Six abutting and adjacent independent landowners have come together with a coordinated and streamlined proposal to create an integrated masterplan of six 40-level apartment towers in the evolving Fishermans Bend Montague Precinct.
In this highly-resolved architectural and urban design response, the proposed above-average sized apartments for each tower will be airy, roomy and light-filled, designed for owner-occupiers including families, and will include an affordable housing component following discussions with the Port Phillip Housing Trust.
The project is expected to cost $600 million and is designed by leading architects Hayball, whose managing director, Tom Jordan said that the opportunity for integrated precinct planning across the six sites dramatically improves both the quality of the residential offer and the public realm outcomes in urban renewal.
“The net community benefit from a precinct approach is the creation of public spaces that feel good to be in and that people want to return to. We’ve carefully considered the human experience at street level with small-scale activities and spaces like laneways, pocket parks and plazas that feel intimate and engaging,” Mr Jordan said.
“Making great places takes time and involves many complex ingredients to create a local experience which feels authentic. Early activation of the public realm and ‘seeding’ strategies to stitch new activities into the existing urban fabric are key to a celebrated local identity taking shape over time,” he said.
The united permit applications have been submitted to the Minister for Planning, on behalf of the syndicate of 6, by lawyers and planning specialists, Planning & Property Partners – Victoria’s only multi-disciplinary practice of town planners and planning and environment lawyers.
PPP’s managing director Mark Naughton said:
“This coordinated effort will create benefits for both occupiers and the broader community. It is a benchmark for a quality-driven, design response to residential apartment development, fostering a sense of community and providing a positive social contribution to the evolving Montague Precinct. Doing 6 towers together can only mean a better coordinated outcome in both an urban design sense and how it will interact at street level. It is an exceptionally well put together proposal.”
Information supplied by Graeme Willingham Public Relations