Yarra One adds to Hickory Group's plump workbook

Yarra One adds to Hickory Group's plump workbook
Mark BaljakJune 26, 2018

One of South Yarra's largest apartment developments will proceed to construction with Hickory Group announcing it is the builder of choice for Yarra One.

Eco World International's sole Melbourne project will proceed immediately to construction as demolition across the site wraps up. Hickory Group will build the 27 storey apartment tower, which includes 256 apartments set over 37,000 plus square metres of built form.

The move to construction follows a development process which saw Eco World International acquire the project from fellow Malaysian-based developer Salcon Development.

Alongside the apartments, Hickory Group will also deliver amenities within the tower which include a library, dining room, gym, wellness retreat and wine room. The project's main publicly accessible feature is a large multi-purpose atrium/ arbour, which has become somewhat of a design showpiece across various Fender Katsalidis-designed projects.

Yarra One adds to Hickory Group's plump workbook
Yarra One's atrium which includes a pedestrian link to Daly Street. Image: Hickory Group

Yarra One's 52 one bedroom, 158 two bedroom, 42 three bedroom apartments and four Penthouse apartments are scheduled to be completed by July 2020 following a 25-month construction timeline.

Hickory Group's South Yarra success adds to three additional builds which have yet to break ground. Chadstone's MGallery by Sofitel and Queens Road's Victoriana apartment project have recently been awarded to Hickory Group, whilst the builder will shortly begin works on a Southbank office complex which it will part occupy upon completion.

Urban.com.au recently covered the appointment of Hickory Group to the Chadstone development. Hickory will incorporate large prefabricated elements such as stairs and walls in order to deliver the 250 hotel rooms over little more than a year from now.

Yarra One adds to Hickory Group's plump workbook
Victoriana on Queens Road. Image: JD Group

Also set to start this year is JD Group's Victoriana luxury apartment development. Victoriana will include 250 oversized 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments over 18 levels, and multiple pools over the building's upper levels.

The Rothelowman-designed project requires that Hickory Group deliver 41,000 plus square metres of built form on a double site overlooking Albert Park. December 2020 is the anticipated completion date.

The last of Hickory Group's quartet of projects which have yet to break ground is perhaps the most interesting. The builder will relocate to a purpose-built office development at 68 Clarke Street upon its completion which is slated for the third quarter of 2019.

The Elenberg Fraser-designed office building "takes on new design thinking for a more people-centered approach; reinventing the way we work".

That translates to features such as a targeted 5 star NABERS rating, novel thermal control solutions, a heavily greened facade, green internal atrium and greenhouses/edible gardens across multiple terraces.

Yarra One adds to Hickory Group's plump workbook
68 Clarke Street. Image: Hickory Group

The arrival of Hickory Group's latest quartet of projects comes on the tail end of a number of builds that are nearing completion. Opera Melbourne, Atira La Trobe Street and the adjacent Conservatory apartment tower are structurally complete, with completion for all three projects imminent.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of Urban.com.au. He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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