■■ TRIBECA APARTMENTS
Various Clients: BGC Development
Cost: $47.1 million
Location: The Springs, Rivervale
Taking its name from the Tribeca area of New York that typiﬁes urban cool, BGC Development’s series of Tribeca apartments sets a new benchmark for apartment living.
- Tribeca East: comprising 75 apartments and 10 terrace homes;
- Tribeca South: comprising 72 apartments; and
- Tribeca North (‘The Residences’): comprising 44 apartments due for completion in mid-2019.
Rowe Group’s knowledge of the locality and of the relevant planning framework has been played a key role in our successful approach in securing the three major development approvals for BGC Development’s series of Tribeca residential apartments. The prevailing planning framework operates on a performance basis which provided us with the scope to secure approvals for a range of innovative design outcomes that meet client objectives, satisfy the principles behind applicable planning controls and take into account the specific conditions of development sites.
for a range of innovative design outcomes that meet client objectives, satisfy the principles behind applicable planning controls and take into account the specific conditions of development sites.
The primary planning control for development within The Springs is a set of Design Guidelines, which incorporate Detailed Area Plans (now known as ‘Local Development Plans’) for individual development sites. These controls are broad and principle based – they cannot, by nature, take into account the nuances and specific conditions of each individual development site.
In applying for development approval, it has therefore been necessary to seek a number of variations to the ‘deemed-to-comply’ criteria of the Guidelines / Detailed Area Plans. Rowe Group has successfully argued for such variations on the basis that the development application is, notwithstanding any proposed variations, consistent with the underlying principles of the planning controls. These variations have allowed optimum design outcomes to be implemented including greater access to sunlight for north-facing dwellings, better vehicle access and egress to and from the site, greater height, greater plot ratio, parking concessions and greater site cover.
With respect to site cover and plot ratio in particular, the outcomes achieved reflect Rowe Group’s view that plot ratio, as a built form control tool, is limited in scope and value. It is far more important (and useful) to agree on a built form and aesthetic outcome for a development site in the first instance – and whatever plot ratio might be achieved within that form is a secondary consideration.
Rowe Group has successfully obtained approval for all the development applications it has lodged within The Springs. This has been assisted by the positive relationship we have developed with the City of Belmont and the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel. Our pragmatic and proactive approach is helping to convert planned outcomes into on-ground results in the form of three high-end apartment buildings, known as Tribeca South, East and North.