charter Hall's 152m office, at 555 Collins, is close to decision time too, with the major demolition of Enterprise House almost complete.



Scape Franklin, a 175m student tower, is elbowing its way into the crowded northern skyline.

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Home Southbank, 198m, is climbing steaadily.

 

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I find the new forum layout less user friendly.




 

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I find the new forum layout less user friendly.

I'm gradually getting used to it e.g. using "Quote", but my main objection remains that photos displays are too small. It's tedious expanding and contracting every pic posted, so I tend to scroll past, which means I'm not getting the full impact. One plus I've discovered is posting an article from, say, UrbanDeveloper, finds that the photos in the article are automatically embedded. Good one, whoever designed the new site.
 

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stage 1 DA amended was lodged today on nsw planning
Mirvacs 40storey/150m office tower over retail podium
looks great, they set to start 2021
 

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Office or apartments?

Major Darling Harbour redevelopment revised
NEWS | Editorial Desk AAU
2 Apr 2020
Harbourside Shopping Centre Redevelopment concept proposal by FJMT and Aspect Studios.
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Harbourside Shopping Centre Redevelopment concept proposal by FJMT and Aspect Studios.


Developer Mirvac has revised its plans to redevelop the Harbourside Shopping Centre in Darling Harbour, submitting a new concept proposal for a redevelopment designed by FJMT and Aspect Studios to the NSW Government.
The project would include the demolition of the existing centre, to be replaced with a new shopping centre and a 153-metre tower containing 357 apartments.
The proposal to construct a large tower on the site was first put forward in late 2016. It attracted some criticism from planners at the City of Sydney for its scale relative to the harbour, the heritage-listed Pyrmont Bridge and the adjacent International Convention Centre.
In the original concept proposal, the tower was located to the north, close to the bridge. In the amended proposal, the tower has been moved further away from the bridge, increasing the setback from 50 metres to 135 metres. The project’s proponents say the move effectively removes “any visual relationship between the new tower and the heritage listed Pyrmont Bridge, therefore maintaining the heritage significance of the bridge.”

The height of the tower has been reduced by 12.6 metres, from 166.3 metres to 153.75 metres.
The council previously questioned whether an injection of new apartments at Darling Harbour would be necessary. The proposal’s response is that the residential component will “guarantee that the redevelopment supports a truly mixed-use precinct,” with the apartments located close to jobs and nearby tourism and retail precincts.
The redevelopment of Harbourside Shopping Centre is located across the bay from another major tower development, Cockle Bay Park by Henning Larsen and McGregor Coxall.
Architect Philip Cox has also raised concerns over the cumulative effect of the developments in Darling Harbour, which he believes “will reduce the urban amenity for Sydney.”
The proposal was advanced to the second stage of NSW’s Unsolicited Proposals process for State Significant Developments. The Unsolicited Proposal process is separate to the necessary planning approvals the proponents would be required to acquire.

 

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PLANNINGDINAH LEWIS BOUCHERSUN 05 APR 20
Mirvac Adds 357 Apartments to $1bn Darling Harbour Plans
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Mirvac has revised plans for the billion-dollar redevelopment of the Harbourside Shopping Centre to include 357 apartments in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
The revised plans, which include a FJMT-designed tower comprising residential, have caused angst from neighbouring Sofitel Darling Harbour owner Jerry Schwartz.
Mirvac re-lodged its plans for the site in 2019, proposing a commercial office above the redeveloped shopping centre.
But hotel owner and developer Schwartz has hit back saying Mirvac’s latest proposal in favour of “a massive residential tower” should be rejected.
▲Top: Mirvac's amended Darling Harbour design. Bottom Mirvac's original design.

▲ Top: Mirvac's amended design includes a relocation of the tower and a reduction of 12.6 metres in height. Bottom Mirvac's original design

The established shopping centre has been located within Sydney’s popular harbour precinct for more than 30 years.
Mirvac, who were contacted for commentary, originally purchased the property for $252 million in 2013.
New plans lodged this month show the relocation of the tower from the north of the site to its centre.
While the tower's height is reduced from 166 metres to 153 metres, with its footprint increased in width to accommodate the floorspace from the tower's height reduction.
Planning documents show that Mirvac has “identified an opportunity to reinvigorate the existing asset” to deliver a mixed use precinct that provides “retail, food and beverage offerings as well as commercial office space and residential dwellings”.
“The proposed delivery of around 357 dwellings on the doorstep of the Harbour CBD and within the Innovation Corridor will provide a significant boost to supply,” planning documents read.
▲Mirvac's Harbourside Shopping Centre proposal Darling Harbour Sydney

▲Top: The Harbourside Shopping Centre proposal also includes a widened waterfront promenade. Existing area.

Schwartz said the plans go against the urban design concept of Darling Harbour, “which is meant to be a tourism and entertainment precinct and not residential”, Schwartz said.
Schwartz, who paid around $360 million for the Sofitel Darling Harbour hotel in 2017, said Sydney city was “already well serviced” by large-scale high to medium-density apartment developments.
“The whole point of the original proposal was to ‘re-develop’ the Harbourside shopping centre, not develop a massive residential tower under the guise of redeveloping the existing shopping component,” Schwartz said.
▲ The vision for the Western Harbour Precinct

▲ Mirvac's proposal sits within the vision for the Western Harbour Precinct.Committee for Sydney

“When I bought the Sofitel, there was a condition that no building would be built on the Harbourside site for 15 years,” Schwartz said.
“Clearly, the Mirvac proposal is in direct contravention of that condition.”
On purchasing the property, Mirvac managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said Harbourside had “a lot of potential”.
“Mirvac remains committed to taking a holistic and place-based approach to the revitalisation of Harbourside,” the ASX company said in its planning proposal.
Deemed a state significant development, Mirvac’s redevelopment proposal is on public exhibition until 29 April.
Earlier this month, GPT and AMP Capital's $650 million redevelopment at Cockle Bay Wharf announced its winning architect, Danish firm Henning Larsen for the urban park scheme.

 

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PLANNINGDINAH LEWIS BOUCHERSUN 05 APR 20
Mirvac Adds 357 Apartments to $1bn Darling Harbour Plans
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Schwartz said the plans go against the urban design concept of Darling Harbour, “which is meant to be a tourism and entertainment precinct and not residential”, Schwartz said.
Schwartz, who paid around $360 million for the Sofitel Darling Harbour hotel in 2017, said Sydney city was “already well serviced” by large-scale high to medium-density apartment developments.
“The whole point of the original proposal was to ‘re-develop’ the Harbourside shopping centre, not develop a massive residential tower under the guise of redeveloping the existing shopping component,” Schwartz said.

“When I bought the Sofitel, there was a condition that no building would be built on the Harbourside site for 15 years,” Schwartz said.
“Clearly, the Mirvac proposal is in direct contravention of that condition.”

On purchasing the property, Mirvac managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz said Harbourside had “a lot of potential”.
“Mirvac remains committed to taking a holistic and place-based approach to the revitalisation of Harbourside,” the ASX company said in its planning proposal.
Deemed a state significant development, Mirvac’s redevelopment proposal is on public exhibition until 29 April.
Earlier this month, GPT and AMP Capital's $650 million redevelopment at Cockle Bay Wharf announced its winning architect, Danish firm Henning Larsen for the urban park scheme.

I wonder who was responsible for upholding that condition - only the vendor can agree to that sort of thing, and the vendor was Lendlease, not Mirvac (who have owned Harbouside since 2013). You can't guarantee conditions outside of your sphere of control, so unless Lendlease had some contractual agreement with Mirvac it doesn't sound like an enforceable condition.
 

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I wonder who was responsible for upholding that condition - only the vendor can agree to that sort of thing, and the vendor was Lendlease, not Mirvac (who have owned Harbouside since 2013). You can't guarantee conditions outside of your sphere of control, so unless Lendlease had some contractual agreement with Mirvac it doesn't sound like an enforceable condition.
You can if there is a clause in the sales contract similar to a covenant. Another example of office sites going back to residential one's. We have had one of a similar size do that in Melbourne this week. Office demand is shot to bits.
 
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