Lucky number 13 - new developments in the pipeline

First off a proposal of huge proportions relative to its surrounds. Developer Meydan Group is running with the image below on their website for an intended mixed use development located in Fawkner. Seemingly on the western flank of the Hume Highway and near Gowrie Station, the proposal seeks a 15 level mixed use development with retail components, office space and 120+ apartments included. On a stretch of the Hume dominated by car dealerships and associated trades, yet ripe for redevelopment, a 15 level complex would surely make a statement - time will tell.

Closer to the big smoke and a swag of residential towers have been approved by Melbourne City Council of late. Among them a 17 level, 296 apartment development at 28-38 Pearl River Road, Docklands which gained approval on June 28th, as did a 16 level, 240 apartment development nearby at 3-43 Waterfront Way, Docklands. A final planning permit was issued for Babylon Apartments located at 33-39 Racecourse Road, North Melbourne during May while the nearby proposed 66-apartment 15-17 Racecourse Road appears in the UrbanMelbourne.info database for the first time. May 30th saw 33 Coventry Street, Southbank given notice of a decision to grant a permit while the nearby development at 25-27 Coventry Street, Southbank revived its final permit also during May. More on these projects in due course.

Following up on this article posted early last month, Salta Properties via SJB Planning have in recent days formally lodged plans with Stonnington for 31-41 Wilson Street, South Yarra. The image below by Fraher Design 3D depicts the Rothe Lowman-designed complex in situ along Wilson Street. Seeking approval for 88 apartments over 9 levels, more information on the project can be found here.

Elsewhere in South Yarra, Melbourne High School have lodged plans for an underutilised piece of land at 661-663 Chapel Street. Designed by Bird de la Coeur, the four level building seen below will house an education centre and student accommodation, with retail fronting Chapel Street. This proposal is in line with developer Michael Yates' plans for the adjoining site, the outline of which can also be seen below. Initially submitted with two schemes, Michael Yates will seemingly pursue the lesser of the two proposals, details of which can be found here.

Moving to Brunswick now and two separate planning applications seek to continue the Anstey in development theme as outlined in this article. 26 Breese Street is a seven level complex yielding 64 apartments while 216 Albion Street nearby is seeking approval for an eight level apartment complex. Together these developments would add well over 100 apartments to an already booming pocket of Melbourne. West Brunswick hasn't been left behind either with a proposal for a nine level apartment complex with three levels of basement car parking at 1-5 Olive York Way. It would sit opposite the recently completed, seven level 2-6 Olive York Way developed by National Sterling which yielded 140 apartments.

Finally Fraher Design 3D feature again, having produced this image of the Mayven development at 56-58 St Georges Rd, Northcote. A nice new development right next to the Melbourne Anarchist Club - enough to put a smirk on this urbanist's face.

Watch out later this week as I take a look at one of the best planning applications I've seen for many, many a year - sure to impress!

Development & Planning

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:00
Brunswick's Anstey Precinct is in for a massive shot of development as Melbourne's Nightingale Housing plans seven separate buildings in a project that will be dubbed Nightingale Village. Already accustomed to urban renewal, the area surrounding Anstey Station is set to benefit from the unprecedented move by Nightingale Housing to develop what amounts to an entire street.

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

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.