Crema Constructions snares Shayher Group's next Pentridge build

Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building. Breaking ground over the weekend, construction of the retail, cinema and supermarket development will be completed...

Franzé Developments & Sampieri Group eye off Chapel Street

Further change to Chapel Street's streetscape could be on the way should a new development application lodged with Stonnington City council from joint venture proponents Franzé developments and Sampieri Group gain approval. Located across addresses 430-438 Chapel Street and adjacent to the Temperance Hotel, Franzé and Sampieri have proposed a 7 level mixed-use building that would see retail, commercial/office and residential spaces. Located in...

Moonee Ponds' apartment scene in focus

Long gone are the days when Eddie McGuire was helping out with the marketing of Mondo Tower on the Footy Show - back then it was the tallest residential tower proposed outside of central Melbourne. These days Moonee Ponds joins the likes of Box Hill in not needing specialist marketing to get projects off the ground. Moonee Ponds - one of the Melbourne suburbs that the publishers of Melway street directories decided was important enough to...

Dexus opts out of Flinders Street and opens the door to a new urban realm

The year's first large-scale permitted site to be offered for sale will see Dexus Property Group exit as the long-term holder of 32 Flinders Street. Dexus has over recent years headed a planning push to have the site find a different purpose, eventually gaining approval for two residential buildings onsite that could yield hundreds of new apartments overlooking Birrarung Marr and surrounds. The prospective buyer will not only have the right to...

Citi-Con scores a trio of apartment builds

Melbourne's suburban apartment market is in full swing. With record numbers of active apartment projects across the suburbs, the spike in development activity has allowed a bevvy of small and medium-sized builders to capitalise upon the favourable market conditions. Citi-con is one such builder that falls into this category; the Footscray-based apartment constructor has increased its project output in recent years, now holding eight current...

Orchard Piper's Luke McKie discusses the shift to the owner-occupier market

For almost ten years, Melbourne-based Orchard Piper has been developing boutique projects targeted at a very niche owner-occupier market. Working exclusively with Jolson Architecture, their projects are generally comprised of around 10 residences, all with a gross realisation of around $40 million in tightly held inner-ring suburbs. With the now sustained trend in the property market toward the owner occupier and drop off of international...

Urban Melbourne Database sails past 1500 projects

It's been a long journey since Urban Melbourne first went live in March 2013 with a few hundred projects - project database now tops 1500 published projects. With the published database now totaling 1500 projects, there have been a further 500 projects since we launched that have progressed through the development pipeline. Similarly, the number of architectural firms referenced on the projects has now surpassed 300 with the top 5 referenced...

International architects line up for Southbank's last super-sized development site

Developer Beulah International revealed yesterday it has an eye toward enlisting an international architecture firm to join the design process for its recently acquired Southbank super site. It has been roundly reported that the Malaysian-backed developer was successful in obtaining the BMW Melbourne dealership site on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and City Road late last year. At 6,061 square metres, the sheer size of the landholding...

Brighton's latest development embraces bayside living

Located just one kilometere from Brighton’s Bay Street retail strip, MAST is the latest apartment development to take advantage of Brighton's bayside location and cosmopolitan lifestyle, which includes a vibrant and diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and shopping. Developed by Graceland and LOI Projects, and designed by The Buchan Group, MAST will comprise 15 boutique residences set across three levels within Martin Village, at...

The Box Hill development news wrap

After consecutive years of towers upon towers coming to the fore, Box Hill is in a planning lull. Although the development scene is still exceptionally strong, the dearth of major applications at planning is allowing the suburb to absorb current stock. At this stage 837 Whitehorse Road is the major project under assessment; it is looking to add apartments and a hotel component on what is now a Bridgestone dealership. In terms of major projects...


Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.