A grand vision to transform a beautiful but neglected manufacturing site into a luxurious urban community comes to fruition in The Malt District, the latest project by prominent Melbourne developers the Caydon Property Group.
Occupying a prime spot in Melbourne’s Cremorne, between Richmond and the Yarra River, this boutique development cleverly but sensitively blends the rich past of a historically significant malting site with striking modern architecture to create a unique residential and retail precinct.
Inspired by the industrial mix of concrete, timber, brick, glass and steel, the development will see new life breathed into several major heritage buildings while its crowning glory will be the construction of a new luxurious multi-storey apartment block that will complete the site’s 21st century transformation and inject much anticipated texture and vibrancy into this up-and-coming urban community.
The Barret Burston Richmond Maltings site will be recognised by many Melburnians as being home to landmark barley storage silos and the iconic Nylex Clock which sits atop them.
Initially developed as a brewing and malting site in the 1850s, the area is considered historically significant owing to its its strong associations with some of the largest malting companies in Australia.
The site also draws interest from history buffs because of its ties to Charles Smith, who was one of the earliest sale maltsters in Victoria, but was also Mayor of Richmond 1873-74 and Lord Mayor for Melbourne in 1883-84.
Today, blessed with an array of public transport connections, cycle links and landscaped walking paths nearby, the site will be transformed to accommodate a new generation of pioneering individuals and families eager to add their own flavour to this most engaging of locations.
The development will be anchored by an assortment of one, two and three-bedroom industrial-style apartments, each of which enjoys a large distinctive balcony strategically designed to offer city and river views across landscaped public spaces or out to the ranges beyond.
Ranging in size from 58sqm to 156sqm and due for completion in early 2019, the interiors in the residential allotments – dubbed Coppins Corner – express a natural, raw industrial feel as seen in the exposed concrete ceilings, the earthy barley, brown and grey colour palette and the use of stone and timber.
Each light-filled apartment consists of a number of key industrial-type features including recessed timber shelving, and rustic bronze fixtures.
With stunning wide oak flooring throughout, the fully-appointed kitchens incorporate stone benches and splashbacks and have European appliances, in addition to an integrated dishwasher and soft close drawers. The white backdrop created by the stone captures the light and enhances the sense of space.
All three-bedroom apartments feature oversized appliances, including a 900mm induction cooktop with matching rangehood. They also include a modern tower configuration of a 600mm oven as well as a similarly-sized compact combination microwave.
The bathrooms feature custom rustic Bronze tapware and dark elements introduced into the cabinetry as well as floor-to-ceiling tiles throughout.
The residential tower at The Malt District is crowned by a communal rooftop entertainment space incorporating a large al fresco dining zone, fire place, state-of-the-art BBQ and a kitchen with island bench and seating for six. In addition, it has a lounge and library area, the perfect place in which to entertain guests.
Nearly 40 percent of the total area is available as public realm, the bulk of which will be landscaped by local firm Oculus, as a means of “reinforcing the strong values of creating space and community” that Caydon is developing within this new neighbourhood.
Each resident will also have access to an assortment of onsite amenities including the onsite Health Club. Catering to all tastes it includes a Crossfit body suspension training area, machine and free weights with the cardio machines strategically placed to offer a stunning view through full height windows as you train.
Dubbed the Relaxation Centre, residents will also enjoy access to a dedicated space designed to soothe away the stresses of the day. It is equipped with a steam room, sauna, meditation room, massage pod and yoga studio.
An abundance of commercial and retail sites will ring the project’s public spaces, the likes of which will include a micro-brewery with gastro pub, a café with courtyard, a supermarket, hotel and a bespoke group of restaurant and other hospitality offerings.
Located within walking distance of the Melbourne CBD, the MCG and the Arts Centre, and just 2.6k from Flinders Street Station, The Malt District is conveniently located near to a host of public amenities.
Within a short stroll of the Punt Road Bridge and proposed ferry terminal, it is also serviced by a number of public transport options. Kangan Tafe, Richmond Primary School and Melbourne Girls Grammar are all within a short drive while the Shrine of Remembrance is a quick 25-minute stroll.
The Malt District presents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique slice of Melbourne history while enjoying all the creatives of comforts of 21st century convenience.
The Malt District project is a key plank in Caydon Property Group’s desire to set a new benchmark urban living spaces.
A leading Melbourne developer, the group currently has $1 billion in completed projects and over 4,000 apartments in the development pipeline.
The group specialises in creating landmark places, specific to a modern quality of life. This is reflected in the apartments, which are based on the renowned Caydon floor plan, with designs that include house-like kitchens, extra storage and plenty of natural light.
As Caydon manages the entire process in-house, purchasers are able to deal with decision makers and are supported by dedicated customer service teams right through to settlement.
Caydon builds on high profile sites close to Melbourne’s CBD and in strategic locations with excellent amenity. The group’s approach is a quality guarantee, creating future value and longevity that will appeal to the discerning owner.
The buildings designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects (FKA) are always distinctive, often masculine and frequently sculptural which, as chance would have it, is also some of the distinct qualities sure to make The Malt District one of Victoria’s most impressive new developments.
With a proud history of creating some of the country’s most landmark buildings, the firm was involved in the conversion of former grain silos in Richmond and was also the firm behind the Eureka Tower, Melbourne’s tallest building.
Other projects of note which have been designed by this multi award-winning business include the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, NewActon East residential tower in Canberra and the Warisan Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.
FKA’s director of planning and design, and the chief architect of the project David Sutherland, says The Malt House buildings will be a “combination of very strong and robust forms”.
There will be great scale jumps within the site, he says. “Low buildings jostling for position with structures of a much greater height. This in itself reflects an industrial site and this nod