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Flinders Street West set for further change

With Victoria Police vacating 637 Flinders Street in 2019 to relocate to shiny new digs at Cbus Property's 311 Spencer Street, Sydney-based owners Anton Capital are seeking to offload the site a mere two years after initially acquiring it. The site has strong potential as a development site for high-rise residential or office space, however marketing material from CBRE suggests a push for residential use. This is a clear shift away from its...

A vanguard West Melbourne regeneration project receives CoM backing

Perri Projects has been given approval by the City of Melbourne to create a new West Melbourne Waterfront precinct that will subsume a swathe of industrial land. First covered by Urban Melbourne at the turn of 2016, the $500 million rejuvenation which fell under Planning Scheme Amendment C221, was given the nod during a recent council meeting. The roughly 28,000sqm site is diagonally opposite Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct urban renewal area,...

Melbourne's largest mixed-use development outside the CBD lands in Clayton

It's not every day an intended project can lay claim to being the largest mixed-use development outside of Melbourne's CBD. Clayton will soon enough host M-City, a massive project on a 35,000sqm site located at 2107-2125 Dandenong Road. Controlled by local developer Nick Saraceno for the best part of 25 years, the long-dormant site's new launch as M-City comes after previously being referred to as the Nova Centre. Having been in the works for a...

The student living drive churns out an additional tower, but provides no luck for another

Another week and another student accommodation tower enters the Urban Melbourne Project Database. Following on from a string of fresh projects seeking their place in the expanding sector, GSA Australia's intentions for a Queensberry Street plot are the latest to be unveiled. 198-208 Queensberry Street is GSA Australia's third current student housing project, after 205-233 Pelham Street and 684-688 Elizabeth Street . The work of DKO Architecture...

SOUTH looks to buck a sluggish Fishermans Bend trend

Perhaps in line with the current market sentiment, the release of apartment projects within Fishermans Bend for public purchase has been sluggish at best. The recent green light for 134-142 Ferrars Street brings to 14 the number of residential projects within the Urban Melbourne Project Database which hold approval within the Urban Renewal Area, but have yet to go to sales. Put another way, these 14 projects equate to approximately 4,800...

A breath of fresh Air for Pentridge in Coburg

The Planning Minister's office has granted approval for a major tower within the former Pentridge site that will add near on 200 apartments to the emerging precinct. Dubbed Air Apartments, the tower at 21 Pentridge Boulevard carries the name of a formerly approved Rothelowman-designed residential tower for the same plot. In approving the current version, the State Government has worked within the expectations of the existing site masterplan,...

Tower Wars Episode V: The Office Strikes Back

Amidst an apartment boom the likes of which has not been seen before in Melbourne, one could be forgiven for thinking that the humble office tower of yesteryear is all but a distant memory in this city. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has also weighed in on the topic lamenting the lack of office buildings being developed in the city. This could however not be further from the truth, it would appear the demise of the office tower in Melbourne has been...

The state of construction in Melbourne - mid May

Forever present when there's a large amount of construction happening around the city, recent photographic updates by UM users in the projects & construction threads on the forum have seen a large number of pits highlighted throughout the city. Collins Arch - CBD Image by redden, originally posted 16/05/2017 See more photos in the Collins Arch forum thread . Capitol Grand - South Yarra Image by redden, originally posted 16/05/2017 Capitol...

A green thumb's loss the developer's gain

The humble nursery continues to provide developers with sizeable redevelopment opportunities across Melbourne. Latest to the public eye is the former Going, Going Green nursery within Hawthorn which has been christened Sierra. The apartment development on the corner at Burwood Road and Drill Street is the latest release by expanding Doncaster East-based developer JD Group. Having secured the site reportedly for $30 million, JD Group have created...

Monash Clayton facilitates another grand design gesture

Monash University's Clayton campus will receive yet another noteworthy academic building, this time by way of the new Monash Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building (BLTB) Joining a string of highly meritorious contemporary designs across the campus, BLTB is another design feather in the cap of Monash's Clayton campus which has undergone intensive redevelopment over the past five years. Denton Corker Marshall has created the new building which...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00
With Victoria Police vacating 637 Flinders Street in 2019 to relocate to shiny new digs at Cbus Property's 311 Spencer Street, Sydney-based owners Anton Capital are seeking to offload the site a mere two years after initially acquiring it.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:00
Rachel Ong , Curtin University ; Christopher Phelps , Curtin University ; Gavin Wood , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows .

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 00:00
On Wednesday next week, RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is holding its third monthly Talking Transport event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet? It is a free, ticketed event , to be held at RMIT's Building 80 - located at 445 Swanston Street - level 11, room 10 from 6:00 pm.

Sustainability & Environment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:00
Over the course of the last week OSK Property has released images of a new Southbank park within its Melbourne Square development. The large public park will occupy more than 20 per cent of overall site and will be one of the first stages of the project to be delivered.