New projects in the Urban Melbourne database

A busy weekend has come and gone with 18 new projects appearing in the database, some of which are highlighted below. We still have a multitude of projects yet to be entered, with some of the new residential tower designs (most of which are at the planning stage) quite outstanding...but they are for another day.

We'll also be rolling out some new features through the database in coming weeks, including making it easier to find projects which are at a Registration and Sales stage. Further the database will be expanded to cover all building over all stages (proposed to completion) and all uses, thereby providing the most complete and up-to-date Melbourne building database there is. This will be yet another long-term project and the new data will be gradually added.

As for the most recent database additions, they cover wider Melbourne with suburbs such as Carnegie, Essendon, Maribyrnong, Nunawading, St Kilda and the CBD scoring additional projects. If nothing else it shows now how entrenched apartment living has become through metropolitan Melbourne.

2 Wests Road, Maribyrnong is a new planning application before Maribyrnong City Council. Put forward by Pace Investment Group and designed by Doig Architecture, the scheme covers three buildings with 192 apartments expected. Within close proximity to the approved 19 level, 62 Wests Road complex, this new application enforces the already impressive number of new apartment proposals that have encircled Highpoint Shopping Centre, the areas main draw card.

200-204 Wells Street, South Melbourne is an approved residential tower prepared for 15 Park Street Pty Ltd. Taking up a corner location on Wells Street & Park Street, the 22 level complex will hold 261 apartments and 194 car parking bays. It's expected to abutt the proposed 50 Park Street apartment complex.

FRD - 2 Morton Avenue, Carnegie is currently at sales. Put forward by high-end developer Fridcorp, the development will contain 40 apartments over 5 levels and is opposite Carnegie Train station. See the website.

1048 - 1060 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon has been proposed for some time, and is currently mired in legal proceeding relating to site ownership. At nine levels and containing 101 apartments, it would be Essendon's largest apartment development. Designed by Jackson Clement Burrowes, the design may take its place amongst other buildings on the already established apartment strip.

Packington Apartments - 44 Packington Street, St Kilda is an intended residential development by fast expanding Melbourne developer Urban Inc. Highlighted on their website, the six level project expects to house 83 apartments, and is close by to a number of large residential projects about to commence their sales campaign.

These projects are but a few of what can be expected in the near future. Stay tuned as brings into focus a number of visually exceptional apartment developments in coming weeks, starting with the redesigned Queensbridge Tower proposal later this week, a Bates Smart classic in the making!

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.