Game over for Fosters’ Melbourne Apple store

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Heritage authority says no to revised plans which would have destroyed part of 2002 precinct

Plans drawn up by Foster & Partners for an Apple store in the heart of Melbourne have been knocked by the city’s heritage authority.

Heritage Victoria has refused the planning application, which would have seen the Yarra Buidling at Federation Square demolished and replaced by the Apple Store.

Federation Square, a AUS$467m (£254m) precinct opposite the city’s famous Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral, was designed by UK practice Lab Studios and local practice Bates Smart and opened amid much controversy in 2002.

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