1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds

1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds
Mark BaljakMarch 11, 2016

Albert Road is currently subject to a mini wave of apartment projects as developers seek to cash in on the already popular residential sub precinct.

Split between South Melbourne 3205 and Melbourne 3004, Albert Road and the immediate block either side sees no less than nine separate apartment developments in the works, with the smallest project sporting 50 dwellings.

The progressive morphing of Albert Road begins with detached single dwelling blocks at its westerly edge and transforms into a mini high-rise enclave toward St Kilda Road, or what will become Domain Station/Interchange.

Overall the nine projects highlighted below look set to add as many as 1,060 new apartments into the area, with none yet to advance to construction.

Largest of the lot

Gurner's latest residential development landed with City of Port Phillip during November, with its current status listed as at appeal.

The work of Elenberg Fraser, 7 Bowen Crescent is expected to accommodate approximately 200 apartments on a triangular site which is now a distinctively angular low-rise commercial building.

A more recent application comes in the form of a conversion of the current multi-level car park found at 2 Bowen Crescent. Chinese-backed Wuzhong Albert Pty Ltd is behind the $67 million scheme, with Plus Architecture handling the design.

At a height of 65 metres, the proposal calls for 214 apartments, 206 car parking spaces and 697 square metres of retail space.

1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds
Bowen Crescent is set for change 

Kavellaris influence

Kavellaris Urban Design are responsible for two recent planning applications. 

159 Eastern Road is subject to a residential proposal on behalf of Le Tet Property Group Pty Ltd which is both the owner and prospective developer of the land. 78 apartments are included over the 12 level building which features a distinctive facade highlighted by perforated metal screens.

Another project at 180 Albert Road is Sydney-based AUSWIN TWT's first Melbourne development. Dubbed New Life Melbourne, the glass-clad building incorporates 101 apartments above two retail spaces, with 23 three bedroom dwellings set over the upper levels.

Submitted to City of Port Phillip during November, the current status of 180 Albert Road is listed as at appeal.

1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds
159 Eastern Road and 180 Albert Road

Off Albert and on the radar

Three smaller apartment  projects are found off Albert Road within South Melbourne, headed by Gurner's at sales 74 Eastern Road. Elenberg Fraser feature once again as the design lead with 85 apartments set to be created.

Likewise Lakehouse Apartments on Palmerston Crescent is also available for purchase.

Developer Enshine Property is championing the project with Lakehouse representing their first Melbourne endeavour following extensive property experience within China's Shanxi region.

Palmerston Crescent also plays host to Carter Group's intended residential pursuit. Plus Architecture created the project at 61-65 Palmerston Crescent which has been at planning for the best part of 19 months. 50 apartments are expected within the 13 level project.

1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds
South Melbourne is set to gain some additons

Elenberg Fraser double up

Covered during early 2015, Elenberg Fraser's back to back residential towers have met differing planning outcomes.

The curvy 13-21 Palmerston Crescent ultimately found success via a trip to VCAT, with listed developer Round Bay Pty Ltd now free to proceed with the next phase of the development process. Included within the tower are near on 200 apartments set above ground floor commercial and retail spaces.

Not so fortunate was 28-32 Albert Road. Submitted at the same time as 13-21 Palmerston Crescent, it has gone back to planning with a revised scheme before City of Port Phillip.

Now more angular in appearance, the tower has also been revised from an initial 146 apartments down to 72, split almost evenly between two and three bedroom apartments. Evidently developer Lintime Pty Ltd has repositioned the proposal to capture the luxury apartment buyer.

1000 new apartments set for Albert Road and surrounds
Elenberg Fraser's proposed and approved additions

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of Urban.com.au. He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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