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Pace of Abbotsford gains approval and eyes a 2017 construction start

The long-running bid to redevelop Abbotsford's historic St Crispin House has found a resolution, with Pace Development Group granted the right to deliver 133 apartments over 12 levels. In conjunction with SJB Architects, Pace Development Group have refined the design for the development to a point where it was considered an acceptable outcome. Well before Pace assumed control of the site during 2015, St Crispin House was subject to development...

Gunnersen's radical Fishermans Bend intentions in limbo?

Timber merchant Gunnersen looks to have stumbled in an initial bid to revamp its Port Melbourne headquarters into a multi-towered residential development. As City of Port Phillip tabled a less than glowing report on the proposal last week, the project's status on the State Planning Register has been adjusted to 'on hold'. A planning application for the massive 17,500sqm site was lodged during April, lasting only a handful of months until it was...

Docklands Places and Spaces, part two: Victoria Harbour

Following on from part one's photo tour of Yarra's Edge earlier in the week, comes part two which focuses on the so-called 'centrepiece' of Docklands: Victoria Harbour. Where Yarra's Edge is predominantly a residential precinct littered with parks, restaurants and the odd community facility, Victoria Harbour provides a mix of commercial and residential with a healthy dose of community and public infrastructure in between. The likes of ANZ, NAB,...

Melbourne's latest public art installation arrives at Docklands

Yarra's Edge is now home to Melbourne's latest piece of public art. At the foot of Mirvac's latest development within the Docklands precinct, a 50-metre artwork by Melbourne artist Tracy Sarroff has taken place. Rising from the Yarra, the sculpture consists of 16 buoyant crystalline shards made from opaque acrylic that ebb and flow with the tide, and change colour as pedestrians transit the immediate area. The shards which rise up to six metres...

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Docklands Places and Spaces, part one: Yarra's Edge

A couple of weeks ago, on a sunny winter's day I decided to go for a walk and take a few snaps around Docklands, not a bad excuse to get out of the office. My walk started at South Wharf and after visiting Yarra's Edge, Victoria Harbour, NewQuay and Harbour Town finished up at Collins Square. Looking towards South Wharf and Yarra's Edge. Today's piece is Part 1 of a visual essay on Docklands as it stands today with a bit of commentary on the...

Two stand out Melbourne projects reveal their true colours

They are at either end of the size scale, yet two key Melbourne developments are beginning to show their wares. Both Australia 108 and South Melbourne Primary School have received their first exterior finishes over recent weeks, providing the passersby with a glimpse at the final product which is still some time away, particularly in the case of Australia 108. Melbourne's soon-to-be tallest tower situated on Southbank has received cladding over...

Spowers adds to the Collingwood development blitz

Long-established architecture firm Spowers has made a return to the Urban Melbourne Project Database as the design force behind an application to account for a vacant Collingwood corner plot with a new commercial building. Located on the south-east corner of Langridge Street and Wellington Street, 51 Langridge Street finds itself at the epicentre of Collingwood's latest development wave. The vacant block of 510sqm is perhaps best known from a...

Census 2016: the 20 most densely populated areas of Melbourne

17,506 people per square kilometre. Melbourne's CBD is now the most densely populated place in Australia, as the data released by ABS last Friday shows. From 2006 to June 2016, Melbourne's CBD saw 26,224 new residents move in bringing the total population to 41,473. And to think this was only up to June 2016 - there's a long way to go yet with all the mega towers still under construction or yet to begin construction. Carlton gets the silver...

An overview of Melbourne's serviced apartment pipeline

In light of Urban Melbourne's recent article highlighting the 9,500 hotel suites in development across the city , it's an opportune time to look at the serviced apartment sector in comparison. 45 separate projects are in motion which include hotel suites or are solely dedicated toward hotel accommodation. Conversely the Urban Melbourne Project Database is tracking 31 current developments capable of adding a further 3,181 serviced apartments to...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:00
Architecture practice HASSELL is heading design efforts for a new office development with an end value of $163 million that will see job search firm SEEK take root within Cremorne. The atypically shaped campus-style building was lodged with City of Yarra earlier this month, nominating a large land parcel at 60-88 Cremorne Street as SEEK's new headquarters.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 00:00
Comment It was looking flakey already but now with the announcement over the weekend that the on-again, off-again rail port shuttles are back on the agenda, the West Gate Tunnel project has gone beyond barely scraping through the sniff test to stinking to high heaven.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
The notion of Melbourne becoming a 20-minute City has been explored heavily in recent times. Seeking to provide Melburnians with the ability to 'live locally', the 20-minute City, in essence, strives to provide people with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home.