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Victoria’s ice-cream lovers rued the day Dairy Bell shut the doors on some of its shops, including the one at Malvern East. Now a new chapter is starting at the site, which was the Hedgeley Dene Gardens from the mid-1800s.

Hedgeley Malvern East will uphold the site’s legacy as a green retreat with a heavy emphasis on gardens. Softening the look and feel of the six-level apartment development was an important part of the brief for landscape architect Jack Merlo.

“Obviously it’s in a pretty leafy area in East Malvern, so we were really keen to incorporate that greenery and softness in what’s otherwise a high-density development,” he says.

“One of the main focuses is that central courtyard and then we’ve also got the roof terraces at the top.

“So obviously the courtyard’s more green, a more passive space. There is a usable element to it, but the more outdoor entertaining, functional spaces are up the top.”

Landscaping plays a big part in Hedgeley’s design, particularly with the ground-floor atrium garden. But its unique exterior shape will also draw attention.

The building’s rounded form wraps around the corner site on Belgrave and Waverley roads and even features curvaceous balconies. Exterior colours bronze, champagne and charcoal respond to the project’s lush landscaping.

Within the grounds are terraced gardens that add yet another point of difference.

“You’re not only appreciating it in one flat dimension, it’s also got that vertical element,” Merlo says.

“We’ve really tried not to have any visible retaining walls, it’s really just layers of greenery cascading over the walls, which will eventually be well covered by green.”

The green living theme can be found throughout the development with rainwater harvesting, solar panels, sensor LED lighting, energy efficient appliances and jetpack charging units for electric vehicles.

The $100 million development will include seven ground-floor retail outlets and an entrance lobby off Belgrave Road. There’s also a lounge with a dining area for eight people, private cinema and a gym.

Two internal lifts lead to the rooftop, which will be a year-round attraction thanks to outdoor fireplaces.

Inside the apartments, buyers can expect roomy proportions, timber floors, wool carpets and the use of stone surfaces. In the kitchens, island benches have been designed to connect to the dining and entertaining areas in a smooth flow of spaces.

All residents will have access to storage and bike parking in the basement. At a glance

Hedgeley Malvern East 60 Belgrave Road, Malvern East Architect:SJB in collaboration with AdeB Architects.Developer:Little ProjectsInterior design: SJBNumber of apartments: 117; 41 one-bedroom, 66 two-bedroom, nine three-bedroom, one four-bedroom.Internal sizes (square metres): One-bedroom 47-75; two-bedroom 64-98; three-bedroom 82-150; four-bedroom 178.5.External areas (square metres): One-bedroom 6-26; two-bedroom 7-91; three-bedroom 17-80.5; four-bedroom 135.Prices: One-bedroom $455,000-$675,000; two-bedrooms $595,000-$1.1 million; three bedrooms $795,000-$1.75 million; four bedroom $2.1 million.Car parking: One car space for every one and two-bedroom apartment, two car spaces for three-bedroom apartments.Completion: Late 2018.Agent: Three Sixty Property Group, Greg Curtis on 0430 448 566Open for inspection: Launch of on-site display suite on Saturday, March 25, 11am-3pm