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18-22 Thomson St, South MelbourneSouth Melbourne
Fortis Development Group
18-22 Thomson St, South Melbourne
The use and development of a 6-storey retail and office building (over basement) and reduction in on-site car parking.
The subject site is located a stone’s throw away from Albert Park and within the growing St Kilda Road North Precinct of South Melbourne. The site comprises a total area of 493sq.m and includes a laneway abuttal to its immediate east which provides direct vehicular access. The land is located within the Commercial Zone – Schedule 1 allowing the uses to be “as-of-right”, whilst the predominant built form control affecting the site is the Design and Development Overlay – Schedule 26.
Designed by the award winning Ewert Leaf Architects, the development includes two levels of basement with 22 x car parking spaces and 24 x bicycle parking spaces, plus a high quality end-of-trip facility. Above basement, the development offers a spacious 227sq.m ground floor retail space with a unique sunken landscaped terrace. Levels 1 to 6 include open plan office spaces ranging between 303sq.m to 371sq.m, each provided with a dual-aspect orientation allowing for high levels of natural daylight. Levels 2-6 are also provided with a 21sqm terrace offering views over Albert Park and the Lake. Notably, a generous 336sq.m communal roof terrace has also been provided offering 360-degree views, with the landscaping and furnishings designed by Acre.
A key challenge for this project was to ensure enough NSA was achieved within the restrictive built form and height requirements of the Design and Development Overlay. This was overcome through proposing a partially sunken ground floor below natural ground level, which then allowed for an adequate number of levels to be achieved above within the building envelope.
This exciting project is scheduled to be completed in Q1 of 2023.