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196-202 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Planning

196-202 Burwood Road and 1-3 Drill Street

Hawthorn
  • Client

    JD Group P/L

  • Council

    City of Boroondara

  • Location

    196-202 Burwood Road & 1-3 Drill Street, Hawthorn

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 6-storey landmark mixed-use building, including ground level café tenancies, and 293 one, two, and three bedroom apartments over basement level parking.  

Project Characteristics

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey, mixed-use development on this prominent Hawthorn corner site.
ratio: worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects P/L through the design development stage to realise the approval of an iconic development of architectural excellence.
The significant size of the site presented a number of design challenges, however this led to the creation of a unique ‘S’ shaped building which includes two architecturally landscaped courtyards, one which spills out into the public realm of Drill Street.  Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Boroondara Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay including a mandatory 18.0 metre maximum building height for the site, and discretionary rear setback requirements. 
The project team worked closely with Council to achieve a conditional approval at Council level.  Whilst a conditions appeal was pursued by the applicant, a mediated outcome was achieved between Council, objections and the applicant.  This positive outcome was reflective of the hard work undertaken by the project team to achieve an excellent built form outcome for the site.  Of reference, Council’s urban design officer described the development as a “high-quality architectural design response and competent piece of architecture that is cleverly conceived and finely executed”.

The Eagle [Stadium] Has Landed

Traffic

35 Ballan Road

Werribee
  • Client

    City of Wyndham

  • Council

    City of Wyndham

  • Location

    35 Ballan Road, Werribee

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Development Summary

As in all rapidly-growing outer-suburban parts of Melbourne, the City of Wyndham is facing an explosion in demand for sporting and recreation facilities. The Council recently commenced a major expansion of its Ballan Road Sports and Fitness Centre (refer map), doubling the number of indoor basketball courts and including updated Child Care and fitness facilities. On-site car parking was planned for expansion to about 700 spaces, with extra provision for buses.

With an expected doubling of traffic demand, extra traffic access capacity off Ballan Road was needed. To accommodate that, as well as growth in general traffic along Ballan Road generated by new residential subdivisions, a new signalised intersection was required. 

Project Characteristics

ratio: worked with the Project Architect [Williams Ross] to prepare an overall Traffic and Parking Plan for the expansion project. That involved extended negotiations with VicRoads to ensure that the new intersection would provide safely and efficiently for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

As shown above, the buildings and site-works are close to complete and the facilities will soon be occupied. The new signalised intersection is already fully operational  

1026 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Planning

1026-1030 Doncaster Road

Doncaster
  • Client

    JD Group P/L

  • Council

    City of Manningham

  • Location

    1026-1030 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 6-storey residential building, including 106 one, two and three bedroom apartments over basement level parking.  The development is designed to front both Doncaster Road and Blackburn Road. 

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey residential building.
ratio: worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects P/L through the design development stage to realise the approval of a high quality residential development of architectural excellence.
Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Manningham Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay recommending a 11.0 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. The application was ultimately supported by VCAT, with approval granted in May 2016. Despite the recommended 11.0 metre height restriction for the site, the Tribunal was supportive of a development with a maximum overall height of 16.72 metres.

1048 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon

Planning

1048-1060 Mt Alexander Road

Essendon
  • Architect

    Clarke Hopkins Clarke

  • Council

    Moonee Valley Council

  • Location

    1048-1060 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

ratio: was pleased to be involved with an application designed by Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects for a seven (7) storey mixed use building containing ground level shop and 95 apartments, including a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

Ratio: worked diligently with Council to obtain officer support. As a result of this hard work, the Councillors supported the application at a full Council meeting.

Despite an appeal being lodged by objectors, ratio: was again able to negotiate with the neighbours to ensure the matter was resolved at a compulsory conference, avoiding the need for a full hearing.

The challenges that surrounded the development were largely around the height of the building being 2 storeys above the existing Design and Development Overlay, which recommends a maximum height of 5 storeys, as well s constraints created by existing adjoining developments.