Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition

Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition
Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition

Entity Nine Dings Pty Ltd is seeking approval for an expansive apartment project that would account for Doncaster Hill's largest development site.

584-588 Doncaster Road which also fronts Elgar Road and Briar Court spans some 8,176 square metres and has been subject to development overtones in the past. The long term car dealership lot is now likely to make way for the project in waiting which is costed at $122 million.

For that price Nine Dings Pty Ltd hopes to realise as many as 260 dwellings within an undulating Hayball-designed complex. With site elevation in its favour and closer to the CBD that any other existing or proposed apartment building's within Doncaster Hill, the apartment mix reflects the project's prime location and unfettered views.

The 11 storey structure will be capped by 7 penthouses. Other high end residences within the proposal include two, three and four bedroom duplexes, with traditional apartments seeing 55 single, 140 double and 31 triple bedroom options.

Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition
Briar Court frontage. Image: Hayball

584-588 Doncaster Road's dwelling mix is reflective of more recent trend toward larger apartments with more bedrooms across Doncaster Hill and Melbourne at large. Metro Equity's recently approved 90-96 Tram Road nearby sees only 4 of 158 apartments designated as single bedroom formats.

Hayball's design for the oversized site incorporates two distinct built forms above common lower levels.

The larger apartment building is configured loosely as a curving cross whilst a smaller building fronting Briar Court is defined by its exterior. Consisting of the duplexes, the smaller 6 storey form is veiled in aluminium screening battens carrying a wood grain finish; the honeycomb-shaped screening is in contrast to the main building form which employs a greater degree of precast elements, synonymous with Hayball's signature design look.

The application's most active frontages hold the Doncaster and Elgar road intersection, with 823 square metres of retail either side of an entry plaza.

Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition
Differing development perspectives. Image: Hayball

584-588 Doncaster Road's unveiling comes at a time when Doncaster Hill's overall development activity is in somewhat of a lull.

Although a number of projects on Doncaster Hill's periphery are at construction, the only site within the designated development zone witnessing any construction action is The Point Doncaster Hill. Basement and site retention works continue over that site although builder's signage has yet to appear.

The recent completion of Nest at the Hill has added 253 dwellings to Doncaster Hill's mix, and aside from The Point the next most likely project to reach construction is Accord Property Group's Mercure Melbourne Doncaster. Recently announced as Doncaster's first dedicated hotel, the complex will include 190 rooms over six floors on a Doncaster Road site adjacent to Westfield Shopping Centre.

Ring a ding-ding! Doncaster's largest development site edges toward fruition
The freshly completed Nest at the Hill

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

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