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The Oakleigh goliath: 807-811 Warrigal Road

City of Monash is welcoming feedback on what may become Oakleigh's new tallest building, with a development application spanning Warrigal and Dandenong Roads in the pipeline. Entity Viapac Australia Pty Ltd which represents a number of land owners, is the driving force behind the project that would create the suburb's largest development to date. In addition to hundreds of apartments, a healthy serviced apartment segment is included within the...

Southbank continues to attract development attention

The deeper pockets of Southbank continue to tick over as developers line up the next wave of apartment projects in the area. Most recent to planning is 83-89 Coventry Street, with the large corner site of 976sqm landing with City of Melbourne in recent days. Proposed is a 20 storey reisdential tower with ground level retail and basement carparking. At the time of sale near on two years ago, the site was offered by Colliers with a "World class...

Love me tender: projects currently at tender that will begin in 2017

A flourish of construction tender activity toward the year's end is seeing Melbourne's commercial builders lining up to grab some of the city's prime construction contracts. With a host of tenders emerging in the last two weeks, 2017 is shaping as a year that will continue Melbourne's heightened levels of construction output. While the mega tower builds that have defined recent years may be on the wane, there's no shortage of other projects...

Hayball's South Melbourne vertical school wins on an international scale

Those who pushed for Fishermans Bend to host a primary school will be feeling somewhat chuffed with the news that the Hayball-designed project has scored a gong at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. South Melbourne Ferrars Street Primary School as it will be known, cleaned up in the Education – Future Projects category, beating out an international field of projects to claim the prize. 10 other entrants were vying for the title,...

Four significant projects receive the NOD

The period between local Council elections and year's end looks likely to throw up further key planning approvals, in light of four significant towers that are all but approved. A Notice of Decision (NOD) has been issued for each of the projects during November, all but assuring they will gain final approval within weeks. Each planning application has been covered by Urban Melbourne over the course of the last year, with the quartet split...

K1 Residences look to set the tone for luxury living

K1 Residences by Optimus Developments is located at K1 Union Street Melbourne and offers a unique point of difference to other developments on the market. as it is one of the most unique selections of residences to come onto the market this year. Rising 13-storeys, K1 comprises 13 full floor residences covering an area of over 175sqm representing a rare opportunity to purchase full floor apartments with commanding 360-degree views. K1 seeks to...

Mirvac's Forge tops out with Voyager on the horizon

The first stage of Mirvac’s Wharf Entrance precinct within Yarra's Edge is nearing completion, with the $200 million Forge residential tower topping out recently. With Forge's topping out ceremony held in recent days, the event also represents a construction milestone for Wharfs Entrance in that it marks the beginning of the end of Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge precinct. Construction within the then new precinct began in the early 2000's. The topping...

Negotiating Form: Q+A with Kerstin Thompson (Part 2)

Recently Michael Smith and Sonia Sarangi sat down for an in depth conversation with Kerstin Thompson, one of Melbourne’s most highly respected architects, to discuss the built environment, form making and the relentless negotiation required to create excellent architecture. This continues from the first part of the interview . Michael Smith : Previously you’ve spoken about your architecture as being a gradient architecture. Is this a conscious...

Placemaking at Pentridge for an improved social and design outcome

Anyone who has traversed the former Pentridge site in recent times can attest to how unsophisticated and unwelcoming the first tranche of apartment and townhouse projects are within the former prison's grounds. More than that it's the failure of these projects to adequately integrate with their surrounds that is perhaps most disappointing. While developed only a few short years ago, they are almost symptomatic of a different time and/or attitude...

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).