YARRA City Council has lodged an objection on heritage grounds against the proposed redevelopment of the historic Dimmeys site on Swan Street, Cremorne.
Mayor Cr Jane Garrett said Yarra Council's submission to Heritage Victoria raised concerns about the scale and proportions of the proposal from applicant Richmond Icon Pty Ltd stating that the building "which tells us so much about Melbourne’s cultural history deserves protection" and that the applicant is not "safeguarding that legacy."
The redevelopment proposes to retain the main façade and clocktower of the Swan Street building and to construct two apartment buildings at the rear, one of which will be eleven stories.
"Council has objected on the grounds that the proposed 11-storey building is top-heavy, and would detract from the landmark qualities of the Dimmeys clocktower," Cr Garrett said.
According to Heritage Victoria, Dimmeys is of architectural and historical significance to the state of Victoria as a fine, intact and early example of the American Romanesque style in Victoria and of the work of the prominent architects H W & F B Tompkins. The building's significance is increased by the clocktower, which is a prominent and well-known Melbourne landmark.