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Mission to Seafarers
Melbourne

Challenge

Restoration works to the iconic Mission to Seafarers building in Docklands, Melbourne. The client was unaware whether planning approval was required for their restoration work to the building.

Solution

The team at CS provided expert planning advice for restoration work to the histrionic Mission to Seafarers building at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. The project was undertaken by the Victorian Government and CS was appointed as planning consultants to assist international property firm JLL and local heritage experts Lovell Chen to confirm what buildings and works required planning approval prior to commencement. JLL identified the restoration work required and this was documented in plans by Lovell Chen for construction. The team at CS were then engaged determine whether a planning application would be required. Our advice gave the project team professional confirmation of what was required to take advantage of the planning permit exemptions for building restorations. By identifying the appropriate exemptions and confirming the works were exempt in collaboration with the City of Melbourne planning department, we reduced the project timeline by 3 months and removed the planning permit expenses from the project budget for the client.