City of Melbourne unanimously endorses Southbank by Beulah planning application

City of Melbourne unanimously endorses Southbank by Beulah planning application
City of Melbourne unanimously endorses Southbank by Beulah planning application

A major planning milestone was achieved last night when the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee unanimously backed the planning application for the Southbank by Beulah development - a proposal that if built would be Melbourne and Australia's next tallest building.

The UNS + Cox design was a result of one of Melbourne's most prominent design competitions to date and has been covered extensively here on Urban.com.au. The planning application was lodged back in August 2019.

While the ultimate aye or nay is signed off by the Victorian Planning Minister - as the responsible authority for planning application of this scale, the City of Melbourne is a referral authority, and their endorsement will go a long way in helping the Minister make his decision.

There are some other planning hurdles to work through. Notably, aviation authorities are yet to sign off on the proposal as the East Tower's height - 365.1 metres - breaches the PANS-OPS controls for Southbank.

The FMC meeting noted that should aviation authorities reject the proposal as it stands, it is expected the east tower's height will likely be reduced by 11 metres in order to comply with aviation regulations government Essendon airport as they stand.

City of Melbourne unanimously endorses Southbank by Beulah planning application
Southbank by Beulah. Image: UNS/Cox, Beulah

341 one-bedroom apartments, 263 two-bedroom apartments, 146 three-bedroom apartments, 24 four-bedroom apartments and 15 penthouses will see the total apartments to 789 in the East tower. In terms of hotel rooms, there will be 202 and a further 120 hotel residences in the west tower, sending the total number of residential and hotel units over the 1000 mark.

The development will include just over 27,000 square metres of net leasable floor space for office uses. It will consist of over 32,000 square metres of gross lettable area for retail uses that includes food and drink premises and a supermarket.

A childcare centre will be present in the development which will take up 1,200 square metres of the net leasable area - enough space for 100 children. An exhibition centre (1438 square metres) and conservatory (1,758 square metres) are also included in the planning application.

The east tower, subject to aviation and Ministerial approval, will be 365.1 metres high over 102 levels.  The west tower will measure 250 metres across 59 levels.

For perspective, the west tower will be approximately the same height as the 80s-built Rialto Tower at 525 Collins Street. The east tower - subject to aviation approval - will be approximately 48 metres taller than Australia 108, the tower that is in the final stages of construction and the current tallest building in Melbourne.

City of Melbourne unanimously endorses Southbank by Beulah planning application
Southbank by Beulah. Image: UNS/Cox, Beulah

Councillor Rohan Leppert endorsed the application,

"I think the thought that has gone into the ground plane and the multistory activation - with the public access not just to the ground floor but further up the fragmented podium, if you like - of the building is brilliantly well thought through."

Lord Mayor Sally Cap highlighted the accessibility and pedestrian thoroughfare benefits of the proposal - especially as it will create a thoroughfare for pedestrians from City Road, through the site and Freshwater Place and the river.

"I think that those sorts of ways of providing accessibility through what could otherwise be viewed as fortresses in the sky, are really important and they do add considerably [...] to the sense of vibrancy and human activity."

The Lord Mayor also noted council officers recommended several conditions and that they are aimed at improving the outcomes for Southbank and the city while retaining the vision for the project.

To view the Committee's deliberations, you can check out this video on the City of Melbourne's website, the Southbank by Beulah discussion starts at 32 minutes and 36 seconds into the video.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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t.oliveri02

Why would you not give the tick of aproval as it would help in so many ways if you what tourist and other Austrilians from other states to come and see our beautiful city and spend there money here in hotels cafes retail shopping thats a good thing right for our economy and with the population boom that continues in melbourne year after year our population will take over Sydney soon Iam sorry but we need even more projects like this as it has won its own right in a competition recently voted number One out of the other six buildings for this site its new its exciting and its different from all our more recent glass look buildings let developers build in Melbourne look at whats happening in Sydney and Brisbane now do we really want to get behind the other states just make sure they give something back to the people like more parks and entertaining area lets think out of the square Melbourne and if they are not prepared to give our city something beautiful in return well then say no lets not say no just because its a nother skyscraper but if we all benefit then say Yes .
Well thats my opinion anyway. Tony Go Melbourne !
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Sean S 2's picture
We have one of the ugliest unrecognisable skylines in the world. What's the harm in another obnoxious skyscraper.
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Just don't get Icon Co. to construct it and it will be great! Their track record so far has been atrocious!
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