Refinement of design
The refined design for Apple's Global Flagship Store has been submitted to the Minister for Planning and DELWP for endorsement.
The refined design more appropriately responds to existing buildings in the Square and comes after a number of design refinement workshops undertaken with a Steering Committee that was formed to guide the process.
Before approving the revised concept plans, the Minister for Planning will consult further with Melbourne City Council, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, Federation Square Pty Ltd and Transport for Victoria.
Melbourne City Council Engagement
The Lord Mayor was briefed before the announcement of the project in December 2017 and following the announcement, Melbourne City Council has been briefed more fully by DEDJTR and DELWP.
Melbourne City Councillors were also briefed by Jill Garner, the Victorian Government Architect, and Professor Donald Bates, original Federation Square architect partner.
In response to the issues raised by the council, a Steering Committee was formed to develop agreed design principles and provide feedback throughout the design refinement process. The Steering Committee included representatives from the council, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, Professor Donald Bates, Federation Square P/L, DEDJTR and DELWP.
The Steering Committee undertook four design workshops from February to May 2018, which included presentations from Professor Donald Bates on the original iteration of Federation Square's design and Foster + Partners (Apple's designer) on its concept design evolution.
Details of the original planning approval, including concept plans 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.
The design principles agreed by the Steering Committee are available on the DEDJTR website.
The proposed revised concept plans submitted to the Minister for Planning on 20 July 2018 are available on the DELWP and DEDJTR websites.
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