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500 Swanston Street off to VCAT - City of Melbourne provides conditional support

A 17-storey student housing building at 500 Swanston Street is off to VCAT after the applicant, Journal Property Limited, decided to appeal the matter after City of Melbourne council failed to make a decision within the requisite 60 statutory days. During its meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee resolved that it would have issued a permit subject to conditions, had the appeal to VCAT not been...

Frater Group enters the high-rise game in South Melbourne

The already healthy number of residential towers milling around South Melbourne's Domain Precinct can add another to their ranks. 9-11 Palmerston Crescent is the latest development looking for approval with City of Port Phillip, and represents a step up in scale for developer Frater Group. Accustomed to smaller projects to date such as 233-239 Dryburgh Street , Frater Group's push to realise a high-rise tower comes in the form of a Rothelowman-...

More consolidation to come? Tullamarine buses acquired by CDC Victoria

Two weeks ago the Minister for Public Transport announced three companies which operate bus routes in Melbourne have signed on to new performance-based contracts. Ventura, Donric and CDC Victoria were announced as the three companies which signed on the dotted line for contracts which would "provide more flexibility to improve and expand services where they are needed most." Fast forward two weeks, CDC Victoria has announced it has acquired...

City of Melbourne's Transport Strategy refresh. It's time to walk the walk

Just over a week ago the City of Melbourne released the first two discussion papers as part of its Transport Strategy Refresh . These focused on the themes of 'Walking' and 'City Space' with Urban Melbourne providing commentary via this article and during Episode 10 of the Weekly podcast. The ambitious plan will look to examples from abroad such as Barcelona's proposed "superblock" strategy which creates a series of small neighbourhoods around...

The Mailhouse is launched; West End to construction tender

Urban Melbourne whilst onsite during August last year reported on the progress of one of West Melbourne's largest developments. At that time, the former Australia Post facility was well into demolition, with display suite staff stating Trenerry Property's West End mixed-use project would begin construction in the last quarter of 2017 under the guidance of head contractor Hamilton Marino. Despite piling equipment appearing onsite twice in the...

Etihad Stadium's redevelopment to improve links to CBD and Victoria Harbour

Late last week the State Government and the AFL announced a $225m allocation in the 2018/19 budget that will facilitate a major redevelopment of the Etihad Stadium Sporting and Entertainment Precinct. This forms part of a $500m package to retain the AFL Grand Final at the MCG for the next 40 years, support grassroots football and the growing women's competitions through upgrades to local community grounds and suburban stadiums. The Etihad...

Clayton station re-opens, works continue at Rosanna

A part of the Eastern / Autumn school holiday construction blitz has come to a close with the re-opening of rail services to the newest of Melbourne's rebuilt stations in Clayton. The Minister for Public Transport has opened the new Clayton Station this morning marking the second of five new stations to re-open that are being rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal project between Caulfield and Dandenong. Clayton Road and Centre Road are...

Gurner adds weight to Fitzroy North's emerging high-density precinct

A new high-density precinct fronting Fitzroy North's Queens Parade is taking shape. Developer Gurner is mid way through the planing process for a new mixed-use building at 81-89 Queens Parade. It along with Gurner's 26-56 Queens Parade and Development Victoria's pending renewal of the adjoining Gasworks site makes for three large-scale developments in close proximity to one another. 81-89 Queens Parade is the latest development to break cover,...

Union Tower the latest project to top out

JSK Group recently celebrated the 'topping out' of its Union Tower residential project at 296-300 Little Lonsdale Street at a ceremony attended by its project partners PDS Group, Watpac and RotheLowman. The $45m project which comprises 165 apartments across 35 levels and has been designed by architects RotheLowman, represents JSK Group's first Australian development. In light of the project's success, JSK Group plans to accelerate its investment...

Exploring the role of ethics in Melbourne's property scene

Some may scoff, other will question if ethics truly maintains a place in Melbourne's development scene. A values-led, people-oriented and sustainable development model is what many development firms espouse, but few have actually gone down the path of implementing the business model to turn theory into reality. There is, some would argue, a place for ethically driven development outcomes. The Nightingale development model is the prime example of...

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Transport & Design

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 14:00
The City of Melbourne has released the latest discussion paper that is being used to inform submissions on its transport policy refresh. The daily population of the municipality is projected to grow from 900,000 today to 1,400,000 by 2036 and the council is looking to refresh all facets of its transport strategy.