Central Equity breaks the mould: 71-87 City Road, Southbank

Central Equity breaks the mould: 71-87 City Road, Southbank
Mark BaljakOctober 6, 2015

Having secured the last of four consecutive Southbank blocks during early 2015, Central Equity have enlisted Doig Architecture to design a residential tower that strays away from the developer's typical formula for success, at least externally.

For so long, content with churning out towers of approximately 40 levels and of a generic nature, Central Equity will for the first time surpass the 200 metre barrier with a 67 level residential tower proposed for 71-87 City Road, Southbank. Further the tower will employ an irregular and highly angular floorplate with a high degree of external facade definition.

The proposal will also retain in its entirety the heritage listed building at 71-75 City Road, rather than simply facade the structure.

In a sign that Central Equity are ramping up their residential pipeline, two further planning applications on the developers behalf are active. 268-274 City Road, Southbank and 556-558 Lonsdale Street were also lodged just prior to the implementation of the new Metropolitan Planning Levy, with both projects also in excess of 200 metres.

Combined the three projects will have a development vale in excess of $500 million and deliver well over 2,000 new dwellings.

Application summary

Central Equity breaks the mould: 71-87 City Road, Southbank
Hero perspective of 71-87 City Road. Image courtesy Doig Architecture
  • Application prepared June 2015
  • Four combined sites, with frontages to City Road and Fawkner Street
  • Combined site area: 2,340sqm
  • 71-75 City Road: three storey heritage building to be retained
  • Proposed 67 level residential tower at 224.6 metres
  • 782 apartments: 297 x 1BR, 368 x 2BR, 117 x 3BR
  • 406 car parks and 414 bicycle bays included
  • Three retail tenancies: 543sqm

Street level interface

Central Equity breaks the mould: 71-87 City Road, Southbank
The podium as viewed from City Road. Image courtesy Doig Architecture

71-75 City Road which sits to one corner of the development site and is a B-grade heritage listed structure will be retained, with a setback in place from the proposed podium and tower. The three level structure will also maintain its use as a tenancy of 211sqm post development.

The tower podium will consist of a ten level edifice to the City Road site boundary, clad predominantly in bronze glazing and highlighted by metal screens which carry graphic prints. Stone and glazing will be present along City Road with only the booster housing considered inactive, while composite screening will set behind 71-75 City Road, allowing creepers to take effect.

Atop the podium extensive landscaping and communal facilities are incorporated, with greenery also a feature of the podium fronting Fawkner Street by way of planter boxes.

The irregularly shaped tower will be dominated by light grey, dark grey and bronze glazing, with setbacks to all boundaries.

The next move

As is generally the case with large planning applications, DELWP have asked for further information from the development team on issues such wind impact, general tower presentation, development breakdown and 3D modelling.

An extension of time request was recently granted allowing for the preparation of further information, suggesting that in all likelihood 71-87 City Road Southbank will gain a planning resolution well into 2016.

Development team

  • Developer: WKB Land Corporation Pty Ltd (Central Equity)
  • Architect: Doig Architecture
  • Planning and Lansdcape: ERM Australia
  • Traffic: Cardno
  • Acoustic: SLR
  • Wind Environment: Windtech
  • Waste Management: Leigh Design
  • Heritage response: Heritage Alliance
  • Aviation Assessment: Rehbein Airport Consulting
  • Sustainability: F2 Design

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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