Hornsby goes higher with a new $170 million application

A new planning application is seeking to deliver Hornsby's tallest residential tower. Diversified property firm Lyon Group Australia is backing the proposal which seeks to add two towers across 187-203 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby. In addition to the two residential towers, other uses within the proposal include a supermarket, stand-alone retail spaces and commercial offices. Lodged with Hornsby Shire Council earlier this month, the TURNER-designed...

Campbelltown takes its urban future into its own hands

Campbelltown has announced itself as the latest Australian city to pursue a high-density future. The Re-Imagining Campbelltown strategy which was formed jointly by Council and Deloitte was handed down this week before the New South Wales parliament. In Sydney's southwestern suburbs, Campbelltown is well positioned to leverage off the forthcoming Western Sydney Airport. Under Council's vision, Campbelltown would become the nation's greenest city...

DKO Architecture designs for Meriton in Mascot

Mascot's desirability as a Sydney apartment hot spot has been reinforced by way of a fresh planning application on behalf of prolific developer Meriton. DKO Architecture is the design lead for the tower at 133-141 O'Riordan Street, which was submitted during February. The development site was purchased by Meriton during 2017 for $25 million with approval in place for 99 apartments; this equates to roughly $2,700 per square metre of approved...

Podia and CPG take aim at premier position in Neutral Bay

Podia and Centennial Property Group are looking to add to Neutral Bay's tightly held apartment market via a fresh development application that landed with North Sydney Council earlier this month. The submission for approval follows on from Colliers successfully selling 14-20 Premier Street during January; the site with 63 metres of frontage contained four small-scale freehold apartment buildings and was billed as a prime development site. Site...

Chevron One heralds the beginning of Chevron Island's transformation

Melbourne developer Bensons Property Group is spearheading the transformation of Chevron Island, taking to sales the island's first high-rise residential tower. Sited directly behind the heart of Surfers Paradise, Chevron Island has been earmarked for increased high-density living. To that end, the number of high-rise towers proposed for Chevron Island has mushroomed, although Bensons Property Group will be the first sizeable project to market...

Three rail corridors across VIC, NSW, QLD receive federal money for business cases

Three intercity rail corridors across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland are set to share in $20million announced at the last federal budget to develop business cases for faster and expanded rail services. The three separate business cases are expected to be developed over the next 12 months and the money the federal government invests in the business case development will be matched with investment from the three different proponents. In...

Laing O'Rourke secures contract to transform Sydney's Central Station

The New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance has confirmed Laing O'Rourke has secured the contract to build the new Sydney Metro platforms at Central Station. The contractor will also be responsible for building Central Walk, a new underground concourse designed to simplify pedestrian connectivity throughout Sydney's primary rail terminal. Billed as the biggest improvement to the station in decades, the contract awarded to Laing O'...

Western Sydney gets a City Deal, ambitious rail-based transit vision

The Prime Minister and New South Wales Premier were at the University of Western Sydney on Sunday to announce the Western Sydney City Deal which among other things will kick off an ambitious rail network for Sydney's outer-outer suburbs. Key amongst the primary announcements was the commitment of up to $50million from both the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments for the purposes of conducting a business case for an entirely new north-...

More apartments flood into Norwest

Developer Mulpha's bid to significantly upscale their its Norwest Business Park precinct within Baulkham Hills is gathering momentum, as evidenced by their latest residential project which is slated to reach 23 levels. At 2-6 Maitland Place, the proposal which was submitted during late February is the developer's first tangible manoeuvre post Mulpha's announcement during late 2017 that they would undertake a considerable expansion of the Norwest...

Urban Taskforce Australia says IA report reinforces the need for urban densities

Peak body Urban Taskforce Australia has weighed in on the release of Infrastructure Australia's Future Cities report. Future Cities tackles the planning issues surrounding Australia's sustained population growth and calls on the Federal Government to take a leadership role in the development of Australia's cities. While noting that the nation's four largest cities will see 75% of population growth through to 2046, the paper particularly focuses...

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