The latest renders have been released showing how the new-look Windsor Hotel will appear when the new tower and additions are made.
As can be seen, an extended “box” has appeared on top of the Bourke Street extension. This space will contain a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Melbourne Heritage Action is concerned that in addition to the gargantuan tower behind, this latest addition will further undermine the intended scale of the Windsor Hotel building. In particular, the majestic view from Gordon Reserve will be further compromised.
Unfortunately the Windsor Hotel development has been approved by the State Government, but the Department of Planning & Community Development is currently accepting submissions in relation to the “box”. You can see the plans here.
The original plans for the Windsor Hotel redevelopment also contained a “box” but the Minister for Planning required that it be smaller and the Heritage Council required that several floors be removed from the building extension below it. Now, the developers have asked to have the box reinstated on the lower building.
If you’d like to lodge an objection, submissions will be accepted until 7 July 2011. More information is available on the DPCD website.