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Council House 1 Civic Precinct

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Melbourne Council unveils plans for new CBD 'landmark'
4 December 2018 — 6:30pm Sumeyya Ilanbey

An artist's impression of the new civic precinct. CREDIT:MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL

The City of Melbourne will consider a behemoth redevelopment project designed to rejuvenate almost an entire CBD block, with ambitious plans for it to become the city's most sustainable urban landmark.

The $232 million plan, which councillors will vote on at a council meeting next Monday, proposes to knock down the 50-year-old Council House 1 on Little Collins Street and surrounding buildings, while restoring the adjoining heritage-listed Commonwealth Bank building, to create a new civic precinct.

The 10-storey precinct, at the corner of Bourke Street and Little Collins Street, will feature retail spaces, laneways, commercial office spaces and publicly accessible rooftops. A third of the build will be used by council staff for office space.

Sustainability will be at the core of the project, with a focus on achieving a six-star "green star" rating through installing solar panels, reusing storm water and aiming for carbon neutrality, according to council documents.

An artist's impression of how the refurbished Commonwealth Bank Building would appear from the street.

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