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Approval for final tower

05 Mar 2015

Walker Corporation has received planning approval for the final building in its Collins Square development, despite opposition from neighbouring residents.

The building will be constructed at the corner of Batman’s Hill Drive and McCrae St, next to Village Docklands.

Walker Corporation chairman Lang Walker said the company was “delighted” to gain approval for the next tower at Collins Square.

“The Victorian Government is showing strong commitment to the development of the state’s economy and property sector, while supporting us in creating one of the largest mixed-use commercial and retail developments ever undertaken in Melbourne’s CBD,” Mr Walker said.

As reported by Docklands News last year, residents of Village Docklands oppose the building and say it will cause disruptions to traffic flow, will overshadow their building and pool area and will block resident’s views.

Speaking at the Docklands Community Forum on February 25, Village Docklands resident Janine Standfield also highlighted concerns about pedestrian safety, which she says have resulted from the entire Collins Square development.

“The only building approved so far under Minister Wynne is the Walker building, despite so many misgivings,” Ms Standfield said.

“How can a building go ahead when there are such serious pedestrian and safety issues, apart from the impact on the building next to it?” she questioned.

Two of the five Collins Square towers have been completed, along with the former Goods Shed and lantern building. The KPMG tower is currently under construction.

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