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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...

Richard Wynne on Fishermans Bend: we have to get urban renewal projects right

Melbourne doesn’t remain the world’s most liveable city by standing still. Just ask any overseas or interstate visitor returning to Victoria and they’ll tell you, Melbourne is ever moving and always growing. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Cranes in the sky and shovels in the ground on every street corner indicate that Melbourne is forever a moving feast, but it’s only so often we have the opportunity to truly transform the shape of our city...

Fishermans Bend draft framework released, uplift controls to drive affordable housing

A combination of mandatory and discretionary height limits, setbacks, floor area ratios, floor area uplift controls and detailed precinct plans will guide density and uses within new buildings in Fishermans Bend over the coming decades as the urban renewal area undergoes development. The draft Fishermans Bend framework released today adds more meat to the bones of the vision document which was released in September 2016. There's still a fair way...

Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth

Jerome N Rachele , Australian Catholic University ; Aislinn Healy , Australian Catholic University ; Jim Sallis , University of California, San Diego , and Takemi Sugiyama , Australian Catholic University This article is one in a series, Healthy Liveable Cities , in the lead-up to the Designing Healthy Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne on October 19 and 20. Large health inequalities exist in Australia. Car ownership and its costs add to...

Gravity Tower in Fishermans Bend now complete

Gravity Tower, the first tower to start construction, top out and reach completion with residents now calling it home has been completed in the Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Developed by Blue Earth Group, designed by Plus Architecture and constructed by Hamilton Marino builders, Gravity Tower is well and truly a tower of the pre-Andrews government planning regime. So much so, construction has completed before the imminent release of the...

Spring Street unveils its response to Infrastructure Victoria's 30 year strategy

The state government has unveiled its Victorian Infrastructure Plan . The plan is required to be released each time Infrastructure Victoria updates its 30-year strategy which was unveiled in December 2016. On the whole, there aren't many surprises however one aspect of the recently released documents should not be ignored - we get a high-level, albeit brief, feel for what the government is currently thinking on the range of infrastructure...

Crema Group sizes up another tower for South Melbourne

Crema Group is the driving force behind the purchase of 8 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne which was successfully sold by Colliers earlier this year. Perhaps better known as home to Pink Palace, the 908sqm island site has gone to planning with the expectation of another high-rise for this burgeoning pocket of South Melbourne. Bids for the site closed during March, having been offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. Reportedly sold...

Devitt takes aim at the pinnacle of Melbourne's luxury apartment market

409 St Kilda Road is being positioned as Melbourne's most elite address. In a recent media blitz, Devitt Property Group unveiled their intentions for the prime site which currently houses an exhausted-looking 14 level office building. In its place will rise a similarly-sized residential building that Devitt Property Group expect will become Melbourne's most prestigious address on Melbourne's most recognisable boulevard. Kane Devitt of Devitt...

Probuild delivers Marina Tower ahead of schedule

Probuild has completed construction of the mixed-use Marina Tower development within the NewQuay precinct down at Docklands for developer Hiap Hoe. Rising 43 and 36-storeys respectively the two conjoined buildings feature a distinctive leaning tower design, which the national contractor notess is a Melbourne first. Occupying a 3,795sqm site within what was once ING's Waterfront City, the 140m towers cantilever over low-rise buildings below,...

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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

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion.

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.