Wesley Place, 130 Lonsdale Street will be a catalyst for the reinvigoration of Melbourne’s North East CBD, creating a green, active, connected and welcoming urban environment that retains the best aspects of calm sanctuary in the urban realm.
Centrally focused on the Wesley Church, it will maintain the celebrated church forecourt to the south and creates a sunlit public courtyard to the north that will become the community hub, shaded by the significant historic trees. It will be immediately identifiable with qualities of respite and reflection and will provide diversity of scales of space that will encourage inclusive social interactions and also act as an events platform for the church, civic, arts and community.
All valuable heritage buildings will be restored and adaptively re-used to ensure that their historic value is appreciated by all. The verdant trees and gardens are to be maintained and reinforced to create spaces both for public interaction and quiet contemplation.