First sod for Seafarers tower

First sod for Seafarers tower
Carol Saffer

On February 2, Lord Mayor Sally Capp turned the first sod on the Seafarers project at Northbank – the city’s newest precinct located on the north bank of the Yarra River, between the CBD and Docklands.

The 18-storey development by Riverlee will include 120 luxury hotel-branded residences atop 277 guest rooms, as part of Australia’s first 1 Hotel & Homes from SH Hotels & Resorts.

Close by the heritage-listed Goods Shed No.5 and its conspicuous travelling crane are a part of Seafarers Rest, Melbourne’s newest 3500 sqm public park.

Transforming a forgotten yet historical plot of waterside land into a riverside precinct, Seafarers Rest will form part of the “Maritime Precinct”, providing a new public space that highlights Melbourne’s significant maritime heritage which will also include the council’s Greenline project designed to connect Northbank with the CBD.

Construction has been made possible through the private-public partnership between Riverlee, the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and is expected to be completed in mid-2024 •

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