Government took advice from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA)
regarding potential change within Federation Square and design consideration of
the Apple proposal. The OVGA is
supportive of the proposed redevelopment of the Square.
Government engaged with Professor Donald Bates, original Federation Square
design partner, to understand his views and to incorporate his feedback into
consideration of the proposed design.
for Planning's amendment requires Apple to undertake design refinement and
provides for consultation with Melbourne City Council in determining an
appropriate final design prior to any development works in the Square.
Initial Melbourne City Council Engagement
The Lord Mayor was briefed before the announcement of
the project and following the announcement, Melbourne City Council has been
briefed more fully by DEDJTR and DELWP.
Melbourne City Councillors have also been briefed by
Jill Garner, the Victorian Government Architect, and Professor Donald Bates, the
original Federation Square architect.
In response to the issues raised by the City of
Melbourne, a Steering Committee has been formed to provide feedback throughout
the design development process. The Steering
Committee includes representatives from Melbourne City Council, the Office of
the Victorian Government Architect, Federation Square P/L and DELWP.
The Steering Committee has had an initial workshop
where Donald Bates presented on the original iteration of Federation Square's
design and Foster & Partners (Apple's designer) presented on its concept
design evolution. At this workshop
design principles to guide the further development of a concept design were
Details of the proposal and the planning approval, including detailed drawings and the reasons for the decision, are available at the planning schemes online website.
Information on the benefits of the project and the decision process are available on the DEDJTR website.
design principles agreed by the Steering Committee are are available on the DEDJTR website.
Further information will be provided through DELWP and Federation Square websites.
Final detailed design consideration
At completion of the design development process (ie
after Steering Committee review), Apple's detailed development plans will be
submitted to DELWP for endorsement.
The Minister for Planning will also then again consult
with Melbourne City Council, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect,
Federation Square and Transport for Victoria.