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SOUTHBANK | 135 Sturt Street | 18L | 58m | Residential

Mark Baljak's picture

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Melbourne Muse's picture

Height looks to be around 120m?? Shrine is around 5 blocks away from this site as the crow flies. Have they done their shadowing modeling?

Marvelous Mega-Melbourne

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Adam Ford's picture

That's also three times the height limit for sturt street. Although I'm unclear if former discretionary heights are now mandatory here???

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

There is now a 40m mandatory height control (previously discretionary). This application was submitted before the new mandatory requirements were introduced.

Here is what the 2012 planning panel had to say about this site and mandatory height controls:

The submission of Hayball Architects used indicative plans for the proposed redevelopment of 117‐135 Sturt Street to illustrate what they saw as the Amendment’s unnecessary and conflicting constraints on the regeneration of Sturt Street. The Panel notes that the artists impression in the Southbank Structure Plan 2010 demonstrates how seamlessly a building such as the Hayball proposal might be accommodated.    Apart from the many positive urban design aspects of the building, other factors such as its relationship with the Malthouse Theatre, its through‐site laneway and its creation of a community and arts focal point (or heart) were evident to the Panel.  To deny a potentially innovative and site responsive outcome such as this for the sake of observing a strict rule book would be a lost opportunity in the opinion of the Panel.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

Having said that the panel was looking at a ~80m high proposal. The community benefits of this proposal may get them up to 100m if they are lucky but it won't get 134m approved on that site.

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Andrew Mck's picture

That's a real shame
It's a great looking building that could take away some of the ugliness that those earlier townhouse style buildings create.

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3000's picture

Inthink this isn't a bad outcome.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Evolve Development sticks to Southbank for apartments

Evolve Development, led by rich-lister Ashley Williams, is planning another apartment project in Melbourne’s busy city fringe, snapping up a Southbank site with the hope of attracting owner-occupiers.

The developer has slapped a caveat on a development site at 135 Sturt Street, which industry sources are tipping has a purchase price in the mid to high $20 million range.

The broader Melbourne unit market is faced with a wave of new supply and rising imposts for local and foreign investors, while banks have clamped down on lending to investors amid regulatory pressure, prompting developers to shift to owner-occupier products.

Although Mr Williams said the Melbourne apartment market was “relatively subdued” at present, he shrugged off suggestions that too many developments were coming online.

“I think the fundamentals are still very solid, very good — very low vacancy rates,” he told The Australian. “There’s obviously still strong demand for well-­located, high-amenity apartments … There’s fewer and fewer sites that are suitable.”

The purchase is aimed at the next cycle, with Mr Williams tipping market conditions and buyer confidence would improve through next year into 2020.

Mr Williams hoped the north-facing aspect of the site would ­appeal to buyers as it had for the group’s previous projects nearby.

The developer completed the 21-level The Guilfoyle apartments in 2013 and is now working on the Botanic Melbourne project in the same precinct.


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