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North Wharf building revealed

02 Nov 2011

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Asset1 WTC has revealed its intentions for a 14-storey commercial building between Flinders St and Shed 5 at North Wharf.

The developer believes the proposal is sympathetic with the adjacent heritage-listed Mission to Seafarers building and Shed 5.

Asset 1 WTC chief operating officer Gavin Boyd said the development included restoration of Shed 5 and would soon be revealed and submitted to the State Government for town planning input
and approval.

Mr Boyd said the proposal had been carefully designed to reflect the heritage significance of the former Australian Wharf building and historic crane, and rejuvenate the Seafarers Park and wharf frontages to create “a harmonious amenity” for the precinct.

“For many years the existing building has been derelict so, as part of our planning, we aim to restore the building to its original heritage and integrate the site to create a very high quality corporate environment and one which is inviting to the community,” Mr Boyd said.

Mission to Seafarers CEO Andrea Fleming said: “The Mission to Seafarers Victoria looks forward to neighbouring the new Shed 5 development and appreciates greatly WTC Asset 1’s support for the restoration also of the heritage-listed seafarers centre at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands.”

Asset1 WTC strategic director Philip Hill said the proposed development would enable water linkages to WTC to be activated.

The developer sees North Wharf as a cornerstone of the CBD grid, “alongside a sweeping bend in Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River, hugging the southern corner of Melbourne’s vibrant Docklands.”

“This unique corner of the city is one of the last precincts to be regenerated and presents a great opportunity to revive the city’s cornerstone.”

“The project provides an opportunity to become a visual icon for the western gateway to the city, a company-connected, destination-driven public place that fulfils Melbourne’s planning vision for the North Bank Precinct; a precinct that offers and provides an innovative mix of commercial and retail functions, public domain improvements for employees and visitors alike, convenient and equitable access, increased parkland connections, and a wider range of development uses within the city edge.”

“It is also perfectly situated next to the intersection of main roads, pedestrian and bicycle connections and major public transport routes.”

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Comments

  • Bryce Burridge at 11:19am on 03/11/11

    The building planned is way to big for this small site and will overpower and over shadow the goods shed as well as the mission the and the crane. What is wrong with leaving some green space north of the river?
  • Jan Lewis at 9:13pm on 09/11/11

    The 'artists' impression of the site and building is very misleading. The land between Shed 5 and Flinders St is very narrow to allow a 14 story building. Is allowing such an inappropriate development the only way of preserving the neighboring heritage buildings?
  • Peter James at 12:38pm on 10/11/11

    What a refresshing plan to develope one of Victorias famous land mark areas , and link up docklands , good on you WTC.
  • Jessica at 4:30pm on 02/02/12

    i ralely enjoy the idea of the planning pattern being interrupted on the peripheries by a somewhat arbitrary box. It implies that the patterned houses could go on indefinitely based upon physical boundaries, rather than intangible limits like property lines, etc.
  • Avril at 9:46pm on 07/03/12

    I agree with Jan and Bryce. I live on the 14th floor of the Flinders Wharf building and believe that I will be looking into an office block instead of the current view of the bend in the Yarra and the west gate bridge.
    Surely there is an architect with the creativity to come up with a building which doesn't lord over shed 5 and the iconic spherical Mission to Seafarers building.
  • Brian Simpson at 4:22pm on 05/09/12

    The main element of your “development” is yet another large building which in this case cuts off any view around the bend of the Yarra, up or downstream, thus losing a once in a generation opportunity to do something imaginative and attractive for our river.

    Where are the city planners in all this?

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