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Federal Government wants to tip $5 billion into a Melbourne Airport Rail Link

The Prime Minister this morning, at a press conference on the departures level at Melbourne Airport, announced the Federal Government will allocate $5 billion in this year's budget to kick start the construction of a Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL). In last year's budget $30 million was allocated from Federal Coffers - and matched by Spring Street to the tune of $20 million - to pay for a study which would figure out a way to accelerate the...

Hayball rework plans for a major Sydney Road apartment development

A public thoroughfare is the stand out feature of a newly advertised planning application for 200-216 Sydney Road, Coburg. Hayball-designed plans for the site are intended to supersede an already approved scheme which along with the land holding were offered for sale by Colliers during 2016. Colliers pitched the site as a versatile project capable of creating a new urban precinct on one of Melbourne’s major shopping strips. Reportedly sold for...

Two new Melbourne hotels flaunt their design credentials

Another of Melbourne's expansive list of hotel and serviced apartment developments has reached completion. Located at the western end of the expanded Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre precinct, the $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf is now open for business. The distinct golden-clad tower is 26 storeys high and accommodates 347 guestrooms and suites. Its design is a collaborative effort with Woods Bagot and NH Architecture...

The new tram to the south-east - what we'd like to see

Comment The state government has signalled its $3 million 2018 budget contribution announced on Tuesday for the planning work on the new south-east tram line will lead to the project implementation. The planning work to be funded will come up with a defined route, station location, determine the benefits as well as the costs and inform a shovels-in-the-ground date. We're yet to see the strategic context of the project - we can only assume this...

Analysis: the new tram route from Caulfield to Monash University and Rowville

The Premier's media release from yesterday says $3million for the new tram line to the south-east will be used "for design and planning works to examine alignments, park and ride options, stop locations, cost and travel time benefits." On a Channel 9 news report aired on their 6pm bulletin on Tuesday night, footage showed the Premier stating emphatically this money is not a repeat of the Rowville Rail Study under the previous government, it's to...

UEM Sunrise's Conservatory tops out; Aurora approaches the 200 metre mark

UEM Sunrise along with head contractor Hickory Group recently celebrated the ‘topping out’ of conservatory at a ceremony marking the event. The $330 million residential building designed by COX Architecture is located on MacKenzie Street and upon practical completion will become UEM Sunrise’s first completed project in Australia since its entry into the Melbourne market during 2013. conservatory will also include a display comprising 477 pieces...

Spring Street announces budget money for a new tram line between Caulfield, Monash University and Rowville

The State Government has announced this year's budget will include $3million to kick off the planning for a new tram / light rail line which would use the Dandenong Road and Wellington Road corridors and link Caulfield, the Monash employment cluster & university and eventually Rowville. It is anticipated the new tram line would be built in two phases between Caulfield & Monash University and then between Monash University and Rowville...

Escala NewQuay in Focus - Part Two

Following on from yesterday's Q&A with MAB's David Allt-Graham , Urban Melbourne today discusses the design approach to Escala in NewQuay with Six Degrees Director Mark Healy and how the office's experience in the residential sector and within Melbourne's laneways, informed the key design drivers and composition of the project's architecture. Escala's podium will comprise a series of buildings, providing a fine grain approach to the...

Box Hill's latest tower proposal incorporates a public rooftop park

Box Hill residents and visitors alike may soon have the chance to access a publicly accessible space atop a new mixed-use tower on Station Street. No stranger to residential development with a string of recent residential builds completed, Station Street may soon sport a new design highlight with the prospective public space rolled into the development championed by Austone International Pty Ltd and Australia Dingjiu Group Pty Ltd. Designed by...

Australia 108 approaches 50% of its height

The core of the skyscraper which will take the title from Eureka as Melbourne's tallest building is approaching 50% of its eventual height. Images posted on the Urban Melbourne Projects & Construction forum by stalwart member redden show that Multiplex are now working on the 50th level within the core box. Australia 108 will eventually have 99 floors, rising to 317 metres above the intersection of City Road and Southbank Boulevard. With well...

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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.