Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune

Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune
Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune

West Melbourne once more propels itself into the development limelight as two substantial apartment projects have in the last week reached critical junctures in their respective planning journeys.

Plus Architecture has announced that a major West Melbourne apartment complex designed at their hand has been given the green light. At planning since the turn of 2017, 512-544 Spencer Street is the latest project now capable of adding to West Melbourne's higher density transformation.

We are thrilled to announce that approval has been granted, for an exciting redevelopment at the top end of Spencer Street.

Plus will work with our partners Lechte Corporation, Crema Group and Abacus Property Group, to produce this modern, village-like mix of homes, a courtyard and café and included retail spaces – making a lifestyle of convenience for residents. Very much in line with the State Government’s vision for the highest quality of building and living environments. West Melbourne is going from strength to strength.

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512-544 Spencer Street mirrors Carlton's The Eminence in that it will be delivered by the same team. Lechte Corporation, Crema Group and Abacus Property Group are present once more, with Plus Architecture handling all matters design; Crema Group's involvement will likely see Crema Constructions saddle up for the eventual build. 

Approximately 200 apartments are in the mix across the 4,246 square metre corner site, alongside retail and communal spaces.

Plus Architecture's composition sees differing finishes across the facade which effectively breaks the form of the project, appearing as separate buildings.

Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune
Spencer Street's newest approval. Image: Plus Architecture
Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune
The proposed replacement for Festival Hall. Image: Rothelowman

Also on the radar is the proposed redevelopment of Festival Hall at 272-306 Dudley Street, West Melbourne.

News broke last week that the application's bid to replace the existing structure with dual apartment buildings may have become all the more difficult in light of a recommendation from Heritage Victoria that Festival Hall be included as a Registered Place in the Victorian Heritage Register.

Festival Hall was built during 1955, replacing the 1913 West Melbourne Stadium. Heritage Victoria contends the venue is of historical and social significance to the State of Victoria in that it was important to the course, or pattern, of Victoria’s cultural history and that it maintains a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

Jargon aside, at stake is the right of 272-306 Dudley Street's development proponent to deliver 179 apartments above a sizeable slab of commercial space. Public submissions on the fate of Festival Hall are being accepted by Heritage Council of Victoria.

If Festival Hall were to land on the Victorian Heritage Register, project architect Rothelowman would presumably need to take the design back to the drawing board.

Spencer Street approved, Festival Hall hits heritage hurdle in West Melboune
Open space fronting Rosslyn Street. Image: Rothelowman
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West Melbourne Apartments Lechte Plus Architecture RotheLowman Festival Hall

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