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Anstey in Development

As a follow-up piece to my recent Anstey in Colour piece, today we'll dissect the growing number of apartment buildings surrounding Anstey Station and the subsequent change in the area's urban character. Below the reader will find more questions than answers, designed to provoke thought more than anything else. Firstly though a brief outline of the area's recent and ongoing renewal into an apartment enclave. View Anstey in Development in a...

The Access Docklands transport strategy

Forum member Fedsquared recently created a thread in the UM forum linking directly to the "'Access Docklands' - A Strategy for the Docklands Transport Network" document - it warrants much more exposure and discussion. The strategy was devised by Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne in collaboration with UrbanTrans ANZ and the original document can be viewed here . Cutting right to the chase, the strategy provides a long-term view of the...

A thank you & an update on our road map

Firstly, thanks to everyone who's visited Urban Melbourne so far. We started in early March, doubled the amount of people using the site in April and 12 days into May, double the amount of people have already visited the site compared to the same time last month. Special thanks goes directly to the industry participants who have allowed us to expand their respective project pages with more renders and directly placing their marketing material...

Williams Landing station, a photographic overview

Williams Landing is the newest station to be added to the Metro network. Costing $86 million for the station itself + track, catenary and signalling rework. Lack of foresight with regards to including higher-density development around the station aside, it's quite a handsome station - and came with a feeder bus network from opening as well (however, as is mostly the case in the outer suburbs, the bus frequencies leave a lot to be desired). I...

Melbourne's history, in paint and over 50 incredible metres

As Dimmeys Richmond starts its metamorphosis into Richmond Icon apartments, the exemplary Hayden Dewar mural adorning the building has been boarded up for a considerable amount of time during construction. For those not aware of this engaging piece of art, Hayden Dewar's webpage carries this description... "Commissioned for Dimmeys 150th anniversary and painted on the sidewall of the Richmond Dimmeys store A 50 metre long mural depicting...

You & I enters construction phase

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You & I , ICD Property's first foray into the Collingwood area is commencing construction on May 29th. Designed by Orbit Solutions , interiors by Carr Design and to be built by Harris HMC , You & I will be a community built over seven levels comprising 28 one bedroom and 35 two bedroom apartments. Developer Michael Mai, Managing Director of ICD Property said, "We know You & I will have great appeal to owner-occupiers and investors...

Eagerly awaiting the business case for the East West tunnel

The Victorian Budget was released yesterday with the majority of headlines throughout the media consumed by the announcement that the proposed East-West Tunnel has been given an additional $294 million to further preliminary design and procurement works. Mainstream media outlets have also questioned why the business case for such a project has not been publically released. At this point the Victorian public are still in the dark as to why nearly...

The Melbourne versus Sydney debate isn't boring: it's useful

Annie Stevens, writing in Fairfax's Daily Life, wrote a piece last Friday (3/5/13) titled "Melbourne versus Sydney debate is boring" and went on to highlight how it's the stereotypes which fuel this debate to the point of boredom. I agree - however to come straight to my point: if we didn't have this boring and mundane debate, we'd have no competition between the cities - not a good outcome! When cities and their respective citizens, business...

The Strand Arcade redevelopment

The revitalisation of Melbourne’s retail heart carries on with ISPT recently green lighting construction for the Strand Arcade redevelopment, valued at $20 million. Located on Elizabeth Street between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets, the arcade will see its internals gutted and reconstructed, creating 23 new retail tenancies over 2,343sqm of space. The exterior will also receive an upgrade with Studio 505 designing a new façade for the...

Take it either way > 661 Chapel Street planning application

It's not often that a developer goes to the trouble of commissioning two schemes for the one site with the expectations both will gain planning approval. That's precisely what South Yarra stalwart developer Michael Yates & Co has done. 661 Chapel Street, South Yarra is currently a lowrise commercial complex yet should either or both applications gain approval, a minimum 287 apartments can be expected. The developer has been in negotiations...

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Development & Planning

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00
Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved another commercial tower at Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter development in the Docklands. The building known as Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000sqm of office space into the precinct across its 28 floors, in addition to approximately 2,500sqm of retail space.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
As part of the enabling stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project, the City of Melbourne has finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart designed-tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM's behalf.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
The large-scale redevelopment of Richmond's former Jaques engineering complex has been marked by an number of onsite dedications. Dating back to 1885 and with frontages to Palmer, Coppin, Dyer and Griffiths Streets, the 9,945sqm site's engineering heritage has been permanently embossed across the site.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.