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Prospect Street shapes as Box Hill's next go-to development strip

High-rise development sites number four and five have come under the microscope along Box Hill's Prospect Street, further pushing its credentials as the suburb's next major apartment strip. Running parallel to Whitehorse Road, Prospect Street is "in an area inviting substantially increased intensity of use and activities consistent with an increased urbanisation." Latest into the limelight is 34-36 Prospect Street which is a major residential...

Melbourne's northern fringe joins the high density movement

It didn't happen overnight, but it is happening. The spread of higher density living into Melbourne's virgin northern suburbs is beginning to unfold at a quickening pace, as various projects begin to take their place across certain fringe suburbs. At the epicentre of the development action is Epping, with three major projects in motion. Largest of all is Empire Epping which has begun its sales campaign prior to deliver the 12 level mixed-use...

Blackburn's 'Lexus' site edges closer to major development, but...

Taouk Architects continue to refine a working design for Blackburn's 'Lexus' site. Newly released imagery of the mixed-use development for the substantial land holding at 160 Whitehorse Road now includes a heightened degree of complexity and design detail, and is similar to earlier concepts in showing multiple buildings rising to 14 levels. The project which includes near on 400 apartments has however stumbled at its initial planning run. Lodged...

Jaques Richmond now complete

Construction of Riverlee's $290 million urban precinct in Richmond known as Jaques has recently been completed, with the Fender Katsalidis-designed development also breaking the previous apartment price record of $3 million for the area. A Glen Iris couple paid $4.8 million for the top floor penthouse. Bordered by Coppin, Highett, Griffiths and Palmer Streets, the Jaques precinct consists of 377 apartments and townhouses across five buildings...

Viapac Group launches Oakleigh's largest development

The arrival of Oros on offtheplan.melbourne heralds the launch of Oakleigh's largest mixed-use development to date. Located at 807-811 Warrigal Road, Oros is also Nanjing-based Viapac Group's biggest Melbourne project; the Chinese-based developer has three additional developments on its books located in Newport, West Melbourne and South Yarra. Oros' launch follows on from the application's stint at VCAT, as City of Monash failed to decide upon...

Queen Victoria Market planning controls amended and 42 Moray Street approved

The planning controls that deal with the upgrade of the Queen Victoria Market have now been approved by the planning minister. City of Melbourne will now need to work within a framework that places a mandatory height control of 125 metres on the 'Munro' site which the council bought in 2014 for $74 million. Planning Minister Richard Wynne said "we’ve given careful consideration to get this amendment right. It’s all about striking a balance...

Another Box Hill brute emerges from the pack

Panorama Box Hill is shaping as the latest skyscraper project destined for the irrepressible eastern suburb. Registrations of interest are now being taken for the predominantly residential development which looks set for a major Whitehorse Road land holding. No address for Panorama Box Hill has been given via the project website, perhaps because it's likely 826-828 Whitehorse Road which has yet to receive formal approval from City of Whitehorse...

9,500 plus new hotel suites for Melbourne! A break down of the numbers

During 2014, Urban Melbourne delivered a synopsis of Melbourne's burgeoning hotel scene . At that stage roughly 5,000 new hotel suites were on the radar, across a variety of dedicated and mixed-use projects. Over the proceeding three years, Melbourne's hotel sector has gone from strength to strength on the back of extremely strong (and predominantly Chinese-driven) tourist growth and an ever strong events calendar; so much so that the number of...

City Road checks in; two new CBD hotel developments in the pipeline

The hotel juggernaut across inner Melbourne is showing no signs of slowing down. After last week's announcement that Mandarin Oriental will anchor the Zaha Hadid-designed 600 Collins Street , three further projects have come to the fore in recent days. A long expected Southbank project is headed for a construction start, whilst Melbourne City Council is attending to two further hotel-based planning applications. At 167 City Road, signage for...

Docklands construction update June 2017 (with 3D)

With a number of significant projects wrapping up construction within Docklands and the end of the financial year imminent, the half way point of 2017 seems like a good time to take a closer look a the state of affairs within Docklands. Probuild and Hickory have all but wrapped up external construction on their respective builds Marina Tower and Banksia along the NewQuay promenade with just the internal fit-outs to be completed. Their completion...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00
High-rise development sites number four and five have come under the microscope along Box Hill's Prospect Street, further pushing its credentials as the suburb's next major apartment strip. Running parallel to Whitehorse Road, Prospect Street is "in an area inviting substantially increased intensity of use and activities consistent with an increased urbanisation." Latest into the limelight is 34-36 Prospect Street which is a major residential tower on behalf of ZL Prospect Pty Ltd.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 12:00
Kate Shaw , University of Melbourne A recent suggestion that new housing on inner-city public land should start from a presumption of 100% social housing prompted indignation in government circles. “We can’t condemn another generation of Victorians to live in housing poverty,” huffed the housing minister, Martin Foley.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 13:00
Little by little we're getting closer to the money and shovels-in-the-ground end of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project with the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership is the successful bidder for the Tunnel & Stations availability-based private-public partnership (PPP) contract.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.