Key residential projects gain approval

A string of recent planning approvals throughout inner Melbourne has allowed for the addition of some 750 dwellings. Spread over eight separate projects, the residential schemes further add to Melbourne's pipeline while not being confined to one particular postcode or municipality.

Strictly the only non residential approval, Southbank's 64-68 Clarendon Street, has seen its permit issued during November after being lodged during February of this year. Designed by Bruce Henderson Architects, the 27 level tower will accommodate 161 serviced apartments.

Located diagonally opposite Crown Metropol Hotel, the approved tower is now likely to be touted to prospective operators.

Also in Southbank and Evolve Development look to have gained final approval for 25-27 Coventry Street with all public applications for the intended 20 level tower noted as approved. 25-27 Coventry Street shapes as Evolve Development's next major inner city project following Jewel Apartments heading to construction and the firm's sale of Williamstown's high density Waterline Place project.

25 Covenrty Street and Southbank's latest hotel

Two projects have found favour north of the CBD. Alpha 14 Property Group are poised to receive final planning approval for 386-394 Spencer Street, West Melbourne after receiving a notice of decision to grant a permit during November.

Set behind retained historic buildings, the new 16 level apartment building will rise with a distinctive pink motif applied to the facade if initial plans for the project are realised. The Hayball creation is likely to consist of 105 apartments split between one and two bedroom options.

Arden-Macaulay Precinct has received another approval with 114-116 Haines Street given the green light during October. It joins a number of other immediate residential projects which will transform the pocket of North Melbourne into a high density, mid-rise enclave.

A creation of Kyriacou Architects, 114-116 Haines Street will present as a 10 level building with in excess of 30 apartments included.

Haines Street and Spencer Street will receive new residential buildings

VCAT have ruled on two noteworthy projects within City of Port Phillip.

Highlighted on Urban Melbourne during the early stages of 2015, a unique tree-laden proposal has been given the green light at K1 Union Street adjacent to St Kilda Road. KMK Developments received their permit for the project this month, allowing for the delivery of a 13 level apartment building with 13 whole floor apartments split between 3 or 4 bedroom options.

K1 Union's unique exterior and viewline along with 550 Williamstown Road

Also gaining approval is 550 Williamstown Road with VCAT issuing a permit for the 967sqm site that borders but is not within the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. The Jackson Clements Borrows design will see 33 apartments created within a six level building that sits opposite Port Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A permit for the project was issued within the last two weeks.

Slightly further afield and 649 Chapel Street has progressed after a number of failed proposals for the site. During October a notice of decision to grant a permit was advertised for the project which Malaysian developer Mitraland has slated as their first Melbourne project.

Valued at $50 million, the project will deliver 72 apartments within a narrow 20 level residential building designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects. At 488sqm, the site and subsequent tower will eventually be wedged in between appreciably larger residential developments.

649 Chapel Street and Brunswick West's 350-364 Moreland Road

VCAT has also ruled on a deceptively large apartment development in Brunswick West. 350-364 Moreland Road presents as a four level building to the street, yet is large enough to carry in excess of 70 apartments over a 2,082sqm site. In planning for over a year, the project was given the green light during September.


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.