New tower planned for historic brewery site

New tower planned for historic brewery site
Brendan Rees

Carlton’s former historic Carlton and United Brewery site could be turned into an 11-storey commercial tower under plans to be considered by the state government.

Developers have submitted a planning application for 201-203 Queensberry St, which would feature a balcony café, shops, a rooftop and outdoor dining space, and a restaurant, and rooftop bar.

Brewing on the site dates back to 1858 when the North Melbourne Brewery was established by Rosenberg & Co. at 24 Bouverie St. 

According to the planning application, the proposal was “appropriate outcome for this site” after having “considered the strategic context of the site”.

“The proposal is designed to contribute to the existing fabric of eclectic built form in this part of the northern city. It is designed with sensitivity to scale, where the pedestrian experience is enhanced,” it said.

The plan was lodged with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) last November as the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for proposals within the Carlton Brewery precinct.

“The application is under assessment and in the early stages of the process and these plans may change,” the DELWP said.

The plans noted the proposed building was “consistent with the Carlton Brewery Comprehensive Development Plan, though not considered part of the master planned area”. •


Caption: An artist’s impression of the proposed tower.

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