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Plans for large rooftop “oasis” at Southbank Promenade

David Schout

Under-utilised rooftop space at a prominent Southbank location would be transformed into “a green oasis with views back towards the city” under new plans from developer Mirvac.

The group has released its vision to transform 2000 square metres of space — larger than four basketball courts — atop two Riverside Quay buildings into a vibrant venue that would become “the crowning glory for the precinct”.

The significant space would offer views directly down into Southbank Promenade, the Yarra River and across towards Melbourne’s CBD.

Mirvac general manager office Andrew Butler said the proposal reflected its confidence in the Melbourne market.

“We are excited to see Melbourne returning to its former glory,” he said.

“This rooftop venue will be the crowning glory for the precinct, adding an incredibly unique and unparalleled attraction to an already popular destination.”

Mr Butler said the new rooftop venue, if approved, would be a boon for the local area.

 

We are constantly investing in our assets and looking for ways to deliver great amenities and outcomes for customers and the wider community by reimagining urban life. This rooftop venue is set to deliver something really special to Riverside Quay and the Southbank precinct.

 

“We are looking forward to working with the City of Melbourne as we move through the planning process.”

Leading architect Fender Katsalidis has been appointed to create a design concept for the new venue.

Design concepts include an expansive, mature tree as a centrepiece to the new green rooftop urban oasis, and a new dedicated lift well between the two buildings for exclusive access to the venue.

Fender Katsalidis director Nicky Drobis said it was excited to be working on the project at the notable Southbank location.

“By responding to such a prime location, our design for the new venue will become a vibrant addition to this already popular dining and entertainment precinct,” Ms Drobis said.

“Our design will transform the venue into a green oasis with views back towards the city, contributing towards City of Melbourne’s plan for a greener skyline.”

As part of its Urban Forest Strategy, the City of Melbourne has encouraged developers to create greener rooftops across the city.

Mr Butler said the vision for a healthy urban forest aligned with Mirvac’s sustainability strategy.

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, Riverside Quay is a modern precinct comprising four low-rise buildings built in 1988.

The precinct was revitalised in 2018 to include a new flagship office building and a public park.

Further revitalisation of the waterfront introduced new dining options to “activate the area beyond the nine-to-five work day.”

Plans for the new rooftop venue will be submitted to the City of Melbourne •

 

Caption: The proposal includes plans to transform an area the size of four basketball courts into a new rooftop venue.

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