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Michael Berquez's picture
#27

Just....WOW.

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Dean's picture
#28

Looks great with the extra curved bay. Just a shame it didn't go over 300m.

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MelbourneGuy's picture
#29

This is going to be one hell of a tall precinct. Makes Darling Harbour seem somewhat diminutive.

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Amanda Jensen's picture
#30

Loved the design! Hope to see this tower built.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#31

Glass wall 60 metres wide and 276 metres high :-)

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Mark Baljak's picture
#32

SOUTHBANK | One Queensbridge Street | 1-23 Queensbridge Street | 323m | 90L | Residential

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Melbman's picture
#33

Amazing design. Build it now :)

I'm in 2 minds about that tower going up next door though, in between this and prima.Could be a good visual separation of both towers but may well also detract.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#34

If completed, it will be Australia's second tallest building to roof height. Schiavello owns the site from 1-23 Queensbridge Street.

Mr Giuliano said discussions were under way with an international group to manage the hotel.

''We relooked at the whole project and thought that it lent itself to a commercial use given its location opposite Crown Casino,'' he said. ''We're looking at starting sometime towards the middle of next year.''

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/pdg-corporation-pushes-on-wit...

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kingslanding's picture
#35
Hello all, is there any further news or updates on the status of the current application for QBT. The permit register indicates "referred" but does anyone know how close the approval is?
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Mark Baljak's picture
#36

no lead-ins are available generally so sometimes the planning minister releases a press release or it's shown as approved on the DPCD register

for what it's worth, this will get approved without fuss fairly soon i'd say

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Qantas743's picture
#37

Looks like this one is seeking approval to go 300m+! Extraordinary.

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/claims-cbd-views-at-risk-of-obst...

CITY views risk being obstructed as developers push to build “aero bridges” on top of streets across the CBD.

The latest development to cause controversy is Queensbridge Tower which residents say will ruin views and even potentially lower property values.

Developer Schiavello wants to build a high-rise taller than Eureka, Melbourne’s tallest tower, which will be part hotel, part residential apartments, and be connected above ground to Crown Casino.

Councillor Stephen Mayne, deputy chair of the planning committee, said the council strongly discouraged more aero bridges over streets.

“Melbourne’s amenity is impacted if you start blocking views by putting bridges over streets,” Cr Mayne said.

“With the aero bridge proposal linking this enormous hotel and apartment tower proposal to Crown, it becomes a de facto expansion of Melbourne’s casino precinct which is already one of the 20 largest buildings complexes in the world.”

He described Southbank as already one of the most densely developed areas in Melbourne and said “a canyon of towers opposite Crown will put more pressure” on the surrounding area.

“There is a large backlog of enormous applications piling up at the Minister’s door because he has created an expectation that it is almost anything goes for skyscrapers in the capital city zone.”

The Herald Sun understands that Schiavello is in talks with a number of companies to run the hotel.

A Crown spokesman would not confirm or deny if they were in talks with the developer but said they supported the development of the hotel and the footbridge saying it would be an asset to tourism in Victoria.

It is understood that residents at Freshwater Place, whose views could be obscured, are worried this will set a precedent for future mega buildings.

Schiavello’s application is currently lodged with the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

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melbourne's picture
#38

Had a feeling this was happening. The application was taking too long to be approved for there not to be changes happening (thought there may have been issues with setbacks which may have lead to height increase or something like that etc.). Regardless, how exciting!

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drunkill's picture
#39

Not a fan of private walkways above public streets. We want less overpasses in the city where possible, not more.

To the casino no less.

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Qantas743's picture
#40

308m apparently. Entirely new building due to acquisition of neighboring property.

Timing however is a little bit off. Don't think it will make the cut before the November election.

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Laurence Dragomir's picture
#41

Stephen Mayne alluding to a JV with Crown, on twitter.

This could potentially mean that the project of State Significance card comes into play and approval is subsequently fast tracked.

This has previously happened with Crown Metropol.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#42

Did Schiavello buy 25 Queensbridge Street?

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#43

Normally I would say that an aerobridge over Queensbridge Street would have no chance of ever getting approved but James Packer can be very convincing and any state government would love to take the credit for approving a new Crown Melbourne tower taller than the new Crown Sydney tower :-)

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Qantas743's picture
#44

Stephen Mayne is continuing his ramblings on Twitter about this one, his latest tweet labeling it the "fourth Crown Melbourne hotel".

Looks like it is Packer!

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#45

Amended plans were submitted on 30 June.

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Paul_D's picture
#46

Yes I understand The Falls site was purchased and incorporated into this? Therefore, no Falls (no loss I'm sure) and a bigger (better?) outcome here?
Time will tell...

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Fedsquared's picture
#47

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/crowns-plan-to-build-new-megat...

SOUTHBANK | One Queensbridge Street | 1-23 Queensbridge Street | 323m | 90L | Residential
SOUTHBANK | One Queensbridge Street | 1-23 Queensbridge Street | 323m | 90L | Residential

Crown’s plan to build new mega-tour angers residents

A FOURTH luxury five-star hotel — standing taller than the Eureka Tower — could be on the cards for Crown casino.

The Herald Sun can reveal the casino operator is in talks with developer Schiavello Group to run a 400-room hotel inside what would be Australia’s second-tallest building and would be connected to the casino by a translucent glass bridge.

Opponents say the new connection over Queensbridge St would set a damaging precedent, hinder privacy, block views and even potentially lower property values.

A Crown spokesman would only say the company supported the proposed tower and the footbridge, saying it would be an asset to tourism in Victoria.

In a strong sign that Crown wants the ­casino to expand, the company revealed its hotel rooms had an occupancy rate of more than 90 per cent year round.

The 84-level Queensbridge Tower would sit 8m above Eureka and contain 626 apartments, 1165 car parks and a sky lounge.
Melbourne City councillor Stephen Mayne, deputy chair of the planning committee, said the council did not want more bridges being built on top of streets.

“Melbourne’s amenity is impacted if you start blocking views,” he said.

“With the aero bridge proposal linking this enormous hotel and apartment tower proposal to Crown, it becomes a de facto expansion of Melbourne’s casino precinct which is already one of the 20 largest buildings complexes in the world.”

State Planning Minister Matthew Guy said his department was considering the permit application and would take feedback from the council.

“It’s an interesting design, it looks quite striking,” he said.

Mr Guy warned councillors not to jump the gun and “bag” the casino before they’d made a decision on the project”.

Residents at Freshwater Place, whose views could be obscured, are worried a precedent will be set for future mega-buildings. “We’ve got real concern about the height of the bridge, something this big ­deserves a lot of public debate,” local Peter Renner said.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#48

It is to be expected that no matter what is built next to Freshwater Place or even Pearl-Prima, you will get objections from the residents of said buildings.

This is a good design outcome, I expect that this proposal will get approved.

 

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Laurence Dragomir's picture
#49

Aero bridge is fairly low impact visually based on the provided render, being only a single level - unlike MC's. It isn't overly detrimental to public amenity due to it's proportions and alignment.

What it also highlights is how unpleasant Queensbridge Street is at street level. I think a condition of the permit should be a significant contribution for beautification and improvement works.

As for the tower itself I think the extruded glazed element extending up the facade interrupts the harmony of the design somewhat.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#50

sure makes prima look small

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Adam Ford's picture
#51

I love that the Hun can't spell the word tower. I mean, y'know, it's only the article HEADLINE, why sweat the small stuff?

And no to any pedestrian footbridge anywhere. Ever again. Even the magical invisible one rendered here. But this is one sleek mofo of a tower!

Why C of M keeps whingeing about height in Southbank when they have basically failed to do ANY landscaping of any of the main thoroughfares makes you wonder about priorities.

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