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Amendment to Hancock St tower

08 May 2019

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Prominent local developer Salvo Property is seeking an amendment to its approved 35-storey residential tower at 35-51 Hancock St, Southbank.

Issued a planning permit by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) last year, the developer submitted an amended application to the City of Melbourne in April.

While reducing the number of floors from 35 to 34, the building would maintain its approved overall maximum height. It is also seeking to increase the height of the street-wall and podium to 80 metres at the western end of the building fronting Clarendon St and the first 25 metres of Hancock St.

However, the most significant change is the reduction in residential dwellings from 199 to 175, to make way for the inclusion of more than 2300 sqm of commercial office space across levels one to six.

The developer’s inclusion of office space reflects an ongoing trend in inner city development in what is currently a slow apartment market, particularly for high-end luxury apartments. The new application proposes 41 one-bedroom apartments, 133 two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment. Squillace Architects have also introduced additional communal space above the podium at level 27 and on the building’s rooftop. The rooftop includes two landscaped terrace areas with communal outdoor dining.

The architects have also revised architectural detailing and materiality throughout various components of the development, including subtle changes to the facade with the introduction of window boxes for visual depth. A new red window at the top corner of the facade has also been introduced.

In its application to the City of Melbourne, an introductory statement from Salvo Property outlined that the proposed alterations further enhanced the building’s design and added a sophistication that would help to further strengthen Southbank.

“The changes proposed to this development are targeted to meet the demand of the current and future needs including flexible commercial office space, high quality communal areas and a variety of apartment types,” it stated.

“Salvo Property Group remain a driving force of active development in Southbank with large-scale projects both currently under construction and future development forecast well into the future.”

Salvo Property’s local developments include Platinum and Bella on City Rd. Its latest development Palladium is currently under construction at 251 City Rd.

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