University of Melbourne proposes high-rise student accommodation in heritage-listed factory precinct

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Lincoln Square South by Hayball.

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A 14-storey student accommodation building, housing 656 students, would be built at Carlton’s soon-to-be-expanded Lincoln Square under plans submitted to the City of Melbourne by the University of Melbourne.

Dubbed Lincoln Square South, the almost $70 million, Hayball-designed building is being billed as a project that will “set a new benchmark for quality accommodation operation [and] provide a unique addition to student accommodation offerings in Melbourne.”

The building’s architectural form, according to Hayball’s project vision outline, would provide a “contemporary response to the university tradition of courtyard and cloister,” with student common spaces and upper level rooms arranged around a landscaped inner court.

A number of inter- and post-war factories, some of which are subject to heritage overlays, sit on the proposed site of the student precinct, a prominent corner of Swanston Street and Lincoln square. A heritage report notes that “While more distinctive examples” of such buildings can be found elsewhere, “a consistent streetscape of such buildings is rare.”

The City of Melbourne released a draft concept plan for the rejuvenation of Lincoln Square earlier this month. The plan would expand the borders of the park and add a children’s playground.


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