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CHC's grass roots contribution to the community and the needs of the vulnerable

Far from the many apartment projects that are the bread and butter of this website, there are of course a variety of developments that cater, or intend to cater for the fraction of our society's population that find themselves in hardship. Among the 1,300 plus listings within the Urban Melbourne Project Database are a smattering of projects such as 179-191 Flemington Road that are designed to cover the needs of the vulnerable, be they homeless...

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues

Developer GURNER continues to rack up apartment projects within City of Yarra, with the latest an intended apartment development at 23-33 Johnston Street, Collingwood. Although active across many of Melbourne's inner city suburbs, GURNER continues to cherry pick sites across City of Yarra, with the municipality a honey hole for the Prahran-based outfit. GURNER has also maintained its penchant for well-regarded architecture firms, utilising COX...

Kokoda Property calls for in-fill development in the eastern middle ring

Melbourne-developer Kokoda Property has prompted calls for more in-fill development sites in what it calls "Melbourne’s undersupplied eastern middle-ring" in order to fill the demand for quality apartments and townhomes in the leafy suburbs. This follows the sales success of Kokoda’s Trentwood development in Glen Iris, Boroondara, which has achieved sales of 95 per cent within 10 weeks of its launch to market. Owner occupiers who were priced out...

One Queensbridge Street approved

It was announced by the Premier and Planning Minister this morning that One Queensbridge Street, Southbank - previously known as Queensbridge Tower - has been approved. A media release distributed this morning confirmed the project will maintain 388 hotel suites and 708 residential apartments across its 90 floors. The Government has also taken steps to ensure Crown Melbourne and the Schiavello Group give back to the state, with a $100 million...

Go west: Trenerry to deliver West End

Trenerry Property in collaboration with Victor Smorgon Group and the Kanat Family are launching West End, a $300 million mixed-use development that will transform a former West Melbourne industrial site into a vibrant new community. West End is located on an approximately one hectare site in West Melbourne bounded by Rosslyn, Dudley and Adderley Streets, as well as Bluestone Lane near Spencer Street. The site is formerly an Australia Post Mail...

The South Yarra station circus: old and new hoops to jump through

COMMENT Both the State and Federal Parliaments are back with their first sitting weeks for the year and today it's been reported the state opposition planning spokesperson, David Davis, is set to move a motion in the Legislative Council that would see the City of Stonnington take on shared control of planning for the Melbourne Metro project. Opposition planning minister David Davis, who will move the upper house motion, said it was inevitable...

GSA Group go again; adds to the crush of student accommodation projects

The rampant growth in Melbourne's student housing sector will likely gain extra impetus, with international operator GSA Group lining up a second inner city development. With their initial Melbourne foray reaching an important construction marker over the last week, GSA Australia will now look to develop a pre-approved site at 684-688 Elizabeth Street. City of Melbourne had previously granted approval for a 19 storey, SJB Architects-designed...

“We need a definition for affordable housing” - and round and round it goes

“We need a definition for affordable housing” said at least two panel members at the UDIA / Community Housing Federation forum (‘Delivering Affordable Housing’) on Wednesday 1 February 2017 in Melbourne. So, after many years of concern and discussion on this topic of ever increasing importance, we are told we need a definition – round and round it goes! There was little new that came out of the forum, opened by Treasurer Tim Pallas, who spent...

Hitting the wall on Southbank

Having heard of the importance of street setbacks and tower separation over the previous two years as part of the Government's push for better tower design outcomes, somewhat of a built form quirk is emerging on Southbank's Coventry Street. Should the recently submitted 31 Coventry Street gain approval, it would allow four towers to be built wall to wall, with the quartet each spanning approximately 20 levels. With no street or tower setbacks...

Only two level crossings remain between the City and Ringwood

With rail services recommencing operations between Box Hill and Ringwood this morning after the completion of major works on Heatherdale Road and Blackburn road level crossing removal projects, there remains only two level crossings between Flinders Street and Ringwood. Located at Mont Albert Road and Union Road, the latter of which saw a horrific accident last year, these two level crossings, if they were to be reprioritised - perhaps even...

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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, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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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).