The City of South Perth is currently in the process of considering revised plans for a 44-storey mixed-use development located at 1-3 Lyall Street and 56 Melville Parade, South Perth.
Developer Dragon Century submitted plans for a single tower following the decision to defer consideration of the original plans by the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) late last year.
The revised plans supersede the original submission of two buildings -- a 40 and 49-storey proposal with an estimated cost of $180 million -- lodged in February 2016.
Dragon Century's resubmission comes after developer Edge Visionary fought a protracted legal battle with residents over their 34-storey "Lumiere" residential development -- which was finally approved as a 29-storey mixed-use development in October last year.
Earlier this year, the City of South Perth modified its Planning Scheme Amendment No. 46 "South Perth Station Precinct", following a determination by the WA Minister for Planning, Donna Faragher.
Faragher rejected the City's attempts to impose absolute height limits in the precinct. Where developers are seeking additional height, as in the case of Lyall Street, the Metropolitan Central Joint Development Assessment Panel will determine if the building meets approval for additional height to be made on the basis of selective criteria -- whether the proposal meets the "exemplary", "sensitive" or "sophisticated" design requirements and "high" levels of amenity.
Designed by Hillam Architects, the proposed Lyall Street tower will rise to 44-storeys on a 2,987 square metre site. It will feature 203 residential apartments, 29 commercial tenancies and 399 car parking spaces.
According to the submission, the site is "ideally situated" in South Perth and is set to benefit from a future train station at Richardson Street.
“Eschewing the tradition of the rectangular box shape in high rise, the proposed development is sculpted into a more dynamic and organic form which addresses 360 views from this location,” Hillam Architects said in the proposal.
“Its increased floor plate perimeter helps to maximise the potential views for occupants and brings more visual connection between the residents and the natural elements in Perth’s inner city.
“An ‘exoskeleton’ wraps around the tower changing in vertical proportion at higher elevations. The smaller grids respond to the human scale at street level whilst the grid gets larger as it progresses up the tower, and helps the building to be easily identifiable from a distance."
Following a community consultation process which ended earlier this month, the assessment panel will now make the final decision on the proposed development’s future.