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Technē's Steve McKeag discusses his appointment as Director (and his favourite pubs)

Technē Architecture and Interior Design's move into larger premises on Rathdowne Street in Carlton has also coincided with the appointment of a new director to assist managing the office's growth. Steve McKeag joins founders Justin Northrop and Nick Travers, as the third director at the tightly knit studio, whose name and philosophy means ‘to make, poetically’. McKeag’s promotion from senior associate reflects strong growth at Technē, which has...

Three bedrooms aplenty in new middle ring Essendon development

Parkside Constructions is seeking planning approval from the City of Moonee Valley for a 6 level, 28-unit apartment building on the palm-tree laden strip of Mt Alexander Road in Essendon. MAP Architecture head up the design team for the proposal located at 1032-1036 Mt Alexander Road which would see near 50% of the units in the development have 3 bedrooms - there are only 2 x 1 bedroom apartments accounted for in the plans currently advertised...

City of Melbourne's transport strategy refresh - should it not apply to other municipalities?

Comment “Every hour during the morning peak, 15,000 pedestrians cross the Spencer and Collins Street intersection outside Southern Cross Station which is five times the number of people in cars, yet cars are given twice the amount of time as pedestrians to pass through.” That's Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley from the City of Melbourne. It goes right to the heart of an issue that, for the moment, is a focus for the City of Melbourne but should be a...

High class and high fuss on High Street: Carr Architecture's latest for Moda

The city of Stonnington is assessing a recent application across 835-853 High Street for boutique developer Moda. Accustomed to smaller projects in Melbourne's inner eastern suburbs, Moda has stepped up in scale for the proposed Armadale apartment project. Moda's project lead Carr Architecture has, in turn, created a stylish 7-storey project housing 27 double bedroom and 8 triple bedroom apartments. Apartments aside, 2 retail tenancies of 550...

Mernda rail extension to open six months ahead of schedule, station names updated

The day after Urban Melbourne took a look at the swathe of construction images for the South Morang to Mernda railway line extension project, Spring Street has announced the project is running 6 months ahead of schedule and that test trains will be running on the extension by September said the Mernda rail extension project will be operating by September. At the same time, local MLAs Danielle Green and Lily D'ambrosio who also holds the suburban...

Cedar Woods tackles Melbourne's growing pains at its St Albans and Clayton South projects

As Melbourne continues to experience unprecedented levels of population growth, housing affordability and urban sprawl are amongst some of the greatest challenges facing the city, with traffic congestion and long commute times on the rise. In response to this, the 20-minute city concept was proposed as part of the solution to addressing some of these issues and one which is increasingly being realised in Melbourne’s inner and middle ring suburbs...

Apartments spur Glen Eira's construction boom

Glen Eira is currently the number one municipality outside of City of Melbourne in terms of the number of apartment projects at construction. Edging out Stonnington, Moreland and Port Phillip, Urban Melbourne is tracking 25 noteworthy projects with 10 or more dwellings that are now in the hands of builders. Carnegie and Bentleigh are driving Glen Eira's construction boom, with the typical project between 4-6 levels and for the most likely to...

City of Melbourne calls for submissions for Birrarung Marr Master Plan

The City of Melbourne, via its Participate Melbourne channel, is calling for community input to inform a new Master Plan to guide the future development, management and use of Birrarung Marr over the next 20 years. Since its completion in 2002, Birrarung Marr has provided critically needed open space within the central city, linking Federation Square and the city with Melbourne Park's Sports Precinct. Located along the northern banks of the...

Melbourne's new bus operator contracts announced

Foreshadowed in February 2017, Melbourne's bus operating contracts were flagged for review and the government has begun to announce which operators have re-signed on the dotted line. The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, announced on Easter Monday that Ventura, CDC Victoria and Donric have all signed new operating contracts with the government. The original Spring Street media release made mention of 'the new contracts provide more...

Big numbers sought for PDG's Munro Site development

Despite being height limited to 125 metres, the raw development numbers for the intended Munro Site tower opposite Queen Victoria Market propel the proposal into the upper echelon based purely upon size. Developer PDG with the backing of Melbourne City Council had initially mooted a tower just shy of 200 metres for the 6,233 square metre site, only to have the Planning Minister impose a height limit of 125 metres. This has not perturbed the...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.