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Map showing the new development in Collingwood. With Perry Street in the north, Wellington Street and the existing residential tower at 240 Wellington Street in the west, Vere Street in the south and Dight street and the existing low-rise dwellings in the

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Technical reports

Acoustic report


Acoustic Logic has prepared a schematic design report which outlines the relevant acoustic criteria and in principle recommendations for the proposed development at the Collingwood site.

They conducted inspections on-site and found the primary noise source impacting the site will be noise generated from traffic movement on Wellington Street. They have applied relevant noise criteria for traffic noise based on standard AS2107:2016 including the project brief. Recommendations have been provided in J.4 and Appendix 2 of the schematic design report to comply with the nominated criteria.

The report also addresses the acoustic requirements of noise separation between apartments. Criteria for the development has been based on the National Construction Code and Greenstar requirements with recommended construction details for walls and floors provided in Appendix 1 of the schematic design report.

In addition, construction equipment for the development potentially impacts the amenity of future residents in the development and existing residential dwellings. To make sure amenity for residents is maintained, construction equipment shall be operated to ensure compliance with Victorian noise legislation (SEPP N-1).

Initial treatment and operational responsibilities have been provided in section G.6 of the schematic design report. Final acoustic options will be determined during the detailed design phase of the project.

Download the executive summary and the full schematic design report

Arborist report


120 trees were identified as part of the arborist report:

  • 33 planted Victorian native trees
  • 28 Australian native trees
  • 54 trees of exotic origins

The site falls within the City of Yarra Council Planning Scheme and is zoned as General Residential Zone - Schedule 3 (GRZ3). This means that a permit is required to remove any ‘significant’ tree. Significant trees have a trunk diameter of 40cm or more measured at the base or at 1.5 metres above ground level.

  • 44 trees require permits
  • 12 trees are street trees
  • 64 trees do not require a permit

The arborist gave a rating to the assessed trees based on the condition of the tree, including health and structure, as well as its amenity value. Please note that this rating by the arborist is different to the values placed on trees by other professions.

  • 9 trees received moderate A rating.
  • This means that they are prominent trees in fair or better condition. They have a moderate to long useful life expectancy. These trees are considered most suitable to retain.

  • 32 trees received a moderate B rating.
  • This means they are middle of the range and typical of the species. It’s worth retaining these trees.

  • 44 trees received a moderate C rating.
  • This means these trees are either of a small size or do not appear to be healthy. These trees can be considered suitable for retention, but they may require special management or additional space to grow into.

  • 30 trees received a low rating.
  • These trees display symptoms of decline and / or structural deficiencies. They do not generally warrant being an obstruction to the design objectives or outcomes. They may be retained depending on cost and space on site.

  • 5 trees were received a rating of very low due to being dead, being a weed species or because of hazard potential. These trees are generally unsuitable to retain.

The initial tree assessment report provides information on the tree population on this site, their value and the appropriate tree protection zones needed to preserve trees for the future site redevelopment.

Based on an initial review of the proposed design:

  • Approximately 29 trees exist within the construction impact zone and need to be removed.
  • 4 trees impact construction which extends into the roots which will result in poor tree health or failing due to excessive loss of roots.
  • 8 trees will have minor impacts on the tree protection zone and can maybe be kept. Modified tree protection fencing must be established and maintained during construction process to ensure these trees can be kept.
  • 79 trees could be kept without impacts, if we put appropriate fencing to protect the trees in place during construction.

Tree conditions can change quickly due to environmental or changed landscape conditions. Retained trees should be inspected every 3-5 years or after any local damaging weather events with appropriate remedial works undertaken as required.

Download the executive summary and the full arborist assessment.

Sustainability management plan


ADP Consulting has prepared a sustainability management plan. This plan provides an overview of the environmentally sustainable development (ESD) strategy for the proposed development at the Collingwood site.

The objective of this report is to describe how best practice ESD initiatives will be incorporated in the development, including targets and proposed design approaches, and to demonstrate that the development meets or exceeds the industry recognised ESD tools and standards.

The project is targeting a certified 5-star Green Star Design & As Built v1.3 rating through a range of initiatives including:

  • removing gas appliances and uses on site
  • energy efficient appliances (including heating, cooling and hot water systems)
  • provision of natural daylight to dwellings
  • providing thermally comfortable spaces for residents (through well insulated building fabric and double glazing)
  • targeting a 7-star average NatHERS rating

Additionally, the sustainable performance of the building is further enhanced by:

  • water efficient fixtures and fittings
  • inclusion of rainwater tanks
  • low pollutant (low VOC) internal finishes
  • targets to reduce construction and demolition waste

The above initiatives form the basis, along with other sustainability commitments outlined within the SMP report towards targeting a 5-star Green Star Design & As Built v1.3 rating and can be considered an ‘Australian Excellence’ Green Star project.

Download the executive summary and the full sustainability management plan

Traffic and transport


Traffix Group has conducted a traffic and transport assessment for the proposed development at the Collingwood site.

Their findings are:

  • the proposed car parking rate of 0.6 car spaces per dwelling is acceptable and in accordance with the likely car parking demand for residents in Collingwood and in social housing/affordable housing
  • rate of 0.6 car spaces for the existing apartments on the site is also acceptable, and represents an appropriate car parking provision
  • a visitor car parking rate of 0.05 car spaces per dwelling represents an appropriate parking rate to facilitate car parking for social workers, case workers, other allied health professionals and elderly visitors. These spaces could either be located within the basement carparks or within the existing on-street car spaces to be retained along Emerald Street
  • the bicycle parking provision currently exceeds the relevant requirements for the new apartment buildings, but should be increased if provision is being made for the existing apartments as well,
  • the design and location of bicycle parking is appropriate and generally in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Standards
  • the design of the basements and the access arrangements is currently acceptable to the extent which the design has been resolved and there are no significant barriers which would result in an unacceptable arrangement for the elements which are not yet resolved
  • minor loading activities can be accommodated on the site within visitor parking spaces, and any move-in/move-out loading will need to be accommodated on-street in accordance with instructions from Homes Victoria
  • waste collection will be undertaken within the basement levels via a 6.4m long Hino Mini Rear-loader and is acceptable
  • emergency services can access the site appropriately
  • waste collection for the existing dwellings on the east side of Emerald Street can continue to be collected by Council’s waste collections service, subject to Council’s approval

Download the executive summary and the full traffic and transport assessment.

Waste management


Traffix Group has conducted a waste management assessment for the proposed development at the Collingwood site.

Their main findings are:

  • waste collection is to be undertaken on-site via a private contractor using a 6.4m long Hino Mini Rear-Loader vehicle
  • waste collection will be undertaken within the car parking accessway as Homes Victoria’s preference is to not provide a dedicated loading bay
  • a dual-chute system (for garbage and recycling) will be provided for both buildings
  • residents will be required to transfer their Food Organic & Garden Organic (FOGO) waste and glass waste directly into the bin located at the basement level
  • provision and collection frequency of bins for each of the buildings are as follows:
    • 3 x 1,100L bins for Garbage collected once per week
    • 6 x 240L bins for FOGO collected once per week
    • 4 x 1,100L bins for Commingled Recycling collected once per week
    • 3 x 660L bins for Glass collected once per week
    • 1 x 240L bin for E-waste collected on demand
    • 4-5m2 of hard waste storage
  • waste collection for the existing dwellings on the east side of Emerald Street can continue to be collected by Council’s waste collections service, subject to Council’s approval

Download the executive summary and the full waste management assessment.

Wind impact


Vipac Engineers and Scientists Ltd have prepared a wind impact assessment for the ground level areas next to the proposed development at the Collingwood site.

Their findings are with the proposed design:

  • wind conditions in most of the ground level footpath areas and access ways would be expected to be within the walking comfort criterion. Some areas might have discomfort conditions and need wind control measures.
  • the bridges connected west and east of building B (south) is recommended to be enclosed with porous wind screens
  • the main entrances would be expected to be within the standing comfort criterion
  • the balconies would be expected to be within the recommended walking comfort criterion

As a general statement, educating occupants about wind conditions at open terrace/balcony areas during high-wind events and fixing loose, lightweight furniture on the terrace are highly recommended.

The assessments provided in this report have been made based on experience of similar situations in Melbourne and around the world. As with any opinion, it is possible that an assessment of wind effects based on experience and without experimental validation may not account for all complex flow scenarios in the vicinity.

Vipac recommends a wind tunnel test be conducted to quantity the wind conditions and determine wind control measures wherever necessary.

Download the executive summary and the full wind impact assessment


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