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Collingwood still beats true for the apartment buyer

Buyers unsurprisingly are still showing a keen interest in Collingwood's apartment market, as demonstrated by Pace of Collingwood's strong sales. Pace Development Group's latest project notched the enviable figure of accounting for 50% of the building's apartments during its first week at sales. This in turn has prompted Pace to commence construction on the project immediately, with an eye toward completion during the last quarter of 2017. At 75...

Nightingale 1 reaches a construction milestone

Brunswick's Nightingale 1 apartment project reached a significant milestone on Friday, with constructor Project Group holding a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony for the build. Underpinned by the principles of wellbeing and liveability, the Nightingale series of apartment projects are becoming increasingly popular with purchasers, as evidenced by the 2,000 strong waiting list for future Nightingale releases. At 6 Florence Street Brunswick, Nightingale 1 is...

Melbourne Quarter Tower receives ministerial approval

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved another commercial tower at Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter development in the Docklands. The building known as Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000sqm of office space into the precinct across its 28 floors, in addition to approximately 2,500sqm of retail space. Aerial photo of the Melbourne Quarter development from Collins Street. Image: Lendlease...

SMA Projects & the MARS gallery launch artist in residence programme at The Lyric

SMA Projects in collaboration with the MARS Gallery , have created an artist in residence programme which provides young emerging artists with the studio and gallery space to prepare and exhibit their works. The artist in residency programme will be based on a two-month rotation with SMA Projects providing artists with gallery space in the display suite of their latest project for Fitzory - The Lyric. Studio space will also be made available to...

SMA Projects reveals Australia's first above rail line residential building

Developer SMA Projects is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with Stonnington City Council for a residential building that would be the nation's first set above rail lines. Addressed at 24-26 Chapel Street Windsor, 24chapelstreet.com.au has been launched in order to raise awareness of the project that challenges the norm. 24 Chapel Street thinks differently about building now for Melbourne’s future. From the inception of...

Finger on the pulse: Metropolitan Melbourne Crane Count March 2017

Melbourne's construction sector and the local development industry at large is showing a high degree of resilience, as tower cranes continue to populate the skyline in healthy numbers. Despite predictions and warnings of an easing in the apartment sector in particular, Urban Melbourne has this city's tower crane count currently at a strong 140, just short of the October 2015 figure of 144 and well above the July 2014 figure of 107. Although...

Arden Precinct receives a construction boost

It may still be in its infancy, but the emerging Arden Urban Renewal Precinct has scored its most substantial construction project to date, with Hickory Group winning the Arden Gardens build contract. The sizeable urban renewal area which is still at master planning has been earmarked for significant growth over the next 30 years. Arden Gardens will rise over Macaulay Road, with secondary frontages to Canning Street and Vaughan Terrace. It is...

The 200 metre club revisited

Two almost forgotten planning applications for substantial skyscrapers have re-emerged over the last month, prompting Urban Melbourne to once again highlight the very healthy number of 200 metre plus skyscrapers in the pipeline for Melbourne. Most recently, 57-63 Exhibition Street which was first submitted during August 2014, is still active with Salta Properties backing the Bates Smart-designed skyscraper which would nudge 204m if approved...

Vicinity and Pellicano provide Monash with a development boost

Two major projects within City of Monash will provide the municipality with a development boost over coming years. Construction will begin this month on The Glen's $490 million development, with Vicinity Centres and co-owners Perron Group officially launching the project yesterday. Marking 50 years of operation, 'The New Glen' will encompass 78,000 square metres of gross lettable area and will include a variety of new retail and entertainment...

Lendlease's Collins Wharf Master Plan - the final piece of Victoria Harbour

Lendlease is set to push ahead with the final stage of its Victoria Harbour development at Docklands, after receiving Ministerial approval for its Collins Wharf master plan earlier this week. The primarily residential master plan for Collins Wharf will include an extension of Collins Street down the peninsula to the water’s edge, servicing more than 25,000sqm of public realm. A health and wellbeing centre with public swimming pool and gym, low...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 00:00
The proposed changes to the residential zone controls put forward by the Victorian State Government via Amendment VC110 were gazetted on Tuesday. While the amendments effect the General Residential Zone (GRZ), Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ ) it’s the removal of the two-lot subdivision restriction in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) that is perhaps most notable, effectively increasing development potential in the NRZ.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 00:00
Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years .

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
The large-scale redevelopment of Richmond's former Jaques engineering complex has been marked by an number of onsite dedications. Dating back to 1885 and with frontages to Palmer, Coppin, Dyer and Griffiths Streets, the 9,945sqm site's engineering heritage has been permanently embossed across the site.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.