First glimpse at new stations

Last month saw the unveiling of the first images for the five new underground stations which will form the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

These images provided Melburnians with their first glimpses of the look and feel of the project which features twin 9km tunnels running through the heart of the city.

These were released as part of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) documents which are available for download from: http://melbournemetro.vic.gov.au/ees/documents.

Interested parties and individuals are invited to review and make submissions in response to the EES.

Meanwhile the city continues to be a hive of construction activity with cranes littered all across the Melbourne CBD skyline and more on the way.

Despite this, Urban Melbourne has observed a lull in the number of new applications being submitted to planning and a number of significant towers currently in limbo with no recent update.

These projects include Besgate’s two projects at 640 Bourke St (85-storeys/275m) and 140 King St (58-storeys/188m) respectively, 63 Exhibition St (67-storeys), 32-44 Flinders St (65-storeys/212m), 556-558 Lonsdale St (67-storeys/233m), 293-303 LaTrobe St, 293-303 LaTrobe St (66-storeys/213m), 280 Queen St (80-storeys/255m) and 441-451 Elizabeth St (49-storeys/157m).

What impact the interim planning controls have had on these is yet to be determined but, following the current cycle of residential construction, a breather may not be such a bad thing.

And finally a successful proponent is also likely to be announced this month for the first stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project dubbed the “Munro site”.

A mix of retail and a 70-storey / 200m+ residential tower is expected with the site being exempt from the current interim C262 controls and the soon to be introduced C270 controls which will supersede them. The remaining two bidding parties are PDG and Hansen Yuncken.

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