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Victorian budget 2017: more new trams and trains on the way

Yesterday's budget contained a not-so-insignificant amount allocated to the procurement of more rail vehicles for both the tram network and the regional V/Line network. $218.1 million has been set aside to order 10 more E-class trams on top of the 20 that were announced and ordered in last year's budget. The tranche of 50 E-class trams that were from the original order have now all been delivered and Bombardier are now working on the next...

When a box simply won't do: dual eye-popping South Melbourne designs emerge

At a time when the majority of Melbourne's commercial buildings in development are best describes as 'boxy', South Melbourne may well be in for two intriguing commercial buildings, should the respective planning applications receive the green light. On the corner of Moray and York Streets,134 Moray Street is an angular, almost aggressive gesture to its otherwise mundane surrounds. Hayball are the design force behind the commercial project,...

$10M Melbourne Airport Rail link study: don't ignore lessons from other cities

On Sunday, the Minister for Public Transport and the Premier were in Warrigal to announce the Victorian Government's regional rail revival program. Soon after, the Victorian Government announced their intention to spend $10 million on figuring out how to deliver the Melbourne Airport rail link sooner than the timeframe specified in infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy. This $10 million comes with strings attached, however: it - along with...

Ringwood's apartment market comes of age

Ringwood's apartment market is displaying a new-found degree of depth and maturity of late. Whilst Urban Melbourne has in the past placed the spotlight on a handful of pending high-rise projects that will physically redefine the suburb, Ringwood's current apartment charge is most definitely due to a squadron of low and mid-rise projects that have propelled the suburb to the fore as an apartment market of choice. A sign of Ringwood's progression...

A new planning framework charts Broadmeadows road to future success

The path Broadmeadows and surrounds will take in order to become a successful urban renewal showcase has become all the more clearer. The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Hume City Council have released the draft Greater Broadmeadows framework plan that, in time, will guide the area's transition from a somewhat maligned suburb to a precinct that can fully realise its potential. Key to Broadmeadows’ renewal and growth are a handful of major...

51-65 Clarke Street's approval leads the Southbank shuffle

There's movement regarding a number of imposing skyscrapers planned for Southbank. The Planing Minister has granted approval for 51-65 Clarke Street during April, allowing developer Newcity Development (One) Pty Ltd to proceed with the hulking 70 storey tower. The twisting multi-coloured design by Elenberg Fraser which tops out at 233m would rank the tower among Southbank's tallest, although still well short of the suburb's tallest approved...

Geelong poised to score a new hotel as Franzé Developments heads down the highway

After years of stagnation in the Geelong hotel sector, Victoria's second city will soon welcome a new hotel as Franzé Developments unveils its intentions to turn a Geelong CBD site into new short stay accommodation. Acquired for $7 million and spanning 2,700sqm, the site located at 44 Ryrie Street was purchased off market. The development is expected to respond to strong demand for serviced apartments, hotel rooms and high quality office space...

Unlocking the public interest

In January a review by former police commissioner Neil Comrie found that the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (MYJC) in Parkville was no longer fit for purpose. The facility which first opened at the site in 1955 has now reached the end of its useful life as a juvenile detention centre. With the Victorian government now planning a new purpose built facility in Werribee, the future use of the site has become uncertain. For those unfamiliar with the...

Atira hits Melbourne as further student accommodation projects line up

The local student accommodation market has a new provider as Blue Sky Private Real Estate and joint venture partner Goldman Sachs ramp up their Melbourne presence. Months after being formed, Atira Student Living has hit the ground running in Melbourne. Already active across the Brisbane market, Atira is planning a further 4,600 beds split between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Of the 4,600 beds, a healthy proportion will be based in...

Tick tock: let's get Melton upgraded and the Airport rail link built at the same time

Comment The clock keeps ticking. And it's not going away anytime soon. I'm of course talking about land transport to and from Melbourne Airport, or more to the point our over-reliance on the road network to transport both passengers and employees to and from the airport terminals and the many businesses located nearby. In either reporting or an op-ed form, there's a vast array of published public advocacy for a Melbourne rail link both here on...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00
With Victoria Police vacating 637 Flinders Street in 2019 to relocate to shiny new digs at Cbus Property's 311 Spencer Street, Sydney-based owners Anton Capital are seeking to offload the site a mere two years after initially acquiring it.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:00
Rachel Ong , Curtin University ; Christopher Phelps , Curtin University ; Gavin Wood , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows .

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

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 00:00
On Wednesday next week, RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is holding its third monthly Talking Transport event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet? It is a free, ticketed event , to be held at RMIT's Building 80 - located at 445 Swanston Street - level 11, room 10 from 6:00 pm.

Sustainability & Environment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:00
Over the course of the last week OSK Property has released images of a new Southbank park within its Melbourne Square development. The large public park will occupy more than 20 per cent of overall site and will be one of the first stages of the project to be delivered.