Richmond Proposal Speaks Volumes for Bridge Road Future


Melbourne-based developer Volume Projects has lodged an application for a $10 million residential project within Richmond’s Bridge Road Major Activity Centre.

Lodged with the City of Yarra in late-2017, Volume’s proposed development will comprise 26 apartments over 10-storeys with a commercial tenancy located on the ground floor. The project will include eight one-bedroom apartments, ten two-bedroom apartments and eight three-bedroom apartments.

The building’s apartments will range from 45sq m to 201sq m, with “excellent levels of internal amenity and access to generous balcony space”. Pitch architecture prepared the design plans.

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Volume’s proposal also includes basement level car parking featuring a turntable system and car stackers.

The 403sq m site, located at 23-29 Bridge Road in Richmond is located on the corner of Bridge Road and Moorhouse Street, with an 18 metre frontage to Bridge Road. Volume has requested the demolition of the current single-storey commercial building on the site. The site is approximately 1.4km from the Melbourne CBD and acts as a “gateway” to the Bridge Road Major Activity Centre.

According to the proposal, the podium is formed by a dark brick façade and construction that seeks to echo the heavier brick and masonry in older buildings along Bridge Road. The upper section of the building “reflects the lightest elements of the building”, primarily employing a bronze reflective glass façade.

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The building’s plans and features have been measured against the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) guidelines, which means the developer will seek a green building with naturally ventilated apartments, thermal fabric to reduce heating and cooling energy consumption, solar boosted gas hot water system. Water efficient fixtures and a 6,000-litre rainwater tank will harvest rainwater from the roof.

The Richmond project will be the developers second undertaking following their 29-apartment Malvern East project designed by boutique architecture firm Architects Eat. Construction is expected to be commence on the 1009-1011 Dandenong Road project early this year.

The City of Yarra will make a decision based on the proposal going ahead sometime after 1 February.

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