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The Capitol of South Yarra

Covered briefly earlier in the week, Urban Melbourne today takes an in depth look at the latest and greatest proposal for The Capitol in South Yarra. Acquired by former Dodo founder Larry Kestelman's LK Property Group it becomes the seventh incarnation in a long list of development proposals for the 5,600sqm former Capitol Bakeries site on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street.

Turning the tide in the badlands

Asked once why I disliked fringe Melbourne housing estates so vehemently I replied those residing there were 'existing without living'. That is of course not the fault of those residents as for one reason or another (generally socioeconomic), they have found themselves at Melbourne's periphery. Arcing from Tarneit to Cranbourne, far too many pathetically designed new housing estates have been created with little regard to good design and amenity...

West Melbourne the new Southbank?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I do recall that as far back as a decade ago under the tenure of then Planning Minister Mary Delahunty, West Melbourne was slated to become another high density extension of the CBD. It was said at the time West Melbourne would generally mimic Southbank in that an increase in height and density was considered appropriate for the suburb adjoining Melbourne's CBD. The subsequent ten years have seen dribs and drabs of...

Prescribed rules and discretionary guidelines: it's the discussion we need to have

Discretionary guidelines and prescribed planning rules - it's a discussion we need to have. That's the view I formed after attending the Melbourne Conversations Urban Heritage / New Architect - where to now? event held on Monday night at the Capitol Theatre. In many more words that what I have used above, an audience member posed that question to the panel toward the end of the 90 minute session. It was prefaced by a discussion on the sheer...

190 metre tower sought for South Yarra

Mid last year Nicholas Harrison wrote a piece titled " Sixth time lucky at the Fun Factory " which highlighted the many attempts to realise a large-scale tower on what is South Yarra's premier development site. Spanning as far back as 1989, developers have sought to make good a string of predominantly residential schemes designed for the site, but to no avail. The most recent attempt found itself at VCAT during 2013, and ultimately gained...

Development site sales still booming

This morning The Australian reported that a large chunk of the former CUB site bordering the CBD had been sold by Grocon to a mainland Chinese developer for $60 million, thus continuing the string of high profile sites purchased for a healthy sum. With the buoyant market seemingly churning out major development sites within days of one another, it's an opportune time to cast an eye over some of the biggest and best development sites currently...

399 Little Lonsdale Street hits the heights

An existing development site has resurfaced seeking approval for a revised planning scheme that would inject a new 199 metre tower into central Melbourne, while also adding two new hotels into the rampant Melbourne market. Gone is the Peddle Thorp-designed 39 level apartment tower with 219 dwellings, replaced by a sleek 56 level tower comprising apartments and 447 new hotel suites. Conceived for Melbourne-based Riverside Properties Pty Ltd , 399...

Transport promises: delays expected

As Melbourne grows — having doubled in size since the 1970s and being on track to double again to eight million people by 2050 — transport is increasingly becoming a key issue. No longer is this just a debate among politicians, bureaucrats, and engineers, but one for all Melburnians, evident by attention various news media outlets have given to the issue. Transport can simply be understood as how we get from A to B, but it is more than that. It...
East Gate - A vision for Fed Square East and beyond...

Fed Square East: Some food for thought (Part Two)

Following on from part one is the conclusion to the two part-icle that is by comparison a contrast in scale and ambition to yesterday's more modest offering and a far more commercially driven scheme. Featured as part of a submission I entered for the IAAC 's 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest entitled The Self Sufficient City: Envisioning the Habitat of the Future . I was fortunate enough to have my entry included in the accompanying publication...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.