Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development

Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development
Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development

By both necessity and opportunity, the owners of Hotel Lindrum are seeking approval for a high-rise tower set behind their historic former Romanesque tea warehouse which fronts Flinders Street.

Entity TMG Developments Pty Ltd is pursuing the development in part due to Hotel Lindrum's pending loss of guest car parking in the adjoining multi-level car park which is subject to a development application. In addition to expanded hotel suites and residential apartments, guest car parking will be consolidated onsite under the proposal.

Bates Smart has conceived a slim tower of some 30 levels, substantially lower than the initial site application which called for 53 levels.

26-30 Flinders Street application summary

Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development
Street level perspective of the proposed tower. Planning image: Bates Smart
  • Existing 5 storey Hotel Lindrum contains 59 suites
  • Proposed 30 level mixed-use tower at 100 metres in height
  • Hotel suites numbers expanded to 77
  • 62 residential apartments: 12 x 1BR, 36 x 2BR, 2 x 3BR, 12 x 4BR
  • Total Gross Floor Area: 12,448 square metres
  • Two basement levels
  • 1 podium restaurant space at 276 square metres
  • Capacity for 80 bicycles and 38 vehicles in a Multiparker system

What remains of the existing structure

With over 100 years of history, the existing structure was best known as a billiard and snooker centre with the niece of champion billiard player Walter Lindrum managing the business, hence the Lindrum reference within the current name.

Heritage advisory Bryce Raworth prepared a Heritage Impact Analysis as a response to Council queries toward the development of the building which is included on the heritage overlay schedule of the Melbourne Planning Scheme as HO 1034.

Under current plans it's expected that the majority of the existing structure will be demolished for the proposed tower, with the southern facade to remain intact. Approximately half the eastern and western facades will remain as will limited interior walls according to plans.

53 levels at a stretch 

Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development
Hotel Lindrum in its earlier, taller guise. Planning image: Bates Smart

The initial version of 26-30 Flinders Street was submitted during July 2015 with revised plans put forward in recent weeks. City of Melbourne found a number of issues with the original proposal which would have spanned 183.3 metres in height and included 143 residential apartments above 83 hotel suites.

A 'facaded' outcome and a deviation from "accepted conservation standards" were chief amongst Council's concerns, with a "significant height reduction, increased setbacks and refinements to the architectural treatment of the intermediate levels of the tower" included in the revised plans.

The current version also sees an increase in separation from the existing building to tower above by way of an expanded transitional design element separation the two.

It's a trend

Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development
Hotel developments proposed for significant locations

Hotel Lindrum is the fifth significant building in the eastern reaches of the CBD to see new or expanded hotel facilities proposed. Whilst some projects have faltered, others are poised to advance.

Windsor Hotel and Bourke Street's Palace Theatre are the two highest profile projects, with both now free to pursue expanded or new hotel developments.

The proposed hotel above what was Rosati Restaurant at 95 Flinders Lane failed to eventuate whilst the most recent development incarnation of the Forum Theatre had its processing suspended midway through planning with City of Melbourne.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

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Tammy Lindrum
I hope to see the family name of Lindrum remain in the Melbourne skyline given the legendary status my Uncle achieved in his chosen sporting field of Billiards. No-one has ever come close to matching him in his remarkable achievements. It would make me very proud to see the name Lindrum above a tower that suited the Melbourne skyline and still contained the memorabilia that was donated by my late Aunt Dolly
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bilby
Ah, no. Actually I originally said, "You have a point about the western elevation, but otherwise, the "blank" walls of Shell House to my mind are one of its best features - they are monolithic and sculptural in the best way (particularly the view of the clipped elevation from Spring St.)" You could hardly call the western boundary wall, "...intimate". And the 5 level wall I was referring to is on the NW corner of the site.
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[quote]I actually love the "blank wall" that separates Seidler's building from the Lindrum on Flinders Street - its both intimate and epic at the same time.[/quote] Oh please enough bullshit. You were refering to the west facing wall that seprates this building from the lindrum not the 5 level wall on the NE corner that has nohting to do with the proposed tower.
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Depends what you're talking about - I was referring to the 5 storey wing wall on the boundary, and the rear wall that presents as a massive section cut through the volume. [img] http://postimg.org/image/s3id83n69/ [/img]
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'sculptural expression'. defn: 'The term used when all other bullshit fails to suffice.' As blank walls go it's one of the all-time great..........dissapointments of this city. [img]http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/d025eca046f73058ef8ddb6e36972588?width=316&api_key=zw4msefggf9wdvqswdfuqnr5 [/img]
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