Melbourne’s largest skyscraper project, the six-skyscraper Melbourne Square, is moving ahead with stage one with an endorsement by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Developed by Malaysian developer OSK Property and designed by Cox Architecture, Melbourne Square's stage one will transform a former carpark bounded by the Westgate Freeway and Kavanagh, Balston and Power Streets in Southbank into a dynamic mixed-use community and retail centre. It has been designed to give Southbank a green heart as well as critical community infrastructure, with the addition of a public park and network of green spaces – totaling over 3,700 square metres.
OSK Property Chairman Tan Sri Ong Leong Huat said stage one endorsement was a key milestone for the project.
“It is our hope that Melbourne Square will be an important destination within the world’s most liveable city.
"Besides having a high quality design element, stage one of our project has several attractive features, such as a beautiful urban park, a large format supermarket, a childcare facility and a comprehensive set of resident amenities,” he said.
“We hope it will be a place for people of all ages to enjoy, with its beautiful public park drawing people in from across the city.
“This is an important project for Southbank’s future and provides the delivery of critical community infrastructure in this popular suburb.”
Melbourne Square continues OSK Property’s expertise in large-scale developments that put community at their heart, with the diversified company also delivering several large-scale townships and award-winning projects in Malaysia.
Cox Architecture’s priority, working with visionary landscape architects Rush Wright Associates for the masterplan and Taylor Cullity Lethlean for stage one, was to develop a civic hub, incorporating lush greenery, in Southbank with enhanced linkages to the CBD and Botanic Gardens.
Cox Architecture Director Ian Sutter said Melbourne Square was one of the only remaining opportunities to fulfil Melbourne City Council’s vision to make Southbank more verdant.
“The new neighbourhood around Melbourne Square takes one of the last development opportunities in Southbank and, via a prescient and sensitive masterplan, provides a true mixed use precinct with a verdant, green space at its heart,” Mr Sutter said.
“A deliberate decision was made to significantly exceed the open space area requirements for Southbank – we believe this is an essential feature in providing a superior quality of life for the community.”
Two shimmering, elliptical towers, enhanced by architectural pleating, are also part of stage one. Slated for residential use, the towers have a capacity of over 1000 apartments.
Sales and construction of stage one commence in 2017 with later stages of the project to feature a hotel, commercial office, shopping centre, becoming a destination in the city.