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701 Station Street, Box Hill

Planning

701 Station Street

Box Hill
  • Project Manager

    ProManage Vic P/L

  • Council

    City of Whitehorse

  • Location

    701 Station Street, Box Hill

  • Contact

    Travis Finlayson

Development Summary

The approved project comprises a 12 storey mixed-use development with 240 square metres of office floor space and 73 apartments consisting of a mix of 37 one bedroom apartments and 36 two bedroom apartments located within the Box Hill Central Activities Area.
The project team worked closely with Whitehorse Council to achieve an excellent development outcome on a modest 660 square metre site that required a skilful architectural response that presented attractively but also managed equitable development sharing and internal amenity for future residents.

City West Police Complex

Traffic

Spencer Street

Melbourne CBD
  • Client

    CBUS (Australian Super Developments)

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

    Cnr La Trobe & Spencer Streets, Melbourne CBD

  • Contact

    Russell Fairlie

Development Summary

ratio:consultants has provided on-going advice to Cbus and the lead consultants who are charged with design and delivery of the project. Inputs have included traffic impact assessment of the proposal, design of parking and vehicular access facility for a range of Victoria Police vehicles, functional design of easements, and consultation with road and transport authorities. 

Project Characteristics

We used a consultative approach to address the unique requirements of Victoria Police, develop access arrangements and minimise traffic impacts.

Cnr. Chapel St. and Toorak Rd.

Planning

Cnr. Chapel St. and Toorak Rd.

South Yarra
  • Client

    LK Property Group

  • Council

    City of Stonnington

  • Location

    Corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road.

  • Contact

    David Crowder

Development Summary

Ratio is pleased to advise that the highest building outside Melbourne’s city centre has been approved, with VCAT giving its approval for the 50-storey Capitol Grand development at the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra.

The building, designed by Bates Smart architects, will have 450 apartments and luxury retail tenancies at podium level.
The proposal was rejected by Stonnington councillors, despite Ratio and other members of the consultant team working closely with Council staff to gain a positive officer’s recommendation. Ratio also appeared before an Independent Panel for the “Chapel re-Vision’ amendment, submitting that the site should be formally identified as being suitable for an ‘architectural landmark’ and ‘urban marker’ development.
The approved building, which will be iconic, slender and sculptured, will be an architectural landmark for South Yarra, and the catalyst for the rejuvenation and revitalisation of the northern end of Chapel Street.

20-22 Queens Road, Melbourne

Planning

20-22 Queens Road

Melbourne
  • Client

    JD Group Pty Ltd

  • Council

    Port Phillip City Council

  • Location

    20-22 Queens Road, Melbourne

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 17-storey iconic residential building, including 269 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, over basement level parking on Queens Road opposite the regionally significant Albert Park.

Project Characteristics

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey residential building.
Ratio worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects Pty Ltd through the design development stage to realise the approval of an iconic development of architectural excellence.
Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay recommending a 40.0 metre maximum building height for the site.
The challenge for the team was to convince VCAT of the merit of a taller building on this strategic development site. Following detailed negotiations with Council and objectors, the application was ultimately supported by VCAT, with an “on the spot” approval granted by in May 2015. Despite the recommended 40.0 metre height restriction for the site, the Tribunal was supportive of a development with a maximum height of 54.22 metres.