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MEA Office & Retail development

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Multi-pronged commercial development that retains a heritage fa├žade.

Following a few successful years of trading in inner city South Melbourne, we took a leap of suburban faith and embarked on a multi-pronged development in the main strip of fashionable Elwood. Realising that architects do not need valuable ground floor exposure, we proposed a separate retail space to the ground floor, studio to the first floor with an associated second floor residence. The residence could ultimately be used as overflow office area which describes its present use.

Overcoming fierce objections by a few determined neighbours we secured planning permission while avoiding VCAT. We were responsible for all planning liaison with the Responsible Authority - this is the case with most of the work undertaken in the City of Port Phillip and City of Bayside.

Overall, we have created a building built for the long haul in terms of its exposure to the nearby coastline, investment streams and workability. This project proved it is possible for an architect to wear the hat of a developer.

The project won a certificate of commendation in the 2009 Dulux colour awards for best commercial interior.