PDG’s New Southbank Project

29 Jul 2019

PDG has been selected by the City of Melbourne to develop a unique site in Southbank following a competitive submission process.

132 Kavanagh street, beside the Boyd Community Hub, will amalgamate many elements of Southbank – serving all who reside in, and visit, one of Melbourne’s most dynamic inner suburbs.

Southbank Overview

Southbank is one of Melbourne’s great cultural centres; a place of art and entertainment just beyond the CBD.

From marshland to industrial outlets keying into the first port of Melbourne, Southbank played a big role in shaping the legacy of our city. In 1968 – around a century after the first warehouses and factories in the area were built – the National Gallery Victoria opened its doors.

In the ‘80s, the arts precinct truly began to take shape. In the ‘90s the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino added to the rich offerings of the suburb.

Southbank is now a place of theatres, museums, galleries, entertainment, commerce and diverse lifestyles.

132 Kavanagh: A Vertical Village

The vision for this project is to create a vertical village with a green front door. A unique structure rising from park-like surrounds, bringing different elements together through congruent forms.

132 Kavanagh Street is conveniently located close to the border of Southbank and South Melbourne, providing a high level of walkability – complemented all that Southbank has on offer with fast access to the South Melbourne Market and Clarendon Street shopping, dining and nightlife.

A modern approach to community, the vertical village will comprise residential apartments, commercial spaces, a hotel, affordable housing and community facilities.

Green Spaces

With parks a short walk away, including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Southbank provides those seeking a stroll or workout with fantastic options.

In addition to these amazing and vibrant places, plans to add more green spaces to the suburb – including around the project’s site – ensure nature will never be out of sight for Southbank residents.

At Home with Heritage

132 Kavanagh is located beside the Boyd Community Hub, which is housed in a heritage building called the Boyd School.

Built in 1885 under Henry Bastow as State school 2686, the brick, Tudor Revival building is a testament to Victoria’s commitment to public education – and Bastow’s diligence in overseeing the design and development of hundreds of schools.

PDG has drawn inspiration from the Southbank and the site’s local character, including this impressive heritage building, ensuring harmony of space at 132 Kavanagh.

The Spirit of Southbank

132 Kavanagh will capture all that makes Southbank celebrated in a single location, providing a contemporary community to residents and exciting experiences for visitors.

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