The final piece of the $1.9 billion mixed-use Melbourne Quarter “city precinct” – a Woods Bagot-designed, 25-storey commercial tower – has been submitted for development approval.
Developed by Lend Lease, the tower on Collins Street, called Two Melbourne Quarter, will pair 49,000 square metres of office space with 800 square metres of retail space at ground level.
Mark Menhinnitt, Lend Lease’s managing director for urban regeneration, said, “as we enter a new age of workplace productivity, tenants want to attract and retain the best and brightest industry talent with offices that deliver a range of workplace and wellbeing amenities.”
The tower is the last element of Lend Lease’s Melbourne Quarter development to be submitted to the approval process. Melbourne Quarter is located between Flinders and Collins streets, near Southern Cross Station. The precinct will be divided into two areas: commercial and residential. The commercial area will be located on Collins Street and the residential area will be bound by Flinders Street to the south, Wurundjeri Way to the west and the railway line to the east.
Two Melbourne Quarter is sited between two commercial towers by Denton Corker Marshall – the 28-storey Melbourne Quarter Tower and the 19-storey One Melbourne Quarter. Accompanying the three commercial towers will be what is describe as Melbourne’s first elevated park, conceived by Denton Corker Marshall and developed in collaboration with Aspect Oculus. The 2,000 square metre “skypark” will be built 10 to 12 metres above Collins Street.
Aspect Oculus are also responsible for the design of a planned 3,700-square-metre public square to be located underneath the elevated park. A new laneway will connect Flinders and Collins Streets.
The Denton Corker Marshall-designed towers, the elevated park and the public square were part of the first stage of the project which received ministerial approval in March 2016.
The residential section of the project comprises a trio of towers designed by Fender Katsalidis which were approved in August 2016.
Melbourne Quarter will house 3,000 residents and 12,000 workers once complete.