Signed, sealed but yet to be delivered. Work commences on 900 new dwellings

Builders signage across a quartet of sites has heralded the commencement of a new wave of construction that will create 900 new dwellings.

The four separate projects are headlined by 601 St Kilda Road which has just seen Icon signage made prominent across the site. 601 St Kilda Road was a low-rise commercial complex, but it is quickly making way so that Icon can deliver 400 plus apartments over three separate buildings.

Dubbed St. Boulevard and Magnolia, the towers onsite will be separated by a green communal space. 2,000 plus square metres of amenity also includes an outdoor pool, health club/gym, heated spa and sauna, dining area, outdoor BBQ pods, lounges and bathing pavilions.

The Elenberg Fraser-designed trio of buildings adds to St Kilda Road's seemingly endless flow of large-scale apartment projects.

St Boulevard/Magnolia. Image: Elenberg Fraser

Although announced last year, Watpac is only now ready to advance on Stage 2 works, being the main building fronting 619 St Kilda Road.

With demolition all but complete, works will begin on the delivery of a new nine-storey building for Jewish Care Victoria. Watpac value the building contract for the multi-phase development at $73 million.

The Senior Living and Community Precinct includes construction of 156 residential units, health care, and medical services above basement car parking. An art gallery, community service centre, training rooms, function spaces, family lounges, winter gardens and indoor/outdoor terraces round out the smith + tracey architects-designed project.

An early render of 619 St Kilda Road. Image: Jewish Care

Verve Constructions has fresh signage up across 33-35 Hall Street in Moonee Ponds.

The builder has taken on the 14-storey tower after the project had stumbled at the first attempt; S.W.A.T Building initially had the job but the site had laid dormant for some 14 months after their appointment. Marketed as Central 35, the development includes near on 70 apartments and three ground-level retail spaces.

The appointment of Verve Constructions will no doubt hearten buyers within the project that is running well behind schedule.

33-35 Hall Street. Image: Davey Architecture Studio

Hacer signage is also due at 127-139 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick.

The builder has snared the first stage of East Brunswick Village, developer Banco Group's latest multi-residential project. With earthworks active across the massive site for in excess of 12 months, Hacer now has a target completion date of late 2019.

As part of the first stage, Hacer will create 223 new apartments within an 18,000 square metre building. A Coles supermarket, Liquorland and four additional retail tenancies are located above two basement levels.

East Brunswick Village has been designed by JAM Architects.

East Brunswick Village - Stage 1. Image: Hacer

Development & Planning

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00
The Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz and the local member for Williamstown Wade Noonan opened a new development designed specifically for women and children escaping family violence.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment