New tower on Victoria St

Melbourne developer Perri Projects is applying to build a 25-storey mixed-use tower at 23-29 Victoria St.

The proposed building, designed by Woods Bagot, will replace the existing service station at the northern CBD site bordering Carlton.

The 86m tower will include a total of 86 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, two ground-level retail tenancies and 539sqm of office space on the podium levels.

The building site borders Victoria and MacKenzie streets and the north-facing apartments and offices will enjoy relatively unblocked views of Carlton.

The potential new building’s height is in contrast to the ultra-high rise skyscrapers immediately to its south as well as to the low-rise Victorian style houses to its north.

The external design features a mix of white concrete, bluestone metal cladding, Flemish bond brick and clear glazing.

The developer and architect also propose to activate public space on MacKenzie and Victoria streets through ground-floor retail shops and a new through-building laneway.

The western end of the site is adjacent to the heritage-listed Horticultural Hall and to the north is a two-storey commercial building at 394 Russell St constructed in the late 19th century.

The podium height of the new building will match the parapet height of the Horticultural Hall and the 394 Russell St building and the tower will be set back 1.5m above the podium to separate it from the two low-rise buildings and maintain the prominence of the Horticultural Hall.

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