took advice from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA)
regarding potential changes within Federation Square and design consideration
of the Apple proposal. The OVGA is supportive of the proposed
redevelopment of the Square.
engaged with Professor Donald Bates, an original Federation Square design
partner, to understand his views and to incorporate his feedback into
consideration of the proposed design.
The site specific
planning controls approved by the Minister for Planning for the project
requires Apple to undertake detailed design and provides for consultation with
Melbourne City Council (and other stakeholders) in determining an appropriate
final design prior to any development commences in the Square.
Initial 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.
Councillors have also been briefed by Jill Garner, the Victorian Government
Architect, and Professor Donald Bates, the original Federation Square architect
and by the Apple design team.
In response to
the issues raised by the City of Melbourne, a Steering Committee was formed to
provide feedback throughout the design refinement process. The Steering
Committee included representatives from Melbourne City Council, the Office of
the Victorian Government Architect, Federation Square Pty Ltd and DELWP.
Committee 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 agreed.
Design refinement considerations
Details of the
proposal and the planning approval, including detailed drawings and the reasons
for the decision, were made available at the planning schemes online website.
beginning of 2018, workshops and consultation involving the Victorian
Government, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, Melbourne City
Council, original Fed Square architect Professor Donald Bates, Fed Square
Management and Apple were undertaken to consider design refinements to the
original concept drawings for the Apple Global Flagship Store.
On 20 July, 2018,
at the completion of the design refinement process (ie after Steering Committee
review), Apple's revised concept plans were submitted to the Minister for Planning
The Minister for
Planning then again consulted with Melbourne City Council, the Office of the
Victorian Government Architect, Federation Square and Transport for Victoria.
The Minister for
Planning, after considering all stakeholder comments, consented to the revised concept
plans, subject to modifications to the landscape plan, upper level terrace,
screen façade and profile of the structural steelwork.