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Hayball's Richard Leonard discusses the new Footscray Learning Precinct

The Victorian Government has given the green light for the first stage of the new Footscray Learning Precinct (FLP), which will include the redevelopment of Gilmore College for Girls and Footscray City Primary School following a commitment of $10.6 million in May's State Budget. Hayball has been engaged to complete the master planning and advance designs for all sites in the precinct, including a new junior secondary campus. They are also the...

CoM moves to provide clearance for 63 Exhibition's lofty ambitions

Salta Properties' latest project is poised to clear a major planning hurdle at City of Melbourne's Future Planning Committee sitting this evening. Council planners have recommended approval for Salta's mixed-use tower at 57-63 Exhibition Street. Replacing ASF House, the currently 203m tower with an expected development cost of $255 million may be required to ditch a number of floors in order to prevent overshadowing of Birrarung Marr. City of...

Population shock: we now, more than ever, need to radically re-think Melbourne's transport network

The headlines might be screaming about our 'liveability' being under threat with high levels of population growth in Victoria, but that's just noise. No, Melbourne's population problem is that we have a cabal of industry, politicians and some segments of the media who up until this point have been wedded to the notion that we can continue to 'balance' the infrastructure investment in both freeways and public transport. It should come as no...

City Road checks in; two new CBD hotel developments in the pipeline

The hotel juggernaut across inner Melbourne is showing no signs of slowing down. After last week's announcement that Mandarin Oriental will anchor the Zaha Hadid-designed 600 Collins Street , three further projects have come to the fore in recent days. A long expected Southbank project is headed for a construction start, whilst Melbourne City Council is attending to two further hotel-based planning applications. At 167 City Road, signage for...

Airport rail link can open up new possibilities for the rest of Melbourne

Ian Woodcock , RMIT University and Iain Lawrie , University of Melbourne Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line , with or without state government support. But these conversations need to move beyond the question of getting travellers between their plane and their city hotel. Beyond airport access,...

Off-the-Plan Properties are now Open for Inspection

In the past couple of years, we have seen virtual reality go from an intriguing concept to a full-fledged strategy for off-the-plan property sales. This is due to VR’s unprecedented ability to bring projects to life by recreating environments to scale and placing a potential buyer inside a building that has yet to be built. There are many challenges to selling off-the-plan properties compared to established properties. One of the most...

Home ownership remains strong in Australia but it masks other problems: Census data

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. Even though the overall home ownership trend remains strong, it’s masking other issues. The latest 2016 Census data assesses what the...

Docklands construction update June 2017 (with 3D)

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. Probuild and Hickory have all but wrapped up external construction on their respective builds Marina Tower and Banksia along the NewQuay promenade with just the internal fit-outs to be completed. Their completion...

Yarra One finally strikes a blow for Forrest Hill's urban realm

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. Unfortunately though as skyscrapers sprouted throughout the precinct, the ground plane and its importance to the success of the overall development was in essence lost. Scant few...

Reservoir enters the fray with The Plenty Residences

A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct. Reservoir's largest apartment development, The Plenty Residences represents what developer JLF Property Group hopes is the end game for the site which...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 00:00
M-City stage 2 has launched with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments now available to buy. M-City stage 1 was popular and bought by local owner-occupiers and investors with demand driven by proximity to Monash University, the nearby IKEA homemaker centre, views to the CBD and Dandenongs, as well as the 24-hour lifestyle amenities that will be built as part of the master-planned development.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00
The amount of construction in Melbourne's central city is reaching fever pitch with a number of large scale towers either topping out or rising out of the ground, forever changing the face of the city. But that's not what today's article is about.

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, July 26, 2017 - 08:00
Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.