60-82 Johnston Street South Melbourne was reported on by Urban Melbourne during August last year and at the time we thought it to be Fishermans Bend's tallest proposed development. Indeed dual 181 metre residential towers headline the massive development, which is in excess of City of Port Phillip's Montague Precinct Structure Plan preferred height of 100m.
Final planning approval lies with the State Government however and as this project falls within an area of no prescribed height limit, it's considered to meet the State's Urban Renewal Area Draft Vision. Therefore City of Port Phillip's planning department earlier in the year handed down their decision on the project.
It is recommended that Council advise the Minister for Planning that it supports the application in principle and that, in the event that the Minister determines to grant a permit for this application, some refinements are necessary and further details need to be provided in relation to dwelling ratios, car parking, building heights and setbacks, sustainable design, pedestrian paths, landscaping and bicycle parking.
Amongst the list of requested amendments, COPP planners have included the following:
Images show the project's lower levels to be of the highest calibre. Whilst Rothe Lowman have designed a flowing structure that speaks well with its surrounds, ASPECT Studios have incorporated greenery over every level culminating in a multifaceted rooftop communal garden.
The result is a stunning podium design that is flowing, interesting, undulating and heavily activated over the initial few levels. If this podium quality is replicated elsewhere in Fishermans Bend, it will be one important step (albeit just one) in ensuring the built form environment is a quantum leap ahead of many parts of Docklands.
Those behind 60-82 Johnston Street, like all other Fishermans Bend development proponents have yet to learn the fate of their projects, as the State Government readies final structure plans for the area.