The developer has already gained approval for a commercial/retail building at the Collins Street site, as the first of seven commercial and residential buildings in the pipeline.

Planning of new apartments in the Melbourne CBD and fringe areas continues unabated, as reports emerge of Lendlease gaining approval for 1,693 new units at their Dockland’s ‘Melbourne Quarter’ site. The report accompanied figures showing only 1% of the developer’s units had defaulted, a result reflecting the health of the Melbourne market.

The developer has already gained approval for a commercial/retail building at the Collins Street site, as the first of seven commercial and residential buildings in the pipeline. To be known as One Melbourne Quarter, the 25,000-sqm net lettable building already has its first tenant, engineering firm Arup, who, with Lendlease and architects Denton Corker Marshall, are collaborating to achieve ‘sustainability, wellbeing and construction efficiencies’ in the new building.

Together with a new Collins Street retail plaza, a new Melbourne laneway connecting Collins Street and Flinders Street, a ‘Skypark’ elevated above Collins Street, and a position directly across from Southern Cross Station, Lendlease are aiming to claim the title of ‘the new commercial heart of the world’s most liveable city’. 

The commercial towers will be complemented by a retail hub and an array of residential apartments across three new towers. Designed by Fender Katsalidis, the development will house 3,000 new residents with the first, East Tower, to include three floors of resort-style amenities, such as private dining spaces, a library, private theatre, gym, yoga studio, spa, sauna and a 25-metre indoor pool.