According to the latest news, Crown Resorts’ bid to raise Australia’s tallest skyscraper will go on as per plan. The Victorian government has rubber stamped the project, to be built right next to the existing Crown Casino that lies on Melbourne’s south bank.
This skyscraper which is an artist’s rendition of the One Queensbridge is set to dominate the Melbourne skyline once completed in the year 2023.
Premier Daniel Andrews has rightly called the project “a bold transformation of Melbourne’s skyline.” And he is not wrong. This tall building that is going to be 323 meters tall and over 90 stories high, this six star hotel will dominate the city’s landscape even eclipsing the Eureka tower by a neat 26 meter, and also the proposed Australia 108 by 3 meters.
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This is not all, this new skyscraper will also beat Queensland Number One – Australia’s current tallest building by 500 cm.
But as Andrews quoted, it is not just about the height, there is more to it!
This is a very, very special project and it is much more than just being the tallest building in the country. The quality of this design outcome is what makes this project special, particularly the public realm benefits that will be easily accessible to all Victorians,” he told The Australian. “This project has been carefully considered and planned,” He added
This $1.33 billion project, which will be named One Queensbridge, will have close 388 hotel rooms and 708 plush residential apartments. The project will also feature a beautiful rooftop bar, several restaurants, and also retail & office space.
Though there will be no gaming options, it will be well connected to its neighboring Crown Casino via a footbridge.
Crown has said that construction is slated to begin as early as next year, and the project is planned to be complete by the end of 2023.
Despite the latest planning restrictions established by the Victorian government in the year 2015, which state that a building must not exceed a height that is more than 24 times the size of the plot it is built on, the project will proceed.
An exception may be made, however, if the building is deemed to be of “state significance,” which is why planning minister Richard Wynne, the planning minister was very eager to highlight the many economic benefits of the development, as the latest policies state that an exception to the rule can be made if the building is of state significance.
Wynne said that the project is likely to contribute approximately $1.61 billion to the state economy, and the developers Crown and Schiavello will be paying an extra $76.57 million towards the redevelopment of the local area. It is also likely to create close to 4,000 temporary and permanent jobs.
However, the City Councillor of Melbourne Rohan Leppert said that the decision to give planning permission “makes an utter mockery” of the rules.
“Two solid years of extensive research, public consultation, and detailed policy work on the new planning controls are belittled when Crown comes knocking on the government’s door for permission!” Leppert quoted to The Age in an interview.