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    Melbourne's $1-billion 'mini city' to be largest mixed-use development outside CBD

    Nicholas Rider

    The Melbourne suburb of Clayton has been announced as the recipient of the largest mixed-use development the city has ever seen outside of the CBD.

    Designed by Buchan Group, the $1-billion ‘M-City Monash’ will sit on a 35,000sqm site. Being called a ‘city in miniature’, the development will include a range of residential buildings, commercial offices, retail space, entertainment amenities and a hotel. The chosen site is a 20-minute walk away from Monash University; important, as the growing influx of international students to Monash University are particular targets for the new precinct.

    The residential aspect of the development will be contained within three separate towers, as well as a smaller low-rise block. The hotel will be able to accommodate an additional 250 beds, as well as a conference centre and a ballroom. When residents and visitors aren’t in the mood for a ball, they will be able to pay visit to the separate cinema complex that is being built in M-City.

    The precinct’s office space will be housed within a nine-storey office tower, designed with triangular contours and a layered glass fa├žade.

    Other amenities for the mixed-used development consist of a pool and gym, landscaped gardens, tennis facilities, and a childcare centre.

    Stage one of M-City launches next month. The first stage will consist of the hotel, retail amenities and a 12-level apartment tower. The first of the three residential buildings will contain a total of 170 apartments in various configurations.

    Construction for this first phase is expected to begin later this year. The entire M-City project is due for completion in 2021. 

    Images: Schiavello

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