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On the right track: Ormond Place gets the green light

The development of a 13-storey apartment building as part of a larger site development at Ormond Station to be called Ormond Place can proceed following approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The approval comes following a public hearing held at Planning Panels Victoria and based on advice from a Standing Advisory Committee in and which drew strong community backlash against what has been dubbed the 'Sky Tower.' Ormond Place will be...

The X factor - 308 Exhibition set to join the Carlton Gardens line up

The appeal of being located in close proximity to the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens continues to be a major selling point for developers, with a handful seeking to take advantage of the views afforded by the northern location. Developer SP Setia has recently experienced this appeal first hand, with their Sapphire by the Gardens development passing the 80 per cent sold mark. The remaining 20 per cent of...

South Melbourne: the place Melburnians most want to buy & live

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The suburb of South Melbourne continues to be the number 1 priority pick for buyers, local owner occupier and investors, of off the plan and complete apartments in the inner ring suburbs across Melbourne. Closely followed by the likes of Collingwood and Richmond, South Melbourne continues to retain the number 1 title due to its geographic location between the Melbourne CBD and the Bay, offering a lifestyle value-add above its inner-city...

Central Dandenong's lot 10 - new 14 level residential proposal

Designed by Bruce Henderson Architects, the proposal includes 14 levels with ground floor retail and over 100 apartments. Orion Group International is the proponent. A spokesperson for Orion confirmed more than 50% of the building's apartments will have a 2 bedroom configuration and a healthy number of 1 and 3 bedroom configurations. Lot 10 is located on the opposite side of Foster Street from Dandenong Station and the site has frontpages to the...

Is 22 levels really too tall for Parkville?

Comment Once again, the number of floors in a building is the apparent focus of community anger , this time in relation to the final stages of development in the former Commonwealth Games village. Where I'd argue mitigating the risks of excessive noise or polluted ventilation from the adjacent Tullamarine Freeway corridor is a far higher priority for planners; for some it's all about the height in the new plans for that corner of Parkville...

Melbourne Quarter bridges the gap between the CBD and Docklands

Melbourne Quarter last week took a major step forward with the completion of a new deck overlooking Wurundjeri Way. Once completed, the deck will connect the precinct’s three commercial towers and form the ground level of the precinct’s public square on Collins Street, which will be one of the most significant public spaces in the central city. Melbourne Quarter's footprint will see more than 50 per cent dedicated toward public space, including...

Hawthorn Park solidifies Dahua Group's Australian presence

Dahua Group's Managing Director William Huang recently sat down with Urban Melbourne to profile the company's upcoming Hawthorn Park development, and their wider intentions for the Australian market. Exposure for the development is on the rise prior to its public launch next month. Hawthorn Park shapes as one of Melbourne's largest releases for 2017, with 362 dwellings slated for the 12,282sqm site which holds three street frontages; the major...

Growland aims for local buyers as Victoria Square's second stage is launched

On the back of selling 90% of apartments within the first Victoria Square tower, developer Growland has launched the second stage of the development located in Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct. Growland will now pursue the local owner-occupier market even more vigorously in order to account for the bulk of the second tower's sales, having noted a decline in foreign buyer interest of late. The newly released tower has been dubbed VS02 and will...

The state of construction in Melbourne - mid September 2017

Since April , many of the construction sites featured below have seen significant progress on their respective sites, most notably the Australia 108 and Swanston Central sites. Others such as Capitol Grand in South Yarra are still enormous pits in the ground. Keep an eye on the key inner and middle ring sites, as many projects are about to make their presence felt in their respective suburbs - the very large market's site in Moonee Ponds (...

UEM Sunrise adds Mayfair to the ultra-luxury apartment circle

As construction progresses on its initial two Melbourne developments, UEM Sunrise is launching its third local project which shapes as a very definitive presence in Melbourne's high-end apartment market. Mayfair will account for an existing commercial complex at 412 St Kilda Road. In its place, a $330 million Zaha Hadid Architects-inspired residential tower will rise with only 158 apartments included. With the St Kilda Road precinct already...

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Development & Planning

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 07:00
The development of a 13-storey apartment building as part of a larger site development at Ormond Station to be called Ormond Place can proceed following approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 00:00
Toorak Park is the outcome of a decade of development overtones for an expansive and formerly underutilised site abutting Toorak Station. Few projects across Melbourne are larger in terms of site size, with developer Lendlease over recent months applying the finishing touches to 446 apartments and 18 townhouses across a host of buildings.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:00
First mooted early last year, the long awaited facelift to Rebecca Walk looks set to proceed following a call out for "40 energetic street food traders" back in January of this year and planning approvals. New plans were conceived for the largely empty row of pods which occupy the under croft of the Flinders St Viaduct adjacent to Batman Park on the CBD's Northbank.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.