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What's driving Melbourne's development site sales frenzy?

Traverse the inner city and you may notice a plethora of properties with 'For Sale' placarded over their frontage. The rise of Asian property developers in the Melbourne market has led to an unprecedented number of development sites offered for sale, with their owners expecting heightened returns as local and offshore developers jostle for premier pieces of real estate. Market conditions are currently very receptive to new residential projects...

Welcome to new Industry Hub members - June

During the month of June we welcomed the addition of three new Industry Hub members. Communications Collective Communications Collective is a leading public relations, corporate communications and event management agency, offering expert consultancy to the property industry. We deliver strategic, focused and creative campaigns that connect, inform, motivate and inspire. Communications Collective has been working in the Australian property...

Five of the best current development sites

The Melbourne property merry-go-round is in full swing with a plethora of development sites currently on offer. Insatiable Asian-backed development firms are providing stiff competition for local property firms as some prime pieces of Melbourne real estate are offered and dually snapped up. Here are but five of the best on offer, some of which include approved development schemes. 1 Ascot Vale Road, Flemington Formerly known as Equinox...

The Urban Melbourne Industry Hub is born

Chances are that 25% of everyone who reads this article will belong to or take an active part in what we deem to be a part of the Urban Industry - property developers, architects, planners, engineers, development managers, financiers, analysts and creatives. Today we are launching a new section of Urban Melbourne where we aim to concentrate industry focused news, analysis and opinion as well as allow interested organisations to carve out their...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).