GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues
GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues

Developer GURNER continues to rack up apartment projects within City of Yarra, with the latest an intended apartment development at 23-33 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

Although active across many of Melbourne's inner city suburbs, GURNER continues to cherry pick sites across City of Yarra, with the municipality a honey hole for the Prahran-based outfit. GURNER has also maintained its penchant for well-regarded architecture firms, utilising COX Architecture as the design lead for 23-33 Johnston Street.

COX Architecture joins the likes of Warren and Mahoney, Elenberg Fraser and Koichi Takada Architects as design outfits which have produced apartment schemes for the developer within City of Yarra. 

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues
Johnston Street as is. Planning image: COX Architecture

Urban Melbourne's Project Database shows five active projects for GURNER within City of Yarra, headlined by 26-56 Queens Parade which has garnered considerable media attention in recent times.

GURNER's latest entrant at 23-33 Johnston Street encompasses four allotments over 1,873sqm. Located within the Johnston Street Activity Centre, 23-33 Johnston Street would overlook the adjoining Contemporary Arts Precinct which in times gone by, acted as a campus for education provider NMIT.

The recently submitted proposal seeks to replace an existing planning permit onsite for a six level student accommodation complex encompassing 189 student apartments.

Headline figures for the COX Architecture design sees a 12 level mixed use building comprising 154 apartments, dual ground floor food and drink retail outlets over 460sqm and car parking for 121 vehicles. 154 storage cages and 48 bikes are included, as is a landscaped roof garden on level 8.

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues
23-33 Johnston Street. Planning image: COX Architecture

The proposal will also maintain a considerable portion of the original building's frontage to Johnston Street, with the tower's curved facade taking its design impetus from the nearby Keith Haring mural.

23-33 Johnston Street aside, 1-35 Wellington Street and the Spanish Club's redevelopment join 26-56 Queens Parade as projects that are at planning for the developer. Across these combined four projects currently at planning, roughly 570 apartments can be added to GURNER's pipeline. This number would have been far greater, but for the redesign of 26-56 Queens Parade which has seen the proposal lose as many as 120 apartments.

Other projects directly under the guidance of GURNER include 28 Stanley Street which is receiving its finishing touches and the freshly completed 107 Cambridge Street which has revamped part of the Foy & Gibson Precinct to include 90 new apartments.

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues
107 Cambridge along with the original 26-56 Queens Parade. Image: Koichi Takada Architects

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

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There is no real justification for the demolition of the facade, no mater what the age. It clearly shows that the extension respected the original facade and kept it in sync and respects the original streetscape.
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johnproctor
and btw. I lied with respect to no alternative parking access. The development does propose to use the 3m wide laneway at its western boundary to provide access to 24 visitor parking bays. probably some way to create a 1 way vehicle loop in and out of the site to reduce the monstrous vehicle entry at the eastern end of the site and potentially retain the whole facade.
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johnproctor
I just read the heritage report for this... Reads like the client did a good job specifying that they wanted something written that would justify demolition. Basically the building was built in the stages. The western end (from memory) 1929, middle section 1932 and then the eastern end 1950ish. The 1950ish is supposedly inferior to the western end and 'detracts' from the heritage value of the original buildings because the brickwork is slightly different etc. Also as the heritage precinct the buildings sit within is largely heritage for Victorian/Edwardian significance the 'moderne' factories are less significant and probably don't warrant individual listing. Although the immediately adjacent moderne Collingwood Technical school does warrant it (go figure!). btw. the eastern end (1950ish) was a facading of a 1860's hotel on the site. Will be interesting to see how this plays out. http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/list-planning-applications/view-application/?ApplicationID=3610
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furthermore is there any heritage justfication for blandifyign and sandblasting the art deco facade for what looks like generic bricks? losing all the built up character of this paticular building with it's layered paint and old signs. The interface with the significant former Collingwood Tech/ now Circus Oz building also looks very clunky. (not to mention, kicking out a cafe, bar , and event/art space which have all revitilised this section of Johnston Street for what, carpark access and a boring large scale tenancy? and how does a big car entrance here co-exist with the increasing bike activity along Johnston St?
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bilby
Theboynoodle - the section of Johnston St. between Hoddle and Smith Street is really starting to become a lively area now - the retail along there has changed massively over the past 5 years. It's worth going for a walk along there to have a look at all the new businesses appearing - even in the specific building we are talking about there are some great places.
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