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Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments

Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments
Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments

The latest batch of Melbourne planning applications revealed for public consumption includes hundreds of new apartments and a hotel development for a long-forgotten Cremorne site.

A combined 250 apartments are earmarked for Southbank and Oakleigh sites.

The former sees a Rothelowman-designed apartment development for 153-159 Sturt Street on Southbank. Having gone through a heavy redesign relative to what was initially submitted for approval during 2017, the tower now sports a new exterior dynamic.

Initially laden with greenery, the towers rebirthed design is stripped of plant life in favour of a more typical exterior finish. Other significant changes to the building include a height reduction to 56 metres or 18 levels, apartments numbers falling to 145 and the inclusion of arts studio spaces within the podium.

As it stands, the project for entity Sturt St Pty Ltd is headed for VCAT. Had this not been the case, Melbourne City Council indicated earlier this week that the project would have gained support in its revised form.

Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments
Initial and revised designs for Sturt Street. Planning images: Rothelowman

Oakleigh too is in for another noteworthy apartment project as 35-41 Dalgety Street makes its way through planning.

RotheLowman features once more as project architect, this time on behalf of Gaffney Properties Pty Ltd. Taking the Dalgety and Atkinson Streets intersection the 3,520 square metre site is slated for 105 apartments and townhouses, split between 8 single, 60 double and a substantial 28 triple bedroom options.

Currently a dated brick office and warehouse complex, 35-41 Dalgety Street finds itself in a pocket of Oakleigh adjacent to Dandenong Road, that is increasingly turning to medium and large sized apartment projects. Oros is the prime development nearby currently at sales, with 300 plus apartments and a serviced apartment component planned.

From a design perspective, Rothelowman assert "the size of the site and its Commercial 1 Zoning allows for a more intensive form of development that will make a positive contribution to the public realm. The replacement of the existing low-grade brick building will introduce a high quality contemporary architectural language to the area."

Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments
The rear aspect of 35-41 Dalgety Street. Planning image: Rothelowman

Perhaps even more of a design statement is a new hotel proposal for a long disused site opposite the carsales.com.au head office. Adjacent to CityLink and covering a triangular site at 1-3 Harcourt Parade, Idle Architecture Studio has come up with a novel design for what is currently an at-grade car park.

Key to the design is a mid-building electronic advertising void that would replace two existing major promotion signs on the corner of Punt Road and Harcourt Parade. Either side of the signage, 104 hotel rooms have been included whilst the levels accommodating the signage are handed over to conference and ancillary hotel facilities.

Mantello Holdings are behind the project which at 11 levels would be shorther than the adjoining Nylex Sign on the Richmond Maltings site directly behind. Heritage advice put forward by advisory Trethowan notes that the "subject site does not interfere with this landmark status (of the Nylex Sign) and has less visual impact than the existing advertising billboards and the approved redevelopment of the Maltings site itself."

Oakleigh, Cremorne and Southbank in line for significant developments
Cremorne corner. Planning image: Idle Architecture Studio

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

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I don't think the triangular site is all that conducive to a decent commercial floor plate. It is an awkward site to develop.
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I would have thought that the Cremorne site was more suited for office space, in such a busy area, with Punt Road, the slipway onto the Monash and the freeway viaduct next door. It does have permanent views across parkland to AAMI stadium and the city skyline, and, in time, all the facilities on the Maltings site.
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