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Primal Beauty's picture

Much nicer!!!

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Windows within glass walls. I quite like the look of that.

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3000's picture

Thumbs up from me.

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Tim Gurner to develop St Kilda hotel into $550 million apartment complex

Prolific Melbourne developer Tim Gurner has inked a deal to develop a beachside St Kilda hotel into a $550 million luxury apartment complex.

The sprawling Novotel hotel on The Esplanade will next year be demolished to make way for the new residential project.

The announcement comes after the 6000-square metre site was withdrawn from sale earlier this year amid rumoured offers above $110 million.

The owner of the site, Barana Group, had already secured a permit for 240 apartments and 360 car parks set over eight levels.

But Mr Gurner, recently estimated to be worth $574 million in the Financial Review Rich List, plans to amend the design to instead offer only 130 larger apartments.

“Prices will range from $1 million to $15 million for most of the offerings,” he said. Three or four penthouses would sell for up to $30 million, he added.

There are also plans to include a high-end restaurant and bar in the building.

“Our vision will be to create an ultra-luxury experience encapsulating six-star resort service and amenity to rival the best hotels in the world, delivered within a residential setting,” Mr Gurner said.

His company, Gurner, has strategically focused on the luxury apartment market in Melbourne, driven by strong demand among wealthy downsizers. It has recorded a combined $200 million in sales in two developments in South Melbourne and Prahran.


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Peter Maltezos's picture

I'm so glad that Novotel Hotel will be demolished, post modernism at its worst.

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Tim Gurner will redevelop the St Kilda site currently occupied by the Novotel. Photo: Eddie Jim

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St Kilda Junction apartment tower to hit market with new, ‘organic’ design

A controversial development in St Kilda Junction will go ahead with a fresh design aimed at alleviating community concerns about its impact.

But critics of the project still hold a lingering resentment toward the approval of the building and VCAT’s involvement in the process.

One Wellington (known as One St Kilda Junction at the time of approval) was rejected by the Port Phillip Council in 2016, because the 26-storey tower (now 25 storeys) was 16 floors higher than the area’s limit.

VCAT later approved the project. The developer then sold the site to LAS Property Group, which has reworked the design with the help of KPDO architects.

As the project gears up to begin selling within the next few weeks, spokesmen for LAS and KPDO said the new design was more sympathetic to the area and should be more palatable to locals. Renders of the new look were not available.

“We thought: ‘How do we soften this building?’ We wanted it to be noticeable in the skyline but we wanted it to be quite soft,” KPDO director Stephen Javens said. “We had a really good working relationship with the council and we had really positive experience working with the objectors.


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The latest chapter

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The sheikh, the planning minister and the Port Melbourne land battle

A Kuwaiti sheikh is taking Victoria's planning minister to the Supreme Court after the minister was persuaded to intervene in a Port Melbourne property dispute by the state’s ports corporation and the operators of the Spirit of Tasmania.

Last month, Planning Minister Richard Wynne intervened at the last minute to stop a state tribunal hearing on a plan by Kuwaiti sheikh Mubarak al-Sabah to build an apartment complex on a huge site opposite Station Pier, where the Spirit of Tasmania and international cruise ships dock.

Sheikh Mubarak bought the site more than a decade ago and it has lain derelict ever since.

Mr Wynne is believed to have taken advice from the operators of the Spirit of Tasmania and the state’s ports corporation before making a last-minute move to take over decision making on the sheikh's controversial apartment tower plans.


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Mark Baljak's picture

first full render of 1 Wellington

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Michael Berquez's picture

How uninspiring

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

How is this design more sympathetic to the area?

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