The application was lodged in late January and last month a public notice, as required under the Heritage Act, about the plans for the site was advertised both in the media and on-site.
The proposal from Leighton Properties includes a 55,000 square metre A Grade commercial office building, to achieve both 5 Star Green Star GBCA and 5 Star NABERS ratings, with associated sustainability initiatives across the site, and a number of courtyard and garden spaces that will encourage connection, meeting, dining, rest and contemplation.
A dynamic new Town Square will be at the heart of the development as well as the restoration and re-imagination of the supporting heritage buildings into a vibrant new retail, food and beverage precinct with a mix of cafes and casual dining outlets.
Leighton Properties is working closely with Heritage Victoria, the State Government and relevant authorities throughout the planning stage to ensure optimal town planning and heritage outcomes are achieved for the project.
The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania and the developer share a common goal to ensure the architectural and social significance of the Church and its supporting buildings is retained and the commercial development is sensitive to the cultural significance and complements the existing buildings.