Green Public Spaces and City History Prominent in Urban Development: Wesley Place, Melbourne
Session: Track B, Session 2: Urban Habitat Award: District/Master Plan
Head of Development - Office, Charter Hall
Director, Cox Architecture
Wesley Place seamlessly blends innovation with legacy to set a new benchmark for commercial developments. It is one of the largest and innovative urban renewal developments in Melbourne featuring commercial workspace that merges business and lifestyle. It comprises of the premium grade commercial tower, 130 Lonsdale, A-Grade commercial tower 150 Lonsdale Street, currently under redevelopment and a soon to be completed A-Grade commercial tower, 140 Lonsdale Street. Designed for unique corporate needs and cultures, each tower encompasses its own diverse features, and are connected by the public urban park.
Wesley Place features expansive private and public commercial spaces, integrated with an activated public domain for commercial tenants and the local community to enjoy. Generous public open space – unusual for a CBD development – where 45% of the ground plane (5,000 square meters) is landscaped. It is also home to several heritage buildings, including Wesley Church, one of the city’s earliest examples of the Gothic Revival style along with four other historical buildings, namely the Manse, the School House, the Caretaker's Cottage and Nicholas Hall. The heritage Manse building is integrated into 130 Lonsdale’s lobby, delivering unique character to the commercial office tower. A lobby café and barista bar is also integrated with Wesley Place’s broader retail precinct.