The Celtic Club in Melbourne has been given approval for an ambitious redevelopment of its historic premises.
The club, which celebrated its 125th anniversary recently, is looking to enter a new phase with an extensive redevelopment proposal for its Queen Street home.
The approval will see a 48-storey development on the Celtic Club site, with a maximum building height of 174.5m.
New state-of-the-art facilities for the club will remain on the site.
The club’s distinctive façade will continue to wrap the corner of Queens and La Trobe Street, maintaining the distinction between the podium forum and the new residential tower.
The club management learned yesterday morning that its redevelopment plan had been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister, Mathew Guy.
“The development at the historic Celtic Club site is sensitive to the heritage value of the existing building integrating the heritage façade into the recently restored section of the building,” Mr Guy said, in a statement.
Celtic Club President Seamus Moloughney described the news as a huge step in the Club’s future, in an email to club membership this afternoon.
“Now that the club has obtained planning permission the next phase will begin,” he said.
“In the coming months we plan to hold meetings with members regarding developer updates and potential deal structures moving forward.
“This is an exciting, yet challenging time, in the history of the club and I look forward to continuing the journey with you, the members, in delivering an Irish club for future generation,” he said.
The club is looking for a new redevelopment partner, after parting with Leighton Properties.