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Pentridge's silver tower heralds further change within the historic precinct

After years of inactivity and stalled projects, Pentridge's rebirth is gathering momentum, headlined by a proposed all-silver tower put forward by Shayher Group and Cox Architecture. After Shayher Group's announcement last year that TFE Hotels was secured as operator of an onsite Adina Apartment Hotel complex , the intended redevelopment has since been lodged with planning authorities, with the expected outcome a new 18 storey tower. Partly set...

Pace initiates collaboration with Co-Ground at new project in Collingwood

Starting with an alert from their architect about unused space at their display suite, PACE Development Group has begun a unique collaboration with co-Ground, a registered charity who has located a pop-up cafe on the land where the display suite for PACE's next project - PACE of Collingwood - will eventually rise. Co-Ground launched in 2015 in response to the devastation caused by record-breaking category 5 Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and their 100%...

Breathe Architecture conceive QVM's new market facility

The first tangible building that heralds the start of the Queen Victoria Market's (QVM) renewal is now at advertising . Breathe Architecture has designed a new structure, which will act as a temporary market facility whilst the QVM undergoes its comprehensive overhaul. Absorbing a tract of land adjacent to Queen Street, Market Garden as it has been dubbed will cater for traders that are currently spread over airsheds A, B, C and D. In line with...

Kokoda Property calls for in-fill development in the eastern middle ring

Melbourne-developer Kokoda Property has prompted calls for more in-fill development sites in what it calls "Melbourne’s undersupplied eastern middle-ring" in order to fill the demand for quality apartments and townhomes in the leafy suburbs. This follows the sales success of Kokoda’s Trentwood development in Glen Iris, Boroondara, which has achieved sales of 95 per cent within 10 weeks of its launch to market. Owner occupiers who were priced out...

One Queensbridge Street approved

It was announced by the Premier and Planning Minister this morning that One Queensbridge Street, Southbank - previously known as Queensbridge Tower - has been approved. A media release distributed this morning confirmed the project will maintain 388 hotel suites and 708 residential apartments across its 90 floors. The Government has also taken steps to ensure Crown Melbourne and the Schiavello Group give back to the state, with a $100 million...

Go west: Trenerry to deliver West End

Trenerry Property in collaboration with Victor Smorgon Group and the Kanat Family are launching West End, a $300 million mixed-use development that will transform a former West Melbourne industrial site into a vibrant new community. West End is located on an approximately one hectare site in West Melbourne bounded by Rosslyn, Dudley and Adderley Streets, as well as Bluestone Lane near Spencer Street. The site is formerly an Australia Post Mail...

Hitting the wall on Southbank

Having heard of the importance of street setbacks and tower separation over the previous two years as part of the Government's push for better tower design outcomes, somewhat of a built form quirk is emerging on Southbank's Coventry Street. Should the recently submitted 31 Coventry Street gain approval, it would allow four towers to be built wall to wall, with the quartet each spanning approximately 20 levels. With no street or tower setbacks...

Three bedroom apartments are in vogue, but...

...where are they all? It's been well documented that a cyclical movement has swung the pendulum from one end of the scale to the other. Investment grade apartment stock around Melbourne's CBD is out, with demand now high for lavish, large two and three bedrooms dwellings in certain suburbs as developers now chase the well-heeled buyer. But where exactly are these high-end two and particularly three bedroom apartments located around Melbourne?...

City of Yarra's commercial prospects boosted by 100,000sqm

City of Yarra's recent commercial planning application at 370-374 Swan Street has gone a long way to solidifying the municipality's push toward becoming the most active office sector behind those of the CBD and Docklands. Increasing in both number and size, City of Yarra's prospective commercial developments have the combined ability to add in excess of 100,000sqm of new office space across the municipalities four major commercial nodes;...

Karl Fender and Ben Christie talk Melbourne Quarter

Developer Lendlease is pushing ahead with early site works for their pending Melbourne Quarter development; a massive mixed-use project that will round out the Batman's Hill precinct within Docklands. Effectively a nexus between Melbourne's CBD and Docklands, Melbourne Quarter will continue the growth of inner city apartments aimed squarely at professionals, young families and empty nesters who are seeking a high-rise lifestyle. With the flood...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).