Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height

Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height
Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height

Another station precinct development authorised by VicTrack has slipped into construction mode.

Piling works have begun on the southern building adjacent to Jewell railway station, which is part of a development backed by Neometro that will deliver approximately 120 new apartments metres away from a refurbished station and concourse. The southern building will eventually front both Barkly Street and the station forecourt.

The MA Architects-designed Barkly Street building will rise eight levels and include over 70 apartments and a green rooftop area. 

Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height
Jewell Station's southern building is under construction. Image: NeoMetero

Its move to construction has also seen the apartments within the second building dubbed 17 Union Street released for sale. BKK Architects are responsible for the design of the Union Street building, in addition to acting as master-planners for the entire precinct.

According to the architecture practice, VicTrack were swayed in the direction of their submission for the station precinct renewal due to their design led solution which incorporated the latest in community consultation, sustainable practices, integrated living and adaptability.

According to VicTrack Jewell station's upgrade will also be delivered as part of the initial build.

Meanwhile, Ormond Station's redevelopment is back on the agenda as developer DealCorp seeks to placate authorities in a bid to have the multi-level apartment project revived. Architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke originally devised a 13 storey tower for site.

Following the removal of a level crossing on North Road, the development of this land and airspace will capture value within the site, making it possible for the delivery of key public infrastructure. Secondly it will serve as a link between the two existing retail precincts flanking the train line, generating an expanded offering and improved experience for local shoppers as well as better commercial opportunities for the current tenancies.

Thirdly, it will introduce a quality apartment style product into this established residential community with a more affordable entry point into the market.

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Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height
Ormond Station's initial 13 storey design. Image: ClarkeHopkinsClarke

The Victorian Parliament didn't see the project in the same light, electing to vote down the development primarily due to its height.

Earlier this month, The Age reported that DealCorp's intentions for the development were back on track, albeit minus three levels. Owned by VicTrack, the site is now likely to host a ten level mixed-use building consisting primarily of apartments, with a full line supermarket, specialty retailers, bike share facilities and civic plaza included.

After holding positive talks with the state opposition, DealCorp will likely submit revised plans to the Level-Crossing Removal Authority for Ormond Place later this month.

Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height
Ormond Station's low-rise component. Image: ClarkeHopkinsClarke
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