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Melbourne's largest suburban mixed-use development becomes reality

Melbourne's largest suburban mixed-use project is racking up some noteworthy milestones. Construction works have begun on the site of M-City, Saraceno Group and Schiavello Group's $1 billion mixed-use development in Clayton. Piling and retention works across the 35,000sqm plot are underway on the corner of Princess Highway and Blackburn Road, signifying the project's transition into reality after being dormant for many years. The works are a...

Fishermans Bend's Urban Design Strategy - visuals

On Saturday when the draft Fishermans Bend framework was released I summarised the density controls - since then the state government has opened up an online library of supporting documentation and one file of interest is the Urban Design Strategy , produced by Hodyl & Co. If you found it hard to understand how new development would be shaped, reading that report should aid in understanding as it is complemented by each of the Capital City...

Becoming more urban: attitudes to medium-density living are changing in Sydney and Melbourne

Peter Newton , Swinburne University of Technology Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population . The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061 . What will Australia’s cities look like then? Will they still be among the world’s lowest-density cities ? Such sprawling cities result in economic (productivity), social (spatial disadvantage) and environmental weaknesses (including a...

Glenvill positions YarraBend as Melbourne's premier amenities-driven development

Inner-city development opportunities the size of the Alphington Paper Mill site are not common occurrences. At 16.5 hectares the suburb-sized land parcel corners Heidelberg Road and the Chandler Highway, and fronts Yarra River on its southern boundary. Developer Glenvill Group has begun the process of redeveloping the massive tract of land which is now dubbed YarraBend, envisaging a mixed-use enclave encompassing medium and high density living,...

City of Port Phillip's Design & Development Awards 2018 now taking registrations

The City of Port Phillip's biennial Design & Development Awards 2018 are entering their final weeks, with a number of projects already submitted for consideration. The awards celebrate design excellence within the City of Port Phillip, and council are encouraging projects completed within Port Phillip between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 to enter. Eligible projects should clearly demonstrate how they have contributed to the vibrancy of Port...

UniMelb adds Swanston Street to their student accommodation portfolio

The University of Melbourne is once more chasing the right to create another significant student housing complex. Located at 625-631 Swanston Street, the project has been dubbed Lincoln Square South and finds itself in the middle of Melbourne's evolving student precinct centred around Carlton's Swanston Street stretch. Lincoln Square South is the latest development that will help support the 50,000 students that visit the institution's Parkville...

Cbus Property's 720 Bourke achieves WELL Certification with launch of Green by Design Brand

Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants. The rating was awarded to 720 Bourke Street's design which enhances the health and well-being of workers via...

Urban Melbourne is tracking 1.3 million square metres of office space in development

1,284,577 square metres is the raw number. Urban Melbourne's Project Database is keeping tabs on close to 1.3 million square metres of office space at various stages of development across Melbourne. It is a phenomenal figure which shows just how bullish the office sector is across this city. The aggregation of all developments followed by Urban Melbourne which contains dedicated office space was prompted by the addition of the latest major...

Walking, bikes and public transport the big focus in Fishermans Bend's integrated transport plan

The draft Fishermans Bend framework that was released on Saturday included an integrated transport plan that seeks to address targets such as 80% of all trips to be made by sustainable transport modes that were set out in the vision and now carried through to the draft framework. The raw numbers for the costings in the integrated transport plan are not provided however we do see a range of demand and route options analysis. The tone for the plan...

The 'Unconquered Sun' of Southbank goes up for sale

The tower dubbed 'Sol Invictus' may not have been conquered, but it is for sale. Long after the initial media blitz extolling the virtues of the tower, going hand in hand with an explanation of its name, the now approved 48 Moray Street has been handed to Colliers. The agent along with ICR Property Group have been tasked with securing a new owner for the 1,173.5sqm site, which was granted approval during July. At stake is the right to develop...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00
Earlier this month the State Government announced a new station between Rockbank and Melton would be built at Toolern. The announcement is one of many which are slowly creating a picture of how an electrified metro line between Sunshine and Melton will look.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.