Providing services in town and regional planning, traffic engineering, sustainable transportation planning, urban design and waste management.
Pallas House Melbourne, 67-69 Palmerston Crescent, South MelbourneSouth Melbourne
Fortis Development Group
City of Port Phillip
The development of an 8-storey retail and office building (over basement) and reduction in on-site car parking. Ratio assisted the project team with technical planning, traffic and waste engineering advice.
The subject site is located on the fringe of the city within the St Kilda Road North Precinct of South Melbourne. An area experiencing a high level of both residential and commercial growth. The site itself is 592sq.m in area and conveniently includes a laneway abuttal to the immediate east and south. The commercially zoned site is affected by the Design and Development Overlay – Schedule 26 and the Special Building Overlay, the latter of which presented a range of challenges in needing to comply with Melbourne Waters flood mitigation requirements.
The site had previously been issued a permit for a residential building of similar height and envelope and therefore our client, on the advice of Ratio, was able to lodge via a Section 72 Amendment. This approach greatly assisted in expediting the process and reducing planning timeframes. The amended architectural design of the building evolved through an in-house design competition held by Ewert Leaf Architects, with the selected winners working collaboratively with the developer to achieve a bold and elegant building which sits comfortably within the streetscape. The building capitalises on CBD views and includes over 1,900sq.m of high-quality commercial space, as well a flexible ground floor retail offering and a large landscaped communal rooftop terrace.
On-site car parking has been optimised by the use of semi-automatic car stackers in independent tandem formation accessed directly via the abutting laneway. A total of 24 car parking spaces are proposed on-site for the office and retail uses, including two spaces allocated for ‘car share’ vehicles. A generous provision of bicycle parking and associated end of trip facilities will encourage the use of sustainable transport modes. The development will also benefit by the construction of the nearby Anzac Railway Station as part of the current construction of the Metro Tunnel works.