Construction officially commences at Aurora Melbourne Central
1st October 2015
UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise” or the “Company”), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers, officially broke ground today on its first Australian development, Aurora Melbourne Central in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
At 92 storeys, the development will be the tallest in the Melbourne CBD and will create a new focal point for the Melbourne Central business district. Aurora Melbourne Central is Melbourne’s only residential development with direct underground connection to the rail network, the Melbourne Central Station as well as the CBD’s largest continuous retail precinct comprising Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Emporium, Myer, David Jones, GPO and the Bourke Street Mall.
Mr. Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, UEM Sunrise’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are proud to commence construction of our maiden project in Australia with a GDV of AUD$770 million.”
“Aurora Melbourne Central offers an enviable location, one-stop convenience and unrivaled connectivity to transport networks.”
It is a clear testament to our ongoing commitment to building high quality and unique homes in the market that we operate in and we are truly delighted to be working with such reputable architecture firm as Elenberg Fraser and tier-one construction company Probuild Construction.”
Founder and Director of Elenberg Fraser, Mr. Callum Fraser said, “Aurora Melbourne Central is a unique expression of Melbourne’s future. It has been designed to create a new epicentre for the Melbourne CBD. In every direction, the unique curves of the tower’s special glass coating will provide a dynamic and beautiful addition to the Melbourne skyline, reflecting the iridescent silver, blue and rose hues from the bay, the city and the mountains beyond.”
Aurora Melbourne Central will play a pivotal role in the next stage of the City’s growth through regeneration and activation of street frontages.
Part of the development will see the rejuvenation of the laneway between La Trobe St and Little La Trobe St, which will also be activated with exciting retail spaces and improvement to the development’s connection to Melbourne Central Lower Retail. In addition, upgrades will be made to Melbourne Central Train Station to provide better access for commuters.
The upgrading works will see enhanced public access via the addition of a station entrance from Little La Trobe St with escalators directly into the train station concourse level as well as a lift at the La Trobe Street entrance.
Mr. Anwar Syahrin said the proposed enhancement works at the third busiest station in Melbourne’s metropolitan network will deliver city-scale improvements and further improve the convenience and comfort of the station customers.
“As part of our commitment to investing in Melbourne, UEM Sunrise is working closely with local planning and rail authorities to ensure the upgrade and refurbishment of the station is aligned to the future needs of Australia’s fastest growing city,” he said.
Aurora Melbourne Central will be built and handed over in stages, with the upgrade of the station and underground access expected for completion by end 2017. The development will be fully completed in the third quarter of 2019.