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Casey Cultural Precinct


fjmt wins $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct design competition with contemporary architecture

Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt) has won Victoria’s $125 million Casey Cultural Precinct design competition, beating practices Lyons and ARM, Denton Corker Marshall and John Wardle Architects to bring its striking designs to life.

Selected by a four-member design jury comprising industry professionals and Council representatives, the firm’s proposed design draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, local culture and history of the precinct.

A blend of material sequences and outdoor spaces integrates the landscape with the design of the buildings, forming the common thread linking together the distinct spaces – the 800-seat performing arts centre, regional art gallery, civic centre and council offices, and community plaza.

As visitors arrive, they will be greeted by ‘eagle wings’ branching out over the entry of the building. The distinctive winged roof form of steel and timber embraces the centre and its community both physically and symbolically. From the south-west corner, this design creates an instantly recognisable statement on the corner of Princes Highway and Magid Drive.

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Melbman's picture

^^ Stunning.

Great addition to the Greater Melbourne region.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

Puts the neighbouring Cardinia Cultural Centre to shame!

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Mark Baljak's picture

Nive to see a non Victorian firm try and succeed, little variety never hurt anyone

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Werribee Plaza Redevelopment



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Peter Maltezos's picture

^^LOL! laugh Beat me to it. wink

I collect, therefore I am.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Move out or up: city property supply solutions

With house prices rising and debate raging over whether we are entering bubble territory, it’s worth remembering exactly why local property prices appear relatively high by global standards.

To my mind, it not about overly generous tax subsidies – forms of which exist in most countries – but our relatively unique supply challenges. It’s only on the supply side where lasting solutions to Australia’s festering problem of home affordability can be found.

Why are we unique? Note despite our large land mass, most Australians live along a tiny strip of land that hugs our south-eastern seaboard. Accordingly, there are only two ways to boost housing supply, neither of which is easy: live beyond this narrow strip of land or increase the population density within it.

As for the former, there does not appear enough affordable and well-serviced regions around our major urban centres to expand low-rise housing supply easily. Those who can only afford to buy far out from our cities complain of a lack of available jobs near where they live, or poor transportation links if they’re required to travel into the city for work.

In a classic catch-22, governments are loath to spend on transportation infrastructure and business is loath to create new businesses in these outer regional areas, until enough people live there to justify the investment.

The alternate option of increasing housing density within our inner suburbs gives rise to anti-development protests, and a “not in my backyard” mentality. To some extent these concerns are understandable: few want a skyscraper built next door, with associated increases in local traffic. But it does not make overcoming our housing supply problems any easier.

As a result, Australia is highly urbanised but with relatively low urban density – resulting in a high average land component per unit of housing stock. By international standards, many more of us cram into our two largest cities, which in turn can accommodate relatively few people per square kilometre.

To my mind, it’s the high effective land content per Australian dwelling, and the embedded land price premium, that keeps our average dwelling prices relatively high.

So what to do? Assuming governments remain reluctant to spend on better transport links into existing cities, then one answer is to send the jobs out to the regions through policies that encourage industry decentralisation.

Former NSW Treasury Secretary, Percy Allan, for example, has long advocated more state government activities being housed in regional areas – even moving the NSW Parliament itself to Newcastle. Proposals to rejuvenate dying rural towns by attracting inner city professionals also fit under this strategy.

Meanwhile, another perhaps more viable short-term option is also gaining traction – increasing the residential housing supply within our central business districts.

Paris and New York, for example, are great cities in which to live and work, though manage much higher population densities than Melbourne or Sydney.

Given the still high office vacancy rates in our major capital cities – and an apparent nationwide housing shortage – the current trend toward office-residential conversion is welcome and should be encouraged by all levels of government.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

To some extent these concerns are understandable: few want a skyscraper built next door, with associated increases in local traffic

The point is why do higher-densities necessarily have to work in tandem with increased local traffic? A: The don't.

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High-density developments to be banned in neighbourhoods
February 23, 2014

The state government is set to reform planning rules so high-density apartment developments in neighbourhoods will soon be a thing of the past.
Attorney-General Robert Clark told a Swinburne University investigation that the government's reforms to planning laws will tightly define residential zones so that VCAT will no longer be able to approve ''very concerning large multi-unit developments on ordinary residential streets, despite opposition by the local council''.
Over the past six weeks, this series by journalism students has heard from councils, planners and residents that VCAT stymies local democracy and overrides local councils. VCAT's critics complained that its decision-making is a ''lottery'' favouring developers, while residents are left feeling powerless.
VCAT's supporters believe the tribunal is a scapegoat and that any bad decisions reflect the state's inconsistent planning laws.
But while this series has been running, a report has been sitting on the desk of Planning Minister Matthew Guy, which the government insists will help clarify many of these problems.
The report, by a key advisory body called the State Planning Policy Framework Review Advisory Committee, was commissioned by Mr Guy to ensure that state and council laws can accommodate the government's ambitious Plan Melbourne strategy, which sets out a vision for Melbourne with a population of 6.5 million people in 2050.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/highdensity-developments-to-be-banned-...

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GLEN Eira Council has given the green light to the billion-dollar Caulfield Village residential and retail development overlooking Caulfield Racecourse.

Beck Probuild will start construction on the first of three precincts (see artist’s impression, right) in a project expected to bring thousands of new residents to Caulfield.

Councillors have approved the first development plan, amid debate that revealed many wanted to refuse it. There were concerns about parking, traffic congestion, open space and housing mix and design.

Beck Probuild will have to provide 130 public off-street car spaces across the site, plus another 127 off-street car parks at the eastern end for use by Caulfield Racecourse Tabaret patrons during operating hours.

Glen Eira deputy mayor Michael Lipshutz described the project as “unstoppable’’.

The approved first precinct includes up to 442 dwellings in five apartment buildings and a row of eight townhouses. Beck Probuild spokesman Sam Beck said: “We welcome the council decision to approve the development plan application for Caulfield Village and we look forward to starting this significant project.’’


This is the first stage of the area, the second two include the taller apartment buildings closer to Caulfield station.
Bunch of plans can be found at Glen Eiras website: http://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Council/Planning_and_building/Planning/Ca...

I think it is a bit of a wasted opportunity, given what is supposed to be going up across the rail lines at Monash over the next decade or so. These sites are pretty isolated from the rest of the community at the moment and could have been taller towards the eastern edge. Or at least split the place up into a few different styles.

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Mark Baljak's picture

^^ covers about 25% of the site which is furthest from Monash Uni. 8-odd levels for that section seems OK, design though?

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Some stuff around my neck of the woods; Carnegie, that I've seen advertised or in the Glen Eira planning applications. The first two are on urban melbourne already and the rest might be too small to qualify but the area is bulking up, particularly around the train station and along the tramline.

1056-1060 Dandenong Road, Carnegie
1056-1060 Dandenong Road, Carnegie
173 dwellings across 12 floors, ground floor commercial

2 Morton Ave
2 Morton Avenue, Carnegie
40 dwellings + cafe. Approved, land cleared.

Allegro/Viva Apartments
3-4 Morton Avenue, Carnegie
28 Apartments over 5 stories plus basement carparking
Under construction, nearing completion. Builder: Becon

Standing at station carpark entrance looking west. Elevated site office is for 2 Morton Ave nextdoor (above) about to start construction.

Walter Apartments
Cnr Neerim Road and Kokaribb Road, Carnegie
42 apartments + ground level retail
Approved, site cleared.

25 Truganini
21-25 Truganini Road, Carnegie
42 2 & 3 bedroom apartments
Display suite onsite, site cleared

Spice Apartments
93-97 Truganini Road, Carnegie
28 apartments. 2 bed, 2 bath, 1 carpark
Sales office onsite

Urban Edge
98-100 Truganini Road, Carnegie
22 apartments, 2 level basement carpark
Sales office onsite.

15 Belsize Avenue
15-17 Bellsize Ave, Carnegie
Proposed - Under assesment, application made on 5/08/2014
52 apartments, 2 levels of basement parking

332 Neerim Road
332-334 Neerim Road, Carnegie
26 apartments, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom

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Mark Baljak's picture

^^ not a bad bunch in terms of design

Suburban density restrictions anger mid-sized developers
August 6, 2014

Changes to Melbourne’s planning laws that have made it harder to build high-density housing in the city’s inner and middle suburbs have angered small and medium-scale developers, who say the new rules go too far.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy in June introduced the rules in eight Melbourne councils, including those in the city’s leafy inner-east and its bayside suburbs.
They allow councils to put an end to squabbles over what can be built where, by pushing high-density and high-rise development to a small number of ‘‘residential growth zones’’.
Other councils now want the rules applied in their areas.
But developers whose main trade is in-fill projects in established areas say the rules have made it difficult to find suitable sites.

More than half the city's cranes are swinging over the suburbs as the high-rise development boom takes hold beyond the CBD.
The most-recent crane census by planning website Urban Melbourne found 63 cranes outside central and inner-city areas. That is almost 60 per cent of the total crane population.
MCG Cranes' Mick Martin said in recent years the company has been trucking their cranes "further and further out", as local councils approved taller apartment complexes in traditionally flat neighbourhoods.
They have a crane at a 16-storey high-rise in Glen Waverley, and others in Mitcham and Vermont. Other crane companies report they are operating as far out as Edithvale and Rowville.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/more-than-half-melbournes-construction-cr...

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Mark Baljak's picture

nice to get some exposure for Urban Melbourne

More than half Melbourne's construction cranes fill suburban skylines

More than half the city's cranes are swinging over the suburbs as the high-rise development boom takes hold beyond the CBD.

The most-recent crane census by planning website Urban Melbourne found 63 cranes outside central and inner-city areas. That is almost 60 per cent of the total crane population.
MCG Cranes' Mick Martin said in recent years the company has been trucking their cranes "further and further out", as local councils approved taller apartment complexes in traditionally flat neighbourhoods.

They have a crane at a 16-storey high-rise in Glen Waverley, and others in Mitcham and Vermont. Other crane companies report they are operating as far out as Edithvale and Rowville.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/more-than-half-melbournes-construction-cr...

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Aussie Steve's picture

It appears that the huge site on the Princes Highway, Carnegie is now open for expressions of interest with huge posters on the site promoting this website: www.princesdomain.com

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Chris Seals's picture

Also the old Beaumaris hotel.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Cloverton/Kalkallo for Stockland. Add Merrifield and there's a few likely towers well north of Melbourne in the works

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many a tower for East Werribee

Mirvac circling 400 hectare Melbourne residential property development site

>>Listed developer Mirvac Group is circling Melbourne's biggest infill residential development opportunity – a massive 400 hectare land parcel in East Werribee – as developers jostle for land opportunities and a greater slice of the booming housing market.

The East Werribee site, the former State Research Farm, is earmarked as a future residential suburb and employment hub. Over the next two decades it could house more than 17,000 residents in 7000 dwellings and provide tens of thousands of jobs.

>>Metropolitan Planning Authority CEO Peter Seamer told TheAustralian Financial Review there had been strong interest in the site. "[The MPA] has invited the shortlisted bidders to submit their longer term plans for East Werribee as part of a final proposal by March 4.

"East Werribee will be developed in a world class mixed use and employment precinct, supporting 58,000 jobs and the development of 7000 homes. Over the next 30 years it will become home to leading medical, research, technology and education providers, while work has already started on the delivery of first class infrastructure," Mr Seamer said. He declined to say how many bidders had been shortlisted.

A spokeswoman for Mirvac said:"We don't comment on potential opportunities."

Private developer MAB Corporation has also been linked to the East Werribee site. Chief operating officer David Hall declined to comment.

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Construction has commenced on a 4 level apartment building in Altona Meadows (South Western Suburbs). Rushed pic, but anyways:



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Martin Mankowski's picture

My parents live across the road from this, so will grab some pics when i'm there next.

Seems an odd place for it, miles away from the train and a very hit and miss bus service. Central Sq is across the road, if soulless shopping centres appeal to you!

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Ryan Seychell's picture

104 Mount Street, Heidelberg
4 levels, 120 apartments, 5 shops, a restaurant, and office space with parking in 2 basements located apposite Heidelberg Railway Station, and the Austin Hospital.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

6 Davey Street Frankston:

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Mark Baljak's picture

now to get it to market. I've heard a few stories about this one...see what happens

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Aussie Steve's picture


Now THAT is what Frankston needs more of, as well as a bit more office too.

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