Perri Projects receives approval for $150m Carlton Gardens project

Perri Projects receives approval for $150m Carlton Gardens project
Laurence DragomirMay 22, 2018

Perri Projects in conjunction with joint venture partner Wingate Property, has received development approval for a $150 million mixed-use project on the edge of the Melbourne CBD opposite Carlton Gardens. This project will include 70 apartments across 20 levels of residential plus premium commercial and hospitality on the ground floor and podium levels.

Located at 23-29 Victoria Street, the plans also include significant improvements to the public realm in line with City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest strategy with a large-scale rejuvenation of the surrounding area.

Perri Projects recruited Woods Bagot to create a design that responded to the significance of the site, adjacent to the UNESCO world heritage Carlton Gardens ensuring future residents will have permanent unobstructed amenity and outlook across the gardens.

Woods Bagot's design for the site brought together its Melbourne, London, and New York studios to reference aspects of each of the cities, in the project.

Perri Projects receives approval for $150m Carlton Gardens project
Perri Projects' approved development opposite Carlton Gardens. Image: Supplied

As part of the Victoria Street project, Perri Projects is also proposing major public realm improvements including a new boulevard interface to McKenzie Street and reworking the current traffic island intersection into an Urban Forest public space in line with City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy.

The strategy acknowledges the crucial roles green spaces play in Melbourne with its parks, gardens, and tree-lined streets contributing to liveability and quality of life for residents. 

Together Perri Projects and its architects worked closely with council to achieve the permit, with the developer having previously worked collaboratively with City of Melbourne on culturally significant projects such as West Melbourne Waterfront.

The developer's vision for the site marks the latest iteration of its ‘Tailored Living’ series following its collaboration with Woods Bagot at The Englefield in South Yarra, which upon completion will feature seven penthouse-style residences aimed towards the upper end of the market. 

According to Perri Projects, Melbourne represents a long-term focal point for the developer and the Carlton Gardens project reflects its confidence in the city. The development team continues to work closely with City of Melbourne and other major stakeholders on the wider rejuvenation of the surrounding area.

What they say:

Working with a global team of architects will ensure our Carlton Gardens project will reflect the complex cultural fabric of the suburb and deliver an impressive architectural addition to the neighbourhood. The building’s offering is rare – premium residential accommodation with protected northern aspects over the gardens and heritage precinct.

This is a CBD address on the doorstep of the cultural-mecca suburbs of Collingwood, Fitzroy, and East Melbourne. The significance of the site is undeniable and heavily guided our design approach to remain congruent with Carlton’s urban language.

We are currently advancing plans with some very exciting hospitality operators and will have more announcements on this aspect of the project soon.

- David Scalzo, Managing Director Perri Projects 


Wingate is thrilled to have partnered with Perri Projects on this unique project and is delighted with the successful planning outcome. It is an important first step in bringing to life this visionary building which we believe will become iconic on the Melbourne skyline.

- Ryan Levin, Managing Director Wingate Property


Laurence Dragomir

Laurence Dragomir is one of the co-founders of Urban Melbourne. Laurence has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience working in both the private and public sector specialising in architecture, urban design and planning. He also has a keen interest in the built environment, cities and Star Wars.

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