The Corkman (previously the Carlton Inn) in Carlton was illegally demolished without a permit over the weekend. Reports suggest that without a demolition permit or street closure permits, safety provisions for the public were very poor also. This building was listed under a heritage overlay and was almost 160 years old. The site was purchased by a local developer in 2014. Recently after its lease ended, there had been a fire inside the building, which caused some internal damage, but left the building structurally intact. This weekend the bulldozers moved in - the demolition company has now been deregistered, and based on other cases in the inner city over the past couple of years, it would be very surprising if the council and/or VCAT didn't order a full heritage reconstruction of the heritage facade along both street frontages:
Melbourne is in for another dose of Zaha Hadid Architects. After the renowned London-based design practice achieved approval for their first Melbourne project earlier in the year, developer UEM Sunrise has chosen the firm to spearhead their pending residential redevelopment of the former Victoria Police building at 412 St Kilda Road.