Probuild secures contract for Stage One of The Malt District

Probuild secures contract for Stage One of The Malt District
Laurence DragomirMay 8, 2018

Probuild has secured the contract to build Stage One of Caydon's The Malt District on the former Nylex site, transforming it into a mixed-use residential and commercial development that retains elements of its industrial past.

Stage One of the development, known as Coppins Corner - a historical local reference to the 1850s Richmond and Cremorne identity George Coppin – includes a split-level tower of 15 and 12-storeys, featuring 209 one, two, and three bedroom and SoHo-style apartments, with retail and hospitality located on the lower levels.

The Coppins Corner residential building was designed by Fender Katsalidis to complement adjacent heritage structures being retained in the development, including a historic Malt House to be converted into a micro-brewery and pub. Coppins Corner also features public spaces, courtyards and laneways designed by landscape architect Oculus, that will connect new and old buildings in the precinct with roads, pedestrian and bicycle paths.

Almost 50% of Coppins Corner apartments have sold, with significant interest in three-bedroom apartments from young families and empty-nesters wanting to move closer to Melbourne.

Probuild’s appointment also includes construction of a 9-storey office building on the site’s south-eastern corner. Designed by Hayball, the 8,800 sqm complex will be occupied by business software giant MYOB, whom Cayden signed on in recent months.

The emerging creative office movement and Cremorne’s urban grit meld industry with commerce, expressed materially in the use of brick and glass, while the heavily bricked podium levels respond to the neighbourhood’s rich historic qualities. The design’s slender, angular form pulls away from the boundary edge on a landscaped laneway to create a heightened pedestrian experience, activated by retail tenancies at ground level.

- Hayball

The announcement builds on the momentum created from a string of recent announcements about the iconic site, including the MYOB deal and permit approval received in January for Stage Two of the development involving the iconic Nylex clock and silos.

Demolition works are already well underway at the site with Probuild commencing construction in the next few months, with an expected completion date of mid-2020.

Probuild secures contract for Stage One of The Malt District
MYOB's new digs at The Malt District designed by Hayball. Image: Supplied

What they say

Probuild’s appointment to build Coppins Corner is a significant milestone for Caydon, and the start of the transformation of what is now a derelict industrial site into a stunning place for people to live, work and visit.

We have had an enthusiastic response to the release of Coppins Corner apartments from local residents, owner-occupiers and investors, who are attracted to the area for its proximity to the CBD, the MCG and Melbourne & Olympic Park sports precinct, and bustling Bridge Road and Chapel Street with their shops and restaurants.

Probuild has a reputation for quality and excellence, which is why we have worked with them on other developments, and is precisely what buyers in The Malt District will get in their apartments.

- Jarrod Stratton, Caydon Chief Operations Officer


Coppins Corner is the third project Probuild and Caydon have collaborated on, after successfully delivering two Melbourne residential towers in the past.

We know we were selected for this job on the back of our people. Our people are leaders in both residential and commercial construction; Caydon really understand how Probuild adds value through our quality benchmarks and reliability.

- Luke Stambolis, Probuild Victorian Managing Director

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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