Melbourne Developer Submits Planning Proposal for Commercial Precinct in Richmond


The Fuchs family have submitted a planning proposal to the City of Yarra to develop four office buildings between three and nine-storeys.

The proposed development, located at the Kia/Patersons site at 198 – 242 Burnley Street, Richmond, is a former industrial site with some heritage buildings.

According to the proposal submitted to the City of Yarra the redevelopment will provide for the retention and restoration of key heritage fabric, including the reuse of the former power station building on Neptune Street “in a manner that maintains its original form”.

The portion of the 8,020-square metre site without heritage value will be demolished and an eight-storey office building “Building D” will be constructed.

The group engaged Wireframe Architecture, a Melbourne-based practice linked with the Meydan Group.


A total of 396 car parks is proposed. The development also includes parking for 230 bicycles.
Building A
At an overall height of 48.2 metres (nine storeys) with a total floor area of 9,945 square metres, "Building A" will provide several levels of office space with floor plates of between approximately 616 and 860 square metres. On the ground floor will be retail premises. Building A will rely heavily on the exisiting Kia/Patersons building, including using parts of its heritage appearance.

"The office structure rising out of the existing building will be clad in a glazed curtain wall facade to give the building its own distinct identity within the development which is secondary to the heritage building, and to help breakup the visual bulk of the overall development" the proposal said.
Building B
"Building B" is proposed to utilise an existing power station building, located in the north west of the site fronting Neptune Street. This building will be externally restored and internally retrofitted to accommodate a co-working office space which will span 24.43 metres across three levels with floor plates ranging from 550 to 610 square metres.


The developers aim to retain the entire external structure of the existing building, relying only on a small amount of internal demolition to allow for an internal light well to the perimeter of the space.

"This will allow for natural light to penetrate into the existing basement level via glazing which will be inserted into the existing roof structure between alternating rafters."
Building C
"Building C" is effectively part of Building D, however it is named as a separate building due to its role of shrouding the car park from the adjoining properties and presenting as a different building from the street. Aside from providing car parking Building C will also provide office spaces as well as communal facilities including a rooftop garden.

Taking up a floor area of 2,078 square metres, Building C will rise to five stories and stretch 35 metres high.

"The façade of the sawtooth roof extension will be retained and restored externally retaining the majority of the sawtooth roof beyond the façade to a depth of 4.6 metres from the street boundary," the proposal said.

"The internals of the existing building will be demolished along with some small openings to be made in the existing façade to allow access for pedestrian and vehicle access within the new structure to be built beyond the facade."The building will be clad in matte black overlapped composite panels to give the building its own distinct identity within the development and to help breakup the visual bulk of the overall development.
Building D
The existing two-storey office building currently located at the site for "Building D" will be demolished to allow for the development of the 8 storey addition to the precinct.


Rising 44.6 metres, the building will comprise of two retail premises at ground level, office space from levels one-seven and car parking from basement to level four. It will also contain bicycle parking and communal facilities.

"The façade along Burnley Street from Ground to Level 1 will be curtain wall glazing forming the podium of Building D.

"This will be framed by a floating curved canopy for the majority of its length. The building above podium level will also be floor to ceiling curtain wall glazing.


"The glazing will be wrapped in perforated metal screening around the entire perimeter of the building for a variety of reasons:

  • it will help to articulate the façade and enhance the buildings street appeal.
  • it will act as a means of providing shading; and
  • it will reduce overlooking.

"The proposed development will vastly improve the public realm by activating the major frontage of Burnley Street with proposed office and retail components, and improving the interface along Neptune Street," the proposal said.

"The retained heritage listed buildings will be adaptively re-used which will also contribute to the street and public space quality.

"Burnley Street will be primarily fronted by Building D. It will open up and activate the currently closed off industrial site. Activation will be afforded to the majority of its street frontage with retail showrooms along the ground floor, split by a generous lobby entrance that is setback to provide for articulation and visitor bicycle parking.

"Overall, the architectural form of the development will use materials, finishes, and façade treatments that will enhance the attractiveness of the immediate site and overall area."

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