Total Watermark - Making Melbourne a Water Catchment

Leading the way in sustainable water management, the City of Melbourne have recently released its new policy which focuses on ways that aim to make Melbourne a more water sensitive city. The new policy titled Total Watermark City as a Catchment follows on from previous City of Melbourne water management policies that began in 2002 then were supported by the adoption of Total Watermark in 2004 and the Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)...

So very Melbourne > 228-238 Normanby Road, South Melbourne

Brooding, sleek and elegant...we like this one, we really like it. Prominent Melbourne architecture firm Rothe Lowman have expanded to their burgeoning Fishermans Bend projects portfolio with the addition of 228-238 Normanby Road, Southbank. Submitted for consideration during early October the scheme is on behalf of site proponent Perpetual Normanby Pty Ltd, a CBD-based company which appears on Urban Melbourne for the first time. Prior to...

Is DONcaster rail, is good?

With the federal election now done and dusted, its almost hard to remember a time when Tony Abbott wasn't PM. For those of us who actually miss the spin, gaffes and broken promises of an impending election (aside from the ones our esteemed PM still provides), never fear - the state election is only 12 months away - even less if Geoff Shaw manages to alienate yet another subsection of the Victorian population before then. For those of you who...

Like it? Love it! 381 Cremorne apartments

Urban Melbourne loves to highlight certain projects that strike a chord with our ethos; that is quality, higher density developments that are exceptionally located within Melbourne's urban environment, and 381 Cremorne fits the bill. A restrained yet quality development with nearby amenity, retail and transport offerings, Cremorne itself offers one of the highest walk scores of any Melbourne locality at 89. Externally 381 Cremorne sees a fully...

Independent assessment for East-West Link Comprehensive Impact Statement

The Planning Minister has announced the creation of an independent assessment committee which will review public submissions received during the exhibition of the Comprehensive Impact Statement for the East-West Link. An event to watch next month will be forum the City of Yarra will be holding to discuss the CIS on Thursday 7th November at the Fitzroy Town Hall, 6pm - the feedback Yarra receive at the forum will be used for the City of Yarra's...

The St Kilda way

Recently Urban Melbourne looked at the generally high quality of its contemporary apartment building designs throughout Port Melbourne , but well, that was the entrée - as today we give an overview to the heavyweight that is St Kilda. Highly popular due to its setting, a beacon for the trendy, the wealthy and the... lucky, St Kilda will always lend itself to high quality apartment projects. Developers realise higher off the plan prices are...

Small Giants find their Citiniche

Urban Melbourne foundation partner Citiniche has announced in conjunction with dynamic property developer Small Giants and architecture firm Jackson Clement Burrows the launch of an Urban Green pilot project in Collingwood. Working by the moniker Peel & Oxford, the new development is to date named after the corresponding intersection upon which it will be realised, deep within Collingwood's heritage precinct characterised by the Foy &...

The cranes have it - A Melbourne construction overview

Articles have surfaced in recent weeks highlighting the number of cranes appearing throughout Melbourne and the implied construction/economic activity that follows. Yesterday yielded the most recent piece with the Australian Financial Review running an article titled 'Crane count a good construction indicator' where international property and construction practice Rider Levett Bucknall counted the number of cranes populating the skylines of...

Reflecting on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link

It's that time again; other media outlets are reporting on Melbourne Airport's most up-to-date figures regarding its ever expanding car parking revenues. And cue the inevitable uproar on the lack of perceived non-car access methods to the airport. As we've seen, even on Urban Melbourne, there's a lot of debate on how to provide alternative access methods to Tullamarine. Martin Mankowski dished up a thought provoking piece during June on Skybus...

From the ground up > 2-4 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne

Urban Melbourne touched upon this planning application briefly via this article some weeks ago, yet today we look closer at the imposing proposal that is 2-4 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne. Submitted for assessment during August, the dual tower scheme seeks to replace the current low-rise home of MAP Coffee within the Montague Precinct. On behalf of Buckhurst Development Pty Ltd, the proposals overall design is a joint effort between Jackson...



Development & Planning

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:00
A developer new to the Urban Melbourne Project Database is seeking a berth within the bustling West Melbourne apartment scene. 137-157 Adderley Street as a tri-fronted 1,606sqm site headed to planning during May on behalf of Auburn Land Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, July 28, 2017 - 00:00
It's big, it's complex, it has many moving parts and the debate has been raging for a long while now. Escalating energy prices, our commitment to international agreements on emissions reduction and political inaction have all played a part in an at times ugly debate on Australia's energy generation and where it's headed in future.

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.


Transport & Design

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 08:00
Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.