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Melbourne has just had its own disappointing news. Not on the scale of Sydney's Ritz Carlton, but still noteworthy, in that our first Zaha Hadid tower, Mayfair, at 412 St Kilda Road, is dead in the water. UEM Sunrise, developers of Aurora, have decided to sell the site, after sales only reached 40%. The existing building will probably be refurbished for office space. It was a major police centre, until recently. Melbourne still has another Hadid building pending i.e. 600 Collins Street, which has good prospects, as they've signed up the Mandarin Oriental group.

This is now 100% Happening :banana::banana:

Hands down one the best looking buildings ive seen in loooooong time

MANDARIN ORIENTAL TO OPEN ITS FIRST HOTEL & RESIDENCE PROPERTY IN AUSTRALIA

TUE, 27/06/2017 - 13:30 ALASTAIR TAYLOR
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https://urban.melbourne/development/2017/06/27/mandarin-oriental-open-its-first-hotel-residence-property-australia
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new hotel and branded residences to be located in the late Dame Zaha Hadid-designed 582-606 (600) Collins Street. Planning permits were signed off by the Minister on the 20th of June.

The building will be will include 196 guestrooms and suites over the lower floors and the upper floors will be known as the Residences at Mandarin Oriental. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel group will manage the 148 residences.

Likewise, the build will carry 1,742sqm of office space and a hefty 6,500sqm of retail space.

Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne will feature 196 spacious, contemporary guestrooms and suites designed to reflect local culture, together with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s oriental heritage.

The Group will also manage 148 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located on the tower’s upper floors, which will provide some of the most luxurious private homes in the city. Owners will have exclusive access to the luxury hotel experience, as well as their own bespoke amenities including a private residents’ lounge.




Collins Street perspective - planning scheme images

Mandarin Oriental Melbourne as it is to be known will feature an all-day dining restaurant and a bar with a landscaped roof terrace. The building will also house several meeting spaces, an executive club lounge and a Spa at Mandarin Oriental.



The managing director of developer Landream says "we are proud to bring the award-winning Mandarin Oriental brand to Melbourne. Mandarin Oriental Melbourne will set a new standard for luxury service in the city and will offer a preferred choice to travelers and potential homeowners who desire the finest accommodation".

Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental stated "we are delighted with this opportunity to open our first hotel in Australia. This new development will be a welcome addition to the brand's growing global portfolio".

A construction start date has not been set however the Mandarin Oriental Melbourne is expected to open in 2023.













 

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A spectacular looking building, just a shame it's not in a more prominent position.
Yes, it deserves a corner site. Best angle will be from Docklands, as Liberty Tower (corner of Collins and Spencer) isn't tall. 568 Collins will steal some of 600's thunder, from the east. With the Mandarin Oriental hopefully opening in 2023, fingers crossed for a construction start next year. Demolition should be relatively easy, with the existing office building only about three levels. It will be a major disappointment if this falls over too.
 

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PDG's Elizabeth North project is off to a flying start, with the biotech leader, CSL, signing up for all 16 levels in Tower Two. Thanks tayser.

CSL named as the lead tenant for Elizabeth North, moving HQ and labs into the area.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/major-csl-move-bolsters-world-leading-parkville-precinct/

Global biotech giant CSL will move its headquarters to a purpose-built facility in the heart of the nation’s premier biomedical precinct at Parkville, securing the company’s future in Victoria.

Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings today confirmed CSL would establish a major presence in the Parkville biomedical hub, adding to the world-leading concentration of research facilities, hospitals and universities on the northern edge of Melbourne’s CBD.

These organisations will have increased opportunity to collaborate and drive innovation and commercial growth, with the biomedical sector already contributing $16.5 billion to the state’s economy each year.

CSL will occupy a 16-storey tower abutting the Haymarket roundabout at the top of Elizabeth Street, opposite the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Nine floors will be devoted to laboratories and clinical facilities.

The headquarters is due to open in 2024 with 800 workers relocating from existing campuses on Poplar Road, Parkville – near Royal Park – and Docklands. Hundreds of jobs will be created during construction.

Metro Tunnel’s Parkville station will add to transport options from 2025 and the CSL vote of confidence is expected to lead to further investment in Melbourne’s burgeoning biomedical precinct.

The Andrews Labor Government also today announced it would form a new partnership with the University of Melbourne, providing $200,000 to examine leading precinct innovation models, including those found in Boston, Tel Aviv and the MaRS Discovery District of Toronto.

Victoria’s Priority Precincts focus is on delivering jobs, development and improved liveability to key urban areas with the Victorian Budget 2019-20 containing a $25 million allocation for works and programs. Parkville is one of five declared precincts, along with Arden, Fisherman’s Bend, Sunshine and the Richmond to Docklands corridor.

From its inception in 1916 as the Commonwealth Serum Laboratory, CSL has been a consistent innovator and since privatisation in 1994 has entrenched its position as an international leader in biotechnology.

CSL operates in more than 35 countries and has more than 22,000 employees, including 2,500 in Victoria. The company’s existing Parkville campus will be retained as a production site for influenza vaccines and antivenoms while CSL’s world-class Broadmeadows manufacturing facility will continue to produce plasma products.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings

“This announcement strengthens Melbourne’s global reputation as the nation’s premier location for biomedical discoveries, commercial opportunities and innovation that creates jobs and saves lives.”

“This move secures CSL’s global headquarters for Melbourne into the foreseeable future and positions Australia’s own global biomedical leader with some of the world’s finest research and discovery talent.”

Quote attributable to CSL chief executive and managing director Paul Perreault

“This move positions CSL at the heart of Australia’s biomedical centre of excellence – Parkville is considered a world-class biotech precinct and a significant research presence in global terms.”







 

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The St Boulevard towers, 601 St Kilda Road, have some beautiful curves.







Albert Place overlooks the curve where Queens Road splits off Kingsway.

 
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