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Three years on, Eq. Tower tops out

Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper. According to ICD, the build is on track with the balance of apartments due to settle in April 2017. Urban Melbourne...

Melbourne's west gathers some development momentum

It has arguably been a long time coming. Key suburbs across Melbourne's western region are beginning to unlock some of their development potential as a raft of new projects come to the fore. Whether they be commercial or residential, the new projects are a sign that Melbourne's western suburbs are front and square in the collective minds of many developers. Metrowest's initial build. Image: ABD Group The team behind Sunshine's Metrowest...

FourSQ throws open its display suite for No. 108 in Fitzroy

Property developer FourSQ are opening the doors of their warehouse inspired display suite for luxury townhouse development, No. 108, located at 108 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, following an unprecedented sales campaign which has seen seven of the eight residences sold in five weeks. The development, which has broken price barriers with townhouses priced from $1.6-2.3 million, has previously been accessible strictly by appointment only, but this...

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Brunswick East's latest apartment project to reach sales has hit the ground running, with strong sales notched for the project in a short period of time. Seamstress at 11-13 Lygon Street is a reference to the site's previous life as a fabric mill. It is also K7 Developments' fourth Melbourne residential project, following on from successful projects in Brunswick West, Surrey Hills and Hawthorn East. With a Footscray development in the offing, K7...

Southbank continues to attract development attention

The deeper pockets of Southbank continue to tick over as developers line up the next wave of apartment projects in the area. Most recent to planning is 83-89 Coventry Street, with the large corner site of 976sqm landing with City of Melbourne in recent days. Proposed is a 20 storey reisdential tower with ground level retail and basement carparking. At the time of sale near on two years ago, the site was offered by Colliers with a "World class...

Love me tender: projects currently at tender that will begin in 2017

A flourish of construction tender activity toward the year's end is seeing Melbourne's commercial builders lining up to grab some of the city's prime construction contracts. With a host of tenders emerging in the last two weeks, 2017 is shaping as a year that will continue Melbourne's heightened levels of construction output. While the mega tower builds that have defined recent years may be on the wane, there's no shortage of other projects...

Four significant projects receive the NOD

The period between local Council elections and year's end looks likely to throw up further key planning approvals, in light of four significant towers that are all but approved. A Notice of Decision (NOD) has been issued for each of the projects during November, all but assuring they will gain final approval within weeks. Each planning application has been covered by Urban Melbourne over the course of the last year, with the quartet split...

Mirvac's Forge tops out with Voyager on the horizon

The first stage of Mirvac’s Wharf Entrance precinct within Yarra's Edge is nearing completion, with the $200 million Forge residential tower topping out recently. With Forge's topping out ceremony held in recent days, the event also represents a construction milestone for Wharfs Entrance in that it marks the beginning of the end of Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge precinct. Construction within the then new precinct began in the early 2000's. The topping...

Melbourne Village to become West Melbourne's next big apartment project

Asian Pacific Group is preparing to move ahead with West Melbourne's largest residential project. Partnered by Ironfish Developments, the duo are behind Melbourne Village, with signage for the project appearing onsite in recent days. At 83-113 Batman Street, Asian Pacific Group's purchase of the site a year ago came with planning approval for a Bruce Henderson Architects-designed 522-apartment scheme. Covering 3,800-square metre plot and with a...

Spring in the suburbs: new apartment projects line up

The weather may not be upholding its end of the deal, but it is indeed Spring… and Spring means buying season. Invariably there's a boost in the number of new apartment projects released for public perusal, as developers jostle to get their projects off the ground in a traditionally strong period for sales. While many new projects have been recently released for sales, seen below is a selection of higher density apartment projects which are at...

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Development & Planning

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 06:00
Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).