Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra
Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra

Iglu Student Accommodation wants a prime piece of South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct for their next Melbourne outlet.

Forrest Hill has been dominated by traditional apartment developments in recent years, although the designated urban renewal precinct is beginning to further diversify. Alongside Iglu's intended redevelopment of the land at 6-8 Claremont Street, LK Property Group are looking to add a 294 suite hotel further north along Claremont Street.

Iglu's South Yarra footprint would be the first dedicated student accommodation building in the area, although both Ozihouse South Yarra and District South Yarra provide limited student accommodation beds within their respective properties.

For site owner Harbour Claremont Pty Ltd, their agreement with Iglu Student Accommodation has seen intentions for the 1,029 square metre plot change. Initially, the developer had sought approval for a Bates Smart-designed tower during 2016, which included 106 apartments, 2,700 square metres of office space and 81 car parks within a 26-storey building.

6-8 Claremont Street application summary

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra
Exterior perspectives. Planning images: Bates Smart
  • 1,029sqm site currently a three storey commercial building
  • Proposed 24 storey tower at 74.4m in height
  • 488 lodging rooms
  • No car parking or retail spaces
  • Communal: gym, media & games room, lounge, study spaces, outdoor balcony/verandah
  • Shared vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfare included
  • Cluster and studio configurations included
  • Cost of works: $40 million

Now expected as a 24 storey tower, Iglu South Yarra's 488 rooms will be offered for rent on either 6 month or 12 month agreement terms.

In line with all contemporary student accommodation buildings, a bevvy of amenities are included. A gym, media room, lounge areas, games room, computer zone and study spaces are present, as is a first floor balcony/verandah that will bring added vitality to Claremont Street.

Cluster formations are present across levels 2-9 whilst levels 10-17 are dominated by studio apartments. At ground level, the building entry splays into an open plan lobby with a shared thoroughfare to the north of the site.

According to Bates Smart "We aim to maximise the activation of both the street frontage end the laneway. To achieve this we are proposing a linear planter with integrated seating along the northern edge. We are also proposing to incorporate a three-dimensional artwork which will bring colour and life to the space."

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra
Laneway and common area perspectives. Planning images: Bates Smart

Iglu Melbourne City is the provider's first Melbourne project, with Hacer Group advancing the build to structural completion.

Due to open mid 2018, the 594-bed student accommodation building opposite the Queen Victoria market is also a design produced by Bates Smart. A smaller nine storey building fronts 299 Franklin Street with another twenty three storey building at the rear.

Iglu Melbourne City and the South Yarra site which has gone to construction tender are part of the Iglu Australia series, joining two outlets in both Brisbane and Sydney. 

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra
Iglu Melbourne City is structurally complete with the tower crane now removed.

6-8 Claremont Street development team

  • Developer: Harbour Claremont Pty Ltd
  • Project Architect: Bates Smart Architects
  • Town Planning: Contour Consultants
  • Waste and Traffic: One Mile Grid
  • Environmental Sustainable Design & Services Engineer: ADP Consulting
  • Wind Consultant: Windtech
  • Project Management: Point Polaris
  • Fire Engineering: Olsson Fire & Risk
  • Structural Engineering: Webber Design
  • BCA: Steve Watson & Partners 
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nwharr
Also I am not sure that Urban.com.au has had any articles about construction in the developing world.
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mark_melb
Nicholas, I think you will find that the kinds of developments that are being reported on in Urban.com.au certainly appear to be what would be acceptable in the developing world. Many of the 'emergency accommodation' design methods that were accepted during the recession seem now to be the norm and what would be regarded as good design seems secondary. That sounds like developing world to me.

Mark Kozakiewicz

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mark_melb
This is a very amusing comparison but thanks for highlighting the fact that Forrest Hill has been swamped by predominantly transient accommodation with little in the way to cater to longer term and adaptable construction. An area solely composed of investor apartments, offices, hotel and serviced apartments is not the stuff of community.

This is where Urban.com.au fails to recognize true Urban Planning. But Melbourne is not alone in ignoring the blight of gentrification.

Not all development deserves the praise that Urban.com.au seems to heap on some of the nastiest construction in the developing world.

Mark Kozakiewicz

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I think you fail to see the Forrest from the trees so to speak.

I'm sure you can discern the difference between having a precinct jam packed solely with apartment developments and having a precinct that is diversified with different uses such as office, hotel, serviced apartments, whatever the case may be.

Out of interest, would that be the same monoculture present in suburbs such as Pakenham or Truganina where's its nothing but squeezed in cookie cutter detached housing?
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I find that the statement "Forrest Hill has been dominated by traditional apartment developments in recent years, although the designated urban renewal precinct is beginning to further diversify." one the weakest pieces of journalism possible. "Traditional apartment developments"? Really? Further diversify"? Seriously? This area has to be least diversified area in South Yarra and getting less diverse. It is an absolute monoculture and adding additional apartments, whether they are student or not, does not create diversity.

Mark Kozakiewicz

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