Project Description

Location: 35 Spring Street, Melbourne
Architects: Bates Smart Architects
Size: 54,000 sqm
Value: $350 million

Umow Lai’s ability to provide a high level of building engineering services is being well utilised in a significant new landmark residential project currently under construction at 35 Spring Street in one of Melbourne’s culturally and historic precincts.

The $350 million, 44-level tower development is set on a 1,320 square metre site on the corner of Spring Street and Flinders Lane, opposite Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens. Designed by Bates Smart architects, it features a striking vertical and horizontal patterned facade that creates a woven veil over the surface of the building.

At ground level, a projecting glazed canopy along the spring Street frontage provides two well-defined entrances, including one into a public restaurant. Residents, who enter via a lobby situated on the comer of Spring Street and Flinders Lane, can use a gymnasium and 25 metre pool.

As befits the luxury quality of the well-appointed apartments, sustainability is important. Umow Lai is providing a range of environmentally sustainable design elements. These include solar panels installed on the roof, rainwater collection, LED lighting throughout all the one, two and three bedroom apartments, lobbies and common areas. as well as high efficiency water fitting fixtures.

Andrew Oxley, a Director of Umow Lai who is leading their project team notes.

Although we are a medium-sized consultancy, we have a great track record with large, high-end residential projects in Melbourne’s CBD, including the luxurious 150 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne.

Umow Lai has been engaged by Cbus Property for 35 Spring Street and is working closely with the project team that includes Bates Smart architects and Brookfield Multiplex.


Andrew Oxley also led the firm’s team for two other massive residential city projects: Upper West Side, corner of Lonsdale and Spencer Streets, where fibre optic cables were provided for every one of the 2,700 apartments – a first for a project of this size in Australia, and 150 Clarendon Street.