VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne last week announced the approval of the first stage of the $1.9 billion Melbourne Quarter development on Batman Hill, opposite Southern Cross Station.
Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter project aims to improve the link between the Hoddle Grid and Docklands, creating new parkland and office space. The project covers approximately 2.5 hectares and is being delivered over the next decade.
The approval includes a 2,000 square-metre elevated park to be built over part of Wurundjeri Way and Collins Street, which is expected to be complete in 2018.
A 19-level commercial tower, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, has also been approved for Aurora Lane and Collins Street. The tower includes more than 30,000 square metres of office space, 177 car spaces and 210 bike spaces.
According to the Minister, the approval was supported by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the City of Melbourne.
“Lendlease has been pivotal in developing the long-term commercial and residential vision for Docklands which is adding to the sense of community this area was originally missing,” Mr Wynne said.
“This project adds greatly to the public realm, I enthusiastically support projects which contribute to the surrounding streetscape and create places where people want to live and work.”
Subject to future approvals, the project will include seven commercial and apartment buildings.