By Meg Hill
Despite COVID-19’s interruption to Melbourne’s international student world, a new development application is seeking to demolish a number of buildings to build a 28-storey student accommodation building.
Accord Property has submitted the $70 million proposal to the City of Melbourne, seeking to demolish the existing buildings at 192-204 A’Beckett St to accommodate up to 665 students.
The site is currently home to a hostel, bar and travel agency in a six-storey building and a two-storey brick substation.
A planning approval was issued earlier this year for a 27-storey student accommodation building at 192-200 A’Beckett St. The new application is seeking to expand the development slightly.
The application stated, “The site is well positioned for student accommodation and builds on the recent approval at 192-200 A’Beckett St, being located within walking distance of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (“RMIT”), the University of Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market, Flagstaff Gardens and the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.”
“The economic benefit of co-location that flow from student facilities in close proximity to educational institutions is well documented.”
“The proposed development represents a proper synthesis of strategic policy and urban design/architectural outcomes consistent with the aspirations of the ‘Knowledge City’ policy framework.”
The development also proposes the basement hold an arcade games room, media cinema room, gym and yoga room. The ground floor would comprise of bike storage, shared spaces, a bike workshop, communal recreation room, study room, communal lounge and other amenities •