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Gravity Tower in Fishermans Bend now complete

Gravity Tower, the first tower to start construction, top out and reach completion with residents now calling it home has been completed in the Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Developed by Blue Earth Group, designed by Plus Architecture and constructed by Hamilton Marino builders, Gravity Tower is well and truly a tower of the pre-Andrews government planning regime. So much so, construction has completed before the imminent release of the...

Spring Street unveils its response to Infrastructure Victoria's 30 year strategy

The state government has unveiled its Victorian Infrastructure Plan . The plan is required to be released each time Infrastructure Victoria updates its 30-year strategy which was unveiled in December 2016. On the whole, there aren't many surprises however one aspect of the recently released documents should not be ignored - we get a high-level, albeit brief, feel for what the government is currently thinking on the range of infrastructure...

Crema Group sizes up another tower for South Melbourne

Crema Group is the driving force behind the purchase of 8 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne which was successfully sold by Colliers earlier this year. Perhaps better known as home to Pink Palace, the 908sqm island site has gone to planning with the expectation of another high-rise for this burgeoning pocket of South Melbourne. Bids for the site closed during March, having been offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. Reportedly sold...

Devitt takes aim at the pinnacle of Melbourne's luxury apartment market

409 St Kilda Road is being positioned as Melbourne's most elite address. In a recent media blitz, Devitt Property Group unveiled their intentions for the prime site which currently houses an exhausted-looking 14 level office building. In its place will rise a similarly-sized residential building that Devitt Property Group expect will become Melbourne's most prestigious address on Melbourne's most recognisable boulevard. Kane Devitt of Devitt...

Probuild delivers Marina Tower ahead of schedule

Probuild has completed construction of the mixed-use Marina Tower development within the NewQuay precinct down at Docklands for developer Hiap Hoe. Rising 43 and 36-storeys respectively the two conjoined buildings feature a distinctive leaning tower design, which the national contractor notess is a Melbourne first. Occupying a 3,795sqm site within what was once ING's Waterfront City, the 140m towers cantilever over low-rise buildings below,...

Melbourne under construction - a decade ago

What was appearing across Melbourne's skyline a decade ago? There certainly wasn't the stupendous number of high-rise towers or low-rise apartment apartment buildings at construction relative to today, but nonetheless a robust construction sector was churning out a respectable number of new and interesting projects. See below a retrospective construction overview at this corresponding period a decade ago. Docklands Docklands was a hive of...

Jam Factory redevelopment piles on the pressure to upgrade Caulfield Station

Comment Upon reading about Newmark Capital's intention to redevelop South Yarra's Jam Factory, my first thought was 'gee South Yarra station's going to be busy'. Busier than it currently is in peaks, mind you. The headline numbers are quite impressive: an end-value of $1.25 billion and 100,000 square metres of mixed-use space. 50,000 square metres will be new office space with floorplates up to 4,000sqm spread across 4 office towers up to 15...

CostaFox tackles Fishermans Bend with new proposal

Developers continue to stake their claim in Fishermans Bend, as the State Government prepares to release the draft Fishermans Bend Framework which will outline the future composition of the massive urban renewal area. CostaFox Developments has entered Fishermans Bend at an interesting juncture, lodging an application for a prime Dockland site in the shadows of the State Government announcement. Sited behind Yarra's Edge's low-rise townhouse...

Unique amenity in Abbotsford at The Park House

Why are residential developments in Abbotsford so sought after? Bordered by the Yarra River, with wide tree-lined streets and parkland such as Gahan Reserve and Victoria Park makes Abbotsford, in area, one of the smallest suburbs in Melbourne. Much of Abbotsford has heritage overlay and limited to 2 levels in height resulting in many single front weatherboard homes staying in their original, yet renovated, condition. As a result there is limited...

Croydon station and how its relationship with the local area might change

It is not on the state government's list of 50 level crossings to be removed, however, the Coolstore Road level crossing in Croydon is nevertheless subject to some interesting preliminary conceptual work. In August 2016 Maroondah City Council appropriated $40,000 and engaged consultants to look into the possibilities for the Croydon town centre and the report on the outcomes of the preliminary findings was presented by Peter Marshall from K2...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00
Gravity Tower, the first tower to start construction, top out and reach completion with residents now calling it home has been completed in the Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Developed by Blue Earth Group, designed by Plus Architecture and constructed by Hamilton Marino builders, Gravity Tower is well and truly a tower of the pre-Andrews government planning regime.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.