From Sunday school to luxury residences

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DEVELOPER Tim Gurner has been granted a permit for its redevelopment of a bluestone church and Sunday school hall into a luxury residences, private accommodation and club concept.

Club Maison will be located at the 145-151 High Street, Prahran site, around 5km south-east of the Melbourne CBD, where Gurner and the existing landowner will realise its six-level concept with 45 residences, a 324sqm food and beverage tenancy on the ground floor and a 262sqm rooftop bar, including infinity pool and lounge.

“Club Maison is a new asset class we are investing heavily into over the next 2 – 5 years, with aspirations to acquire, develop and hold a number of accommodation assets in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland,” said Brooke Formosa general manager of boutique at Gurner.

The plans approved earlier in June, after first being lodged in June 2021 before a collaborative process with City of Stonnington council.

“We have a passion and proven track record for reinvigorating heritage sites and this project will be no different. We are incredibly happy that Council shares our affinity for this site and our plans to breathe it back to life as part of the vibrant Chapel Street precinct,” added Formosa.

The project has been designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects, who are longstanding collaborators of Gurner, as well as with John Patrick Landscapes working on the site’s greenery and exterior amenity.

“The Club Maison designs really evoke a fuller lifestyle offering. The striking geometry of the gothic design has strongly informed our design for the residences, which take on a more contemporary feel and boast all the luxuries and amenities today’s discerning professional aspires to,” said Barrington Gohns, principal architect at Warren and Mahoney.

Both parties have worked to deliver a design which respects the historical significance of both buildings, which were erected in the 1870s.

“Like many of the projects we’re collaborating with GURNER on, the design challenge has been a trifecta of respecting and honouring the past, creating aspirational dwellings and, importantly, designing a lived experience that goes well beyond the aesthetic and function of the building,” concluded Gohns.

Earlier this month, Gurner is made its first move into the Adelaide market, striking an agreement with Kennards Self Storage that will see a former Australia Post facility transformed into a $1.25 billion mixed-use precinct.

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