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Boom times for apartment construction in Glen Eira

Glen Eira's apartment construction scene is particularly healthy at present. Failing any construction works on marquee projects such as Caulfield Village or Monash University, a 'mosquito fleet' of low-rise apartment projects are ably taking up the slack and keeping the crane count within Glen Eira at a heightened level. Across the Urban Melbourne Project Database, 27 separate projects are listed as at construction, whilst additional smaller...

Pondering what oBike and other dockless cycle schemes mean for Melbourne

Last week oBike - a Singaporean-based dockless bike sharing scheme - began a pilot in Melbourne. It's the first of what may be many private-sector bike sharing schemes that could start to proliferate the public realm right across the city and it's worth pondering what this means for the transport network and for local government. In a nutshell, the system works like this: you download the app on your phone, sign up (which includes a one-time...

Why touted public transport savings from competitive tendering are too high

John Stanley , University of Sydney and David Hensher , University of Sydney A new report from Infrastructure Australia, Improving Public Transport: Customer Focused Franchising , and its associated technical report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), will have state and federal treasurers salivating. The accompanying press release is clearly intended to set their fiscal juices flowing. It suggests that: … subjecting the operation of Australia’s...

Urban Melbourne's 3D model is evolving

Recently we've been exploring new ways to host our 3D model (or parts thereof) on the site. And today we're going live with a public beta that we'd love to hear your feedback on. This is a significant step forward as we have previously had to rely on rendered stills to illustrate future development projections. As an example, we have taken an in-progress portion of the Southbank model, which allows you to orbit around and freely control with...
308 Exhibition Street will have views towards and over the Carlton Gardens. Image: Supplied (Cropped)

S P Setia's 308 Exhibition Street approved: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts confirmed as operator

S P Setia has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts for its twin tower development at 308 Exhibition Street. In attendance were representatives from both companies including S P Setia Chairman Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid and Shangri-La Asia CEO Mr. LIM Beng Chee in addition to dignitaries from Malaysia and members of the media, including Urban Melbourne. 308 Exibition Street set to rise...

Front and centre: new Footscray Riverfront Apartments

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Introducing the first absolute riverfront access project to be launched in Footscray. Located just 4 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD this architecturally-designed project commands pole position within Footscray. Apartments are available to purchase now before the general public launch in August, with astute buyers provided first opportunity to pick the best apartments in the development. Footscray Rail Station is a mere 800 metres away, as is...

University of Melbourne adds another design showpiece to their Parkville campus

In recent times it has been a race of sorts between the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus and the Clayton domicile of Monash University to see which institution can deliver the most impressive new build facilities across their respective campuses. Urban Melbourne last month highlighted Monash University's grand design gesture , the new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building, which will begin construction shortly. Not to be left...

Hayball discuss the evolution of Melbourne's student housing sector

In light of the boom in student accommodation projects, Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to chat with Hayball duo Marcus Ieraci and Tom Gilbert. As senior members of the Southbank-based design practice, both are heavily involved in Hayball's numerous student accommodation endeavours, and are all to happy to outline where the sector has come from in Melbourne, and more importantly, what lies ahead. As a point of reference Hayball has...

Transdev's Doncaster & Donvale BRT proposal: a welcome addition to the public transport debate

The Age's transport reporter Adam Carey broke the news that Transdev - the operator of one-third of Melbourne's bus network - has initiated a market-lead proposal to bring a modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to Melbourne's East. The proposal would see road and freeway medians taken over by dedicated bus lanes - including using the wide median in the Eastern Freeway - as well as raised platform stops scattered along the line, The Age reports...

Top Cop Shop: 311 Spencer Street gains City of Melbourne support

At its recent Future (Planning) Committee, the City of Melbourne resolved to provide conditional support to Cbus Property's office development at 311 Spencer Street. The Woods Bagot designed tower will occupy a 5,136 sqm site with a frontage to Spencer Street of approximately 55m, yielding an above ground GFA of 107,129 sqm. As mentioned in an earlier article , Victoria Police will be vacating their current premises at 637 Flinders Street to...

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Development & Planning

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 00:00
John Demos Architects have conceived a new apartment building with the expectation that the project be an appropriate design gesture for a key Ivanhoe infill site. Vacant for many years, 40 Upper Heidelberg Road was in the past subject to a smaller apartment development that failed to materialise.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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.

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Transport & Design

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:00
Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.