Plus Architecture begins 2015 with a bang!

St Kilda Road-based Plus Architecture have recently updated their website with fresh information, thus allowing Urban Melbourne to insert a swag of new and predominantly residential listings into our Project Database. South Yarra twice over, Glen Waverley, Box Hill, South Melbourne and North Melbourne are home to the new project listings, with 720 apartments and 157 hotel suites the expected sum result.

Little Projects' The Elfin residential tower leads the pack. Located at 38 Claremont Street South Yarra, it is preparing for a sales launch while early works continue onsite. The Elfin's 102 apartments may also be joined by an additional 99 dwellings at nearby 402-416 Chapel Street South Yarra.

Lodged mid 2014, South Melbourne-based Blueprint Development Group is behind the scheme which would see the demolition of the existing building and construction of a 12 storey mixed use tower including 99 apartments, 157 hotel suites, restaurants holding a total of 473 patrons, 1,009sqm of retail space, 579sqm of commercial space and a gymnasium. City of Stonnington have added no further information since the application was lodged.

Early works have commenced at 38 Claremont Street. Render courtesy Plus Architecture

Of the four remaining projects only 52-54 O'Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley has gained planning approval, with City of Monash ruling in favour of the 276-apartment project during late 2014. Despite community concerns over height and lack of communal facilities, the 15 level tower on behalf of Australia Nan Xin Investment Pty Ltd can now proceed at the developer's discretion.

104-112 Haines Street, North Melbourne, 109 Carrington, Road Box Hill and 61-65 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne represent the remaining trio of Plus Architecture-designed projects still at planning assessment. 104-112 Haines Street is the largest, seeking approval for 143 apartments in a traditionally low-rise area of North Melbourne.

City of Melbourne are also considering the merits of a similarly proportioned proposal on the neighbouring 114-116 Haines Street site; should Council approve both developments it would likely set a precedent for the accelerated urban renewal in North Melbourne.

104-112 Haines Street North Melbourne. Image courtesy Plus Architecture

The six additional project listings has swelled the current Plus Architecture stable to 19 within Urban Melbourne's Project Database, ranging from project assessment through to construction. All their projects are available for viewing.

The impressive number of current projects has propelled Plus Architecture into a position of strength, nestled in behind Hayball and Elenberg Fraser in terms of overall project numbers which alludes to the rate at which Plus Architecture gas grown in recent times. The six most recent Plus Architecture listings are available for individual viewing below.


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.