Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist
Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Malaysian property developer UEM Sunrise Berhad has started construction of Conservatory, a 446-apartment project in Melbourne that will reflect the importance of the archaeological finds from the site.

Digging at the 9-23 McKenzie Street site uncovered over 250,000 artefacts in the former Mistletoe Hotel dating back to 1855.

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Treasures from Melbourne’s Gold Rush era such as a gold nugget, early silver coins, Rising Sun military badges and other artefacts were recovered. The excavation was carried out by consultants TerraCulture Pty Ltd.

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Jeremy Smith, principal archaeologist at Heritage Victoria, emphasised the importance of the excavation in unravelling a piece of Melbourne’s history.  

“These items signify the influx of wealth coming into Melbourne during the time of European settlement and the gold rush. We are incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to uncover these artefacts.” 

The $330 million Conservatory is UEM Sunrise Berhad’s second project in Melbourne and will comprise 446 units of one, two and three-bedroom residences on 42 levels. It will also have three levels of residential facilities including a pool, gym, private cinema and jacuzzi. 

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Its first was Aurora Melbourne Central.

Hickory Group Pty Ltd (Hickory) has been appointed the builder for Conservatory, with construction expected to be completed by end 2018. Ninety percent apartments have been sold to date.

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

UEM Sunrise Chief Operating Officer (Commercial), Raymond Cheah, said “It is fitting that Conservatory’s history is rooted in the opulent Gold Rush era – positioned next to the lush Carlton Gardens. This project epitomises luxury, park-side living with its quality interiors and all the finer things in life such as a private jacuzzi, observation skydeck, private cinema and golf simulator.” 

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

Conservatory is nestled between the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

Taking inspiration from the park, the exterior of Conservatory will resemble an elegant glasshouse, designed by Cox Architecture Pty Ltd, that will change colours with the seasons.

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

In paying homage to the site’s history, builder Hickory will incorporate some of the bluestone uncovered in the excavation into the building as a permanently installed piece of art, as well as display cases to showcase the selection of findings in Conservatory’s lobby. 

Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

“Conservatory will no doubt be an amazing place to live, even more so knowing that we are all contributing to the next chapter of the area’s already rich history,” said Michael Argyrou, Hickory’s managing director.  

 Construction starts on Conservatory, an apartment project with archaeological twist

 

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