By Isabelle Harris
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has issued planning approval for new public open space as part of Charter Hall’s Wesley Place development.
In helping to address a significant lack of green space in the CBD, the 5000 sqm public space is designed to allow workers to “gather, relax and recharge in nature.”
Charter Hall regional development director Simon Stockfeld said, “when it [the new development] opens in mid-2020, the space will create a sanctuary in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.”
Food and beverage retail is included in the development, as well as lawn space and native flora alongside elm trees and an existing heritage-listed 140-year-old olive tree.
Outdoor technology, including power outlets, public Wi-Fi, QR code-enabled historical educational plaques and solar-powered smart bins will also be included.
An interactive educational plaque trail will allow visitors to read about the location’s history.
This is especially important given the historical location and proximity to sites such as the Wesley Uniting Church on Lonsdale St.
Historically significant buildings in the area are also being restored as part of the project.
Director of landscape architects OCULUS Bob Earl said the team had incorporated the layout and history of the area into the development.
“The buildings and variation in textures will be used to connect the new with the old,” Mr Earl said •