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Escala NewQuay in Focus - Part One

Urban Melbourne recently highlighted two projects within Docklands that have strong design credentials which stand to add to the ever-evolving precinct's body of architecture. One project in particular, Escala - MAB's latest offering at its NewQuay development - has sought a different approach to previous residential buildings in the area, with the aim of introducing some Melbourne CBD fine grain and character to the eastern precinct. To that...

Mordialloc bypass now a freeway

The State Government has earmarked another $75million for the Mordialloc bypass this morning and announced the road, unveiled during the 2017 budget season, will now no longer have at-grade road intersections. The Mordialloc Freeway, née bypass, was unveiled in 2017 and geotechnical investigations kicked off not long after the May 2017 budget was published. The original cost of the bypass road was $300 million. What were to be intersections when...

Nexus Court's hotel receives the nod

Monash City Council has provided Salta's latest pursuit within their Nexus Corporate mixed-use precinct a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit, with final approval little more than a formality. Last month Urban Melbourne outlined the mixed-use proposal at 12 Nexus Court, which now stands to become Mulgrave's tallest building. Indicative renders suggest that Tribe Hotel Group may have earmarked Salta Properties' intended Mulgrave mixed-...

Houses & early feed-in tariffs helped reduced rooftop solar costs, it's time to focus on apartments and the impending storage boom

Australia is in the middle of a rooftop solar boom with news last week that in the March quarter 351 megawatts (MW) of new capacity was installed including 127MW for the month of March alone. According to SunWiz , the uptake is accelerating. The acceleration has been attributed to high prices from electricity retailers and the consistent cost reductions in photovoltaic technology that has created an environment where many house-owners and...

Carlton Connect Initiative Approved - construction to begin mid-year

On Friday April 6th, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne approved an amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme, allowing construction to commence on Carlton Connect - a major University of Melbourne project being developed in partnership with Lendlease at the site of the old Royal Women’s Hospital in Carlton. The recent approval follows on from the University of Melbourne announcing a partnership with a consortium led by Lendlease in November...

Frankston station rebuild and Skye Road level crossing removal to be complete by mid June

In the merry-go-round of construction blitzes produced by the ongoing level crossing removal project, it's the Frankston line's turn with multiple rail line shutdowns to occur within May and June. Spring Street announced that between the 4th and 27th of May buses will replace trains between Frankston & Carrum as well as the entire Stony Point railway line. Between the 28th of May and the 17th of June, buses will replace trains between...

JW Land's Park Street proposal goes down a different design path

A year has passed since JW Land went on a media blitz promoting their intended development of 699-701 Park Street in Brunswick at the top of Princes Park. Plans for what is currently the Best Western Princes Park Motor Inn were lodged with Council during 2016, although Architectus has veered away from the previous design path with a revised development application which was submitted late last year. Gone is the undulating and bulky glass-clad...

Weekly Podcast - Episode 9 with guest Stuart Moseley, CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority

This week Laurence & I sit down with Stuart Moseley, the CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority. We talk about the role the Victorian Planning Authority plays in the state, the challenges Victoria may face and where consultation is heading in the context of new ways to undertake it. We also chat about Melbourne's employment clusters and how the VPA interfaces with other government departments and authorities. You can also subscribe to the...

City of Casey seeks submissions on Cranbourne's town centre structure plan

The City of Casey is seeking submissions on the draft Cranbourne town centre structure plan which is currently on public exhibition. Cranbourne's draft town centre structure plan covers an area which includes the land from the north of Cranbourne Station, down the South Gippsland Highway; it encompasses the original town centre and the existing light industrial area opposite the Cranbourne racecourse. The structure plan has 4 precincts which are...

Pace seeks to build mixed-use development in Ascot Vale

Pace Development Group are expanding northwards into the City of Moonee Valley with a recently acquired site located at 327-357 Mt Alexander Road currently at advertising. Not afraid of developing in Melbourne's middle ring suburbs as well as the inner-city, the Ascot Vale proposal sits on a 3,846 square metre site which has three frontages, the largest of which is to Mt Alexander Road. Pace has employed Carr Design Group as the project lead,...

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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.