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CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

Mark Baljak's picture

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One of the best tower applications i've seen, should get approved easily.

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Dean's picture

It's certainly a fat bastard.

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melbourne's picture

I love it

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Bronteboy's picture

I think Daryl Jackson's have excelled themselves here, particularly as a response to the limitations of the site. The thing is they have differentiated the high rise so well from the surrounding commercial buildings and apartments towers. Both elegant and appealing - assuming all goes well, it could just be the best-looking new building in the CBD IMO.

I've been thinking on this building for the past 24 hours and just get more pleased about it. It's a ripper!

onwards and upwards

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Laurence Dragomir's picture

Cheers Matt and welcome aboard.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

additional images @ http://office-for-collective-design.com/#DESIGN-JA

Awesome, thanks - and as above, welcome!

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Mark Baljak's picture


A whole new storey or two for old clinic

July 5, 2013

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/a-whole-new-storey-or-two-for-old-clin...

The site of a historic women's venereal disease clinic in Little Lonsdale Street will be reborn as a 32-storey ''vertical campus'' for Victoria University, the latest tower proposal approved by the state government.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the redevelopment, expected to cost about $100 million, would enable more than 25,000 students to attend the university, and was in keeping with the heritage value of the site.

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Chris Peska's picture

Great news! Certainly going to add a bit of foot traffic to the area and really add to the skyline! Awesome :)

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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Glennwilson's picture

You'd have to say that blanking out the Brady Apt eastern wall is the best outcome!

Shame about the loss of their views though...:)

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Bronteboy's picture

Hooray. This building is almost as handsome as me!

onwards and upwards

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@Melbourne_3000's picture

Gosh guys I don't know about this one.
Seems a bit ugly to me.
However, great for the Uni to be getting a new building.

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Rohan Storey's picture

Any news on this one ?


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Mark Baljak's picture

It'd just about due for a permit extension I'm guessing

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Mark Baljak's picture

Test rig onsite, maybe this one might come through yet

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pdoff's picture

oh.. yes please!

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Les Whyte's picture

I was recently thinking why we have not heard anything about the VU tower, and wondering if this was either cancelled or still going ahead.

I sure like the look and design of the VU tower and now that there is a test rig onsite, it is about to finally get underway let’s hope so yes please build it.

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melbourne's picture

This has gone out to tender

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3000's picture

This looks like a gaming PC. I am interested in some more renders

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Mark Baljak's picture

Ivory tower is $400m in property gold for ISPT

Super fund investor and developer ISPT has emerged as the frontrunner to take up a $400 million project quietly being put together in the centre of Melbourne by Victoria University.

The university's ambitious plan has been taking shape for some time now.

Victoria University has submitted development proposals on both sites for major towers that would rise beside the heritage buildings, close to the courts and the former Royal Mint.

One of the proposals, for a 32-storey tower with 43,000 sq m of space on Little Lonsdale Street, was approved in 2013, then given an extension of time at the end of last year.

The second is a spectacular cantilevered building rising above the land titles office, The 17-level tower design by John Wardle Architects was submitted just before Christmas.

ISPT is understood to be in pole position to take the project, from a shortlist that included listed fund manager Charter Hall and infrastructure investment firm Plenary.

It is understood the deal could have elements of a mini-PPP style project, with the university becoming a long-term tenant in at least one of the two towers.

That would fulfil the uni's long-held desire to consolidate its city campuses into one shining educational facility.


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Wesley Z's picture

Hi folks, I dun think this building gonna been built, probably just a blueprint. Already 5 years since it was approved, nothing happened until now. Even no further news on uni website

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melbourne's picture

Did this site get sold off?

Doubt this design is going ahead as it says unbuilt, but site says EOI for Flagship Property Holdings and Plenary Group - 288m (Plus Architecture).

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use


Melbourne CBD, Australia

Residential area = 41, 314 sqm

Total Apartments = 510

333 Studio Student Accom; area = 7066sqm

Total Height = 288 metres

Number of floors = 93

Client: Higher Futures – (Flagship Property Holdings and Plenary Group)

Status: EOI Submission

A daring collaboration between Plus Architecture, WATPAC, WSP and Robert Bird, Project X seeks to morph and extrude vertically, a symbolic representation of a laneway. Calling on symbolism from the Wurundjeri culture, the building holds organic form influenced by the organic shapes of Manna Gum bark.

The geometric, masonary podium form contrasting a light, sharp and shining tower relates directly to key points of the surrounding streetscape and heritage buildings.

A bustling vertical neighbourhood in the northern extremities of Melbourne’s legal district by day, a landmark beacon of light at night.

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I always did like the sci-fi looking VU tower concept but I'll gladly take this instead if it is true.

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redden's picture

It is the Daryl Jackson design, with equipment already on site for a start on demo next month, and Probuild has the build contract.

David Mousa
Wed 21 Nov 18
ISPT Announce Construction Contractor for $200 Million Vertical Campus

Developer ISPT has announced construction giant Probuild as the head contractor for the upcoming Victoria University City West Tower.
Expected to cost in excess of $200 million, the 24,000sq m campus will be a joint venture between ISPT, Victoria University (VU) and the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
Probuild will now lead the contract after the recent successful delivery of 271 Spring Street, another of ISPT’s developments.
According to Probuild’s Victorian managing director Luke Stambolis, they are excited to re-enter the university sector and take on their first vertical education campus.
“We’re looking forward to adapting our industry-leading expertise in high-rises to suit education needs,” Stambolis said.
“Victoria University is expanding their CBD presence in order to provide industry-best learning spaces and attract the very best students.”
“Probuild is excited to be working alongside ISPT to deliver the next generation in University development.”
Related: ISPT to Develop 32-Storey Vertical Campus in Melbourne's CBD

Probuild has signed the head contract for the design and construction of Victoria University’s City West Tower with developer ISPT, what will be Melbourne’s tallest vertical campus.
Image: Daryl Jackson Architects

ISPT’s senior development manager Jason Lourensz also expressed the developer's excitement to be working with Probuild again and what the campus will do for education in Melbourne’s CBD.
“Once complete, the tower will anchor this burgeoning knowledge precinct and add to the growing portfolio of properties delivered by ISPT as the sole developer and long-term owner,” Lourensz said.
“This project is a key addition to our development workbook and represents an important extension of our investment into the education sector.”
Demolition works on the site are scheduled to commence in December this year with a projected completion date of late 2021 in time for the 2022 academic year.


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redden's picture

Demo in full swing.

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

CBD | VU Tower | 364-378 Lt Lonsdale | 30L | 135m | Mixed Use

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Aussie Steve's picture

Very sad indeed

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