A big year in CBD planning is coming up

Welcome to 2016 and my favourite time of the year when the sun is out and the city is abuzz with activity as the Australian Open rolls through town.

It’s set to be another big year in planning for Melbourne as various projects will begin to rise further and further into the sky while others are just gearing up.

Chief amongst planning news is the pre-Christmas submission of a Zaha Hadid and Plus Architecture designed residential building at 582-606 Collins St on behalf of proponent Landream.

The 54-storey proposal is set to include retail, commercial and resident components with a diverse range of apartment typologies and the promise – “the built form seeks to align with the new CBD planning reforms introduced by Planning Minister Richard Wynne”.

The site sits between the recently completed 568 Collins St and Liberty Tower (620 Collins St) on the Collins and Spencer streets intersection. It joins a host of other towers proposed along the western edge of town such as the multi-tower Upper West Side and West Side Place developments, Premier Tower and 640 Bourke St.

In other news, the City of Melbourne has removed two entrants from the race to secure the right to develop the prized Munro site which forms part of the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment. Located at the corner of Queen and Therry streets, the development site, which is expected to accommodate a 200-metre residential tower, is now a race of three.

PDG Corporation and Cbus Property along with Hansen Yuncken have been named as the developers vying for the rights to develop the site. Traditionally a construction contractor, Hansen Yuncken shapes as a surprise contender given it has not made its reputation as a developer. A final decision is set to be made by the middle of the year.

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