South Yarra in full b(l)oom

South Yarra is experiencing an apartment construction boom at the moment with no less than thirteen major apartment developments sprouting skyward. Comfortably surpassing the established might of Southbank, South Yarra is second only to Melbourne's CBD in terms of the number of major projects under construction.

Combined, these thirteen projects are according to the Urban Melbourne Project Database delivering 1,784 new dwellings to South Yarra, with an assumption that this would equate to approximately 3,500 additional postcode 3141 residents.

The epicentre that is Forrest Hill, as seen from Claremont Street

At the core of South Yarra's apartment success is Forrest Hill; the once low-rise industrial and commercial pocket was earmarked as an urban renewal precinct during 2005. While a steady trickle of projects have seen tower cranes populating the precinct ever since, it's only a decade later in the early stages of 2015 where Forrest Hill's full might is on display.

Seven of the current crop are located within Forrest Hill precinct, including Lucia/Chiara and Central South Yarra who between them account for 782 of the overall 1,784 apartments under construction. The image above capturing Forrest Hill's Claremont Street holds Prime Tower, Claremont Manor, Alto and Ella; all at varying stages of construction and cumulatively contributing a further 668 apartments.

Central South Yarra rising above it all

Yarra House also finds itself in Forrest Hill precinct, with the remaining projects under construction spread throughout the suburb. Projects west of Chapel Street include 6 Murphy Street, 8 Murphy Street, The Hill Apartments and Her Majesty's Apartments. Gisele and Pure Apartments find themselves to the east of Chapel Street with the latter located in the emerging Garden/Wilson Street area.

While the current level of construction is robust in South Yarra, the next wave of projects heading toward construction in the near to medium term is impressive in itself. Of those apartment projects at registrations or sales, the list is headlined by LK Property's Capitol Grand which at 193 metres in height would be South Yarra's signature built form.

Others included at registrations or sales are Wil&Co, Ralston, Essence and The Elfin. Also watch out for 661 Chapel Street progressing in the not too distant future.

Capitol Grand, 661 Chapel, Wil&Co. Images courtesy Bates Smart, BDLC, McLaren

With many projects still to be added, the current overall list of 28 apartment projects within South Yarra can be found on the Urban Melbourne Project Database.


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.