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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...

Footscray's Cowper Residences set to cater for all buyers

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Footscray is to host a new master planned mixed use development adjacent to the heart of Footscray. Any prospective investor or owner occupier can now secure their space within Cowper Residences, which will be released for sale this month. With Footscray the epicentre of Melbourne's inner west, the wider region is currently subject to $26 billion worth of investment committed to infrastructure and associated projects. Footscray built form...

Reflections on doing it right: Alphington, Williams Landing and Fishermans Bend

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. Likewise, this morning's report on XO Project's...

XO Projects' first database entry makes for a sleek Alphington addition

It seems the former Alphington Paper Mill may not be alone in reshaping the face of the inner suburb. Lodged with Yarra Council, plans for a sleek and sizeable apartment development on an adjacent 2,980 square metre site marks the arrival of a new architecture firm to the Urban Melbourne Project Database. XO Projects is the design force behind 700-718 Heidelberg Road; the relatively new firm represents the meeting of local design giant Elenberg...

Target's Williams Landing HQ a boon for the west's commercial prospects

Melbourne's west may not be the epicentre of commercial development, but a trickle of projects is casting a light on the areas potential for future commercial growth. The recent announcement that Target Australia will move its national headquarters to Williams Landing serves to bolster the west's profile, whilst also providing developer Cedar Woods with a premium tenant for their masterplanned development. Located opposite Williams Landing...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 00:00
With a number of significant projects wrapping up construction within Docklands and the end of the financial year imminent, the half way point of 2017 seems like a good time to take a closer look a the state of affairs within Docklands.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:00
Wendy Stone , Swinburne University of Technology ; Margaret Reynolds , Swinburne University of Technology , and Terry Burke , Swinburne University of Technology The great Australia dream of owning your own home is still alive despite the various problems plaguing housing affordability, new Census data shows.

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00
South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct.

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.