James Packer's Crown seeks Melbourne's tallest highrise

James Packer's Crown seeks Melbourne's tallest highrise
James Packer's Crown seeks Melbourne's tallest highrise

One of Australia's richest men, James Packer, wants to build the nation's tallest building next to his Melbourne casino.

The $1.5 billion hotel and apartment complex includes plans for a 90-level tower that will rise to 323 metres, eclipsing the nearby Australia 108-apartment tower at 319 metres that is under construction. 

Crown and its joint venture partner Schiavello Group have lodged plans for the Queensbridge Hotel Tower project, which includes a six-star hotel of 388 rooms and 708 apartments.

Crown's application has been received by Victoria's the Emerald who has recently taken a firm hand to curtail over-development of sites, including in the Southbank area around the Crown Casino.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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