Lend Lease Breaks Ground on M-F Project in Australia’s Greenest District

The second phase in the Convesso Concavo waterfront luxury residential project in Melbourne has broken ground and is expected to complete in December 2015 or early 2016.

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Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour will soon gain another residential high-rise, the 238-unit Concavo. The second phase in the Convesso Concavo waterfront luxury residential project has broken ground and is expected to complete in December 2015 or early 2016. Upon groundbreaking Concavo was 70 percent pre-sold, with prices starting at $850,000 (AUD 902,000).The project’s first phase, Convesso, completed in August 2012 and is on the brink of being sold out.

Developed by Lend Lease, Convesso Concavo is a two-tower green luxury condominium project, located on the Victoria Harbour waterfront on Burke Street, comprising close to 302,000 square feet of residential space and close to 5,000 square feet of retail space. The residential element contains one-to three-bedroom luxury condominiums such as include single story and double story condo units, penthouses and Marina Homes. The latter are large, up to 1,095-square-foot condo units, located building’s lowline, directly connected to the harbor, designed to feel as freestanding homes.  Units feature expansive windows to maximize natural light, balconies or decks, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, high-end fixtures and expansive views.  All condos come with at least one parking spot included in their price.

The project’s two towers share luxury amenities that include a 82-foot long pool, spa, sauna, fitness center, treatment room, business center and boardroom, cinema, landscaped sky garden complete barbeque area and entertainment facilities, residents lounge, 24-hour concierge service, and a boutique hotel style lobby. A sky bridge connects building amenity levels. Convesso Concavo has a 4 Star Green Star rating. Phase one of the project was Australia’s first luxury residential project to receive the 4 Star Green Star rating.

Created by award-winning architecture firm Bates Smart, Convesso Concavo is part of Lend Lease’s Victoria Harbour development, which contains Australia’s largest concentration of green buildings. Other residential Lend Lease projects in Victoria Harbour include Exo, Serrato and Forte, the world’s tallest timber multi-family building and Australia’s greenest residential building.

Located on the western edge of Melbourne’s CBD, Victoria Harbour is part of Melbourne’s Docklands – a 470-acre urban renewal project kicked off in 2000. Docklands is projected to have attracted $8.32 billion (AUD 8.8 billion) in private investments by the end of 2013.

Victoria Harbour is also one of 18 worldwide projects in the C40 Climate Leadership Groups’ Climate Positive Development Program, which launched in 2009 in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative and U.S. Green Building Council. The program comprises district-scale new-build and regeneration projects striving for climate positive (net carbon negative) outcomes. Projects must be high-density, zoned mixed-use with highly efficient buildings and have a high transit accessibility mark.