Wednesday 11. May, 2016

Crown Re-Submits Bid for Even Taller Tower in Melbourne

James Packer’s Crown Resorts has amended its application for a hotel and apartment complex in Southbank in Melbourne. The amendment seeks approval for a tower that is even taller than the supersized complex that was originally planned.

If approved, the Southbank apartment building will stand at 323m and will be 26m taller than Eureka Tower (at 297m) and 4m taller than the originally planned development. The tower will have 28 more apartments than the number planned in October, taking it up to 708 units.

There is significant opposition to the development and Crown’s official permit application requests an exemption from the Melbourne CBD height controls, reasoning that the complex is of state significance.

In the application, Crown stated that the complex would become “internationally recognised as an icon of the Melbourne skyline and enhance the city’s recognition and appeal as a tourist destination.”

“The hotel will also feature an observation deck with rooftop dining, bar, wedding venue and gardens over multiple levels to provide the public and visitors with panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline.”

In addition, Crown is planning a sky bridge – a glass and metal walkway – over Queens Bridge Street that will connect the new building to its existing complex. While sky bridges are not permitted under current planning, there have been numerous exceptions granted in the past. Crown has partnered with developer Schiavello and are using the same British architects as they are using for their Barangaroo tower development in Sydney.

“Crown’s application has been received and the minister will take the time needed to consider the proposal,” said a spokesperson for Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Before being decided by the Planning Minister, the proposal will be assessed by state planning officers, the City of Melbourne and the state architect.

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