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Urbis quantifies the apartment shift to Melbourne's middle and outer suburbs

Property consultants Urbis in their latest Melbourne Apartment Essentials report have provided hard data affirming what many at the coal face of Melbourne's apartment industry have known for some time; apartments have well and truly established themselves in Melbourne middle and outer ring suburbs. What wasn't known was the degree to which apartment living has taken root in traditionally detached housing areas. According to Urbis, the March 2017...

Closing the gap on suburban commercial property

As the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne has so much to offer. Opportunities await on every corner. In commercial property investment, this has seen the spotlight planted firmly on the CBD. But the tide is steadily shifting. CBD office space in Melbourne is being squeezed by a growing preference for residential development, prompting tenants and investors to look further afield and pushing cap rate compression well beyond expert predictions...

Vote for your favourite project in the BDAV 2017 People’s Choice Award

Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards. Each project is intended to highlight Victoria’s best residential, interior, sustainable, heritage conservation and non-residential...

Ivanhoe's latest apartment proposal provides a grand public gesture

John Demos Architects have conceived a new apartment building with the expectation that the project be an appropriate design gesture for a key Ivanhoe infill site. Vacant for many years, 40 Upper Heidelberg Road was in the past subject to a smaller apartment development that failed to materialise. The current project team led by developer SB&G Group have sought a reinvigorated and much larger apartment project for the triangular gateway site...

East Werribee, Australian Education City and what to do about public transport

100,000 jobs, 80,000 residents and 50,000 students. They're big numbers and if it goes ahead, the Australian Education City in Werribee East will revolutionise Melbourne's West. The Herald Sun has been running an interesting week-long series on what Melbourne might look like in future and in John Masanaukas' - the Herald Sun's City Editor - piece on Australian Education City we learnt that a decision on the proposal is due to be made later in...

Victoria One's core tops out - becomes CBD's tallest structure

First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD. According to Probuild the the core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on Saturday 17 June, well ahead of schedule The view from the top. Image:...

S P Setia lands 111-125 A'Beckett Street as offshore media reports Sapphire is all but sold out

Over the course of the last week, Malaysian developer S P Setia has landed two telling blows in Melbourne's apartment market, further enhancing its stature locally. Malaysian publication The Edge Markets has in recent days reported that the developer has secured 111-125 A’Beckett Street for a price of $61 million. Complete with permit for an Elenberg Fraser-designed apartment tower spanning 200 plus metres, the A'Beckett Street plot of 1,714sqm...

K7 Developments look to push up Paisley Street

Development news from Footscray continues to flow at an increasing level. Maribyrnong Council is providing the wider public with a first look at a new mixed use development in the heart of Footscray. K7 Developments has enlisted Rothelowman to create a scheme for 72-76 Paisley Street, with the expectation that it will eventually accommodate a substantial and predominantly residential building. One block back from Barkly Street, 72-76 Paisley...

Adapt or Die: Government’s imposed changes will further redefine Melbourne's apartment market

There’s been comprehensive media coverage and informed comment regarding the Government’s imposed changes to the off the plan market, looming as of July 1st this year, but what does this really mean for the industry? From this date and beyond there will be a significant impost on investors no longer being able to claim the off the plan stamp duty benefits, as well as first home buyers receiving a substantial stamp duty benefit for off the plan...

What can the urban development industry do about the challenges facing growth area communities?

We have a challenge ahead of us. How, as our population continues to grow, can the urban development industry ensure that we are creating healthy, sustainable and liveable communities in which people can enjoy socially connected and fulfilling lifestyles? Much of the urban development discourse (as well as a variety of tools and guidelines) typically articulates a range of positive outcomes we should be aiming for through the urban development...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:00
High-rise development sites number four and five have come under the microscope along Box Hill's Prospect Street, further pushing its credentials as the suburb's next major apartment strip. Running parallel to Whitehorse Road, Prospect Street is "in an area inviting substantially increased intensity of use and activities consistent with an increased urbanisation." Latest into the limelight is 34-36 Prospect Street which is a major residential tower on behalf of ZL Prospect Pty Ltd.

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.