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2016 in review

Today we're heading off on our annual article publishing hiatus. We'll be back to normal article publishing operations in mid-January 2017. 2016 has been the most interesting year yet with our database ballooning to over 1,300 projects, the launch of Development Sites Melbourne , Oh.Yes.Melbourne 's new home on Urban Melbourne, our buyer-friendly Off The Plan landing page kicked off recently and you, our audience, continues to grow (15% since...

Melbhattan: Bicycles are on the rise in New York and Melbourne should take note

New York City is doing amazing things for bicycles and Melbourne could learn a thing or two. New York offers a good example for Melbourne of a city that, against the odds, is taking bicycles seriously as a transport mode. Since the early 2000’s the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn have laid down infrastructure signalling the arrival of the humble bike as a serious transport option for New Yorkers. In a city famous for its traffic, planners...

Turnbull’s report card on urban transport projects reveals narrow economic focus

Growing the economy – not city planning – has become the government’s main rationale for building urban transport infrastructure. Soon after becoming prime minister in September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull declared: I will be an infrastructure prime minister. Subsequently, his government’s focus seems to be largely on infrastructure projects – including urban transport infrastructure – “which drive … growth and jobs”.

181 Fitzroy Street rounds out 2016 as PACE shapes up for an active 2017

PACE Development Group has rounded out a successful 2016 by unveiling 181 Fitzroy Street. Residents will this week begin moving in to the freshly completed residential project which may just contain the best views of any apartment project in Melbourne. 181 Fitzroy Street spans 10 levels and includes 151 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Designed by SJB, the project has achieved an average energy rating of 7.2 and in an Australian first,...

St Vincent's substantial expansion plans unveiled

With links onsite that span back to the 1890's, St Vincent's Private Hospital is now pursuing a new phase of expansion in order to keep pace with Melbourne's growing population. St Vincent's Private is now considered at capacity, with plans afoot to create an 11 storey building across 59-61 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy. With the development's anticipated construction cost approaching $60 million, the overall value of the expansion weighs in at $94...

Ballarat’s historic station precinct set to be transformed

Ballarat's station precinct is set to be transformed, following last week's announcement that the Pellicano Group has been awarded the rights to develop a new conference centre and hotel facility. Premier Daniel Andrews last week joined Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to announce the winning team to build the $44 million project which seeks to kick-start...

Melbhattan: How Melbourne’s tram network could be its version of New York’s subway network

Melbourne’s tram network may hold the key to providing the dense network of high frequency rapid transport that would provide world class connectivity in the inner-city and CBD. Melbourne and New York are very different cities. Drawing too close a parallel between any two cities can be a folly; however New York and Melbourne share some near similarities where it counts. One of the key similarities is that both cities share a principal dense...

Melbourne to host the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit in March 2017

With the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016. The blueprint aims to address areas in need of improvement including congestion and housing. It also seeks to provide infrastructure to increase Victorian’s access to essential services such as jobs and education in...

The Glen redevelopment grows further with more apartments approved

Vicinity Centres, operator of The Glen, gained a decisive win last week with City of Monash deciding to issue a Notice of Decision that will allow the operator to considerably boost the number of apartments it has planned as part of its wide-ranging redevelopment of the Glen Waverley shopping complex. Subject to a number of conditions, the latest version of The Glen's pending $500 million overhaul will see apartment numbers rise from 427 to 539...

Is this Box Hill's next big tower?

Taouk Architects may be preparing the latest entrant into Box Hill's flourishing apartment tower scene. The expanding architecture firm is running with detailed images of a substantial residential tower at 34-36 Prospect Street. Whether or not the images form part of a package that will head to planning remains to be seen, but their emergence further reinforces Box Hill's apartment tower credentials. Currently 34-36 Prospect Street is a...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).