Malaysian property developer UEM Sunrise Berhad has officially broken ground on its first Australian development, the $770 million Aurora Melbourne Central, in the heart of Melbourne CBD.At 92 storeys, the La Trobe Street development has been designed by architectural firm Elenberg Fraser and will be the tallest in the Melbourne CBD.Probuild will deliver the landmark mixed-use development, which will comprise more than 120,000 square metres of built-up area that includes 941 residential apartments, 250 serviced apartments, retail spaces and strata offices, approximately 300 car park bays and 780 bike spaces as well as improved public access to Melbourne Central Train Station.UEM Sunrise's Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said he was proud to commence construction of the company's maiden project.
Founder and Director of Elenberg Fraser, Callum Fraser said: "Aurora Melbourne Central is a unique expression of Melbourne's future. It has been designed to create a new epicentre for the Melbourne CBD. In every direction, the unique curves of the tower's special glass coating will provide a dynamic and beautiful addition to the Melbourne skyline, reflecting the iridescent silver, blue and rose hues from the bay, the city and the mountains beyond."Part of the development will see the rejuvenation of the laneway between La Trobe St and Little La Trobe St, which will also be activated with retail spaces and improvement to the development's connection to Melbourne Central Lower Retail. In addition, upgrades will be made to Melbourne Central Train Station to provide better access for commuters. The upgrading works will see enhanced public access via the addition of a station entrance from Little La Trobe St with escalators directly into the train station concourse level as well as a lift at the La Trobe Street entrance.Aurora Melbourne Central will be built and handed over in stages, with the upgrade of the station and underground access expected for completion by end 2017. The development will be fully completed in the third quarter of 2019.