Planning

Southbank's Boyd Park moves a step closer

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. To facilitate the project, demolition of the former school building fronting Balston Street will need to occur allowing Council to upgrade the landscaping and expand the existing Boyd Community Hub into Kavanagh Street. The structure...

500 Swanston Street off to VCAT - City of Melbourne provides conditional support

A 17-storey student housing building at 500 Swanston Street is off to VCAT after the applicant, Journal Property Limited, decided to appeal the matter after City of Melbourne council failed to make a decision within the requisite 60 statutory days. During its meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee resolved that it would have issued a permit subject to conditions, had the appeal to VCAT not been...

Frater Group enters the high-rise game in South Melbourne

The already healthy number of residential towers milling around South Melbourne's Domain Precinct can add another to their ranks. 9-11 Palmerston Crescent is the latest development looking for approval with City of Port Phillip, and represents a step up in scale for developer Frater Group. Accustomed to smaller projects to date such as 233-239 Dryburgh Street , Frater Group's push to realise a high-rise tower comes in the form of a Rothelowman-...

Etihad Stadium's redevelopment to improve links to CBD and Victoria Harbour

Late last week the State Government and the AFL announced a $225m allocation in the 2018/19 budget that will facilitate a major redevelopment of the Etihad Stadium Sporting and Entertainment Precinct. This forms part of a $500m package to retain the AFL Grand Final at the MCG for the next 40 years, support grassroots football and the growing women's competitions through upgrades to local community grounds and suburban stadiums. The Etihad...

Ballarat's GovHub approved

Ballarat’s $100 million GovHub building has been given the green light, with the Minister for Planning Minister Richard Wynne awarding planning approval for the development, which will transform the Civic Hall site and house up to 1,000 government employees. Located in the centre of Ballarat's CBD, GovHub will promote growth in the local economy, following the Victorian Government’s $47.8 million investment in the project. Development Victoria...

Hayball rework plans for a major Sydney Road apartment development

A public thoroughfare is the stand out feature of a newly advertised planning application for 200-216 Sydney Road, Coburg. Hayball-designed plans for the site are intended to supersede an already approved scheme which along with the land holding were offered for sale by Colliers during 2016. Colliers pitched the site as a versatile project capable of creating a new urban precinct on one of Melbourne’s major shopping strips. Reportedly sold for...

Box Hill's latest tower proposal incorporates a public rooftop park

Box Hill residents and visitors alike may soon have the chance to access a publicly accessible space atop a new mixed-use tower on Station Street. No stranger to residential development with a string of recent residential builds completed, Station Street may soon sport a new design highlight with the prospective public space rolled into the development championed by Austone International Pty Ltd and Australia Dingjiu Group Pty Ltd. Designed by...

JW Land's Park Street proposal goes down a different design path

A year has passed since JW Land went on a media blitz promoting their intended development of 699-701 Park Street in Brunswick at the top of Princes Park. Plans for what is currently the Best Western Princes Park Motor Inn were lodged with Council during 2016, although Architectus has veered away from the previous design path with a revised development application which was submitted late last year. Gone is the undulating and bulky glass-clad...

City of Casey seeks submissions on Cranbourne's town centre structure plan

The City of Casey is seeking submissions on the draft Cranbourne town centre structure plan which is currently on public exhibition. Cranbourne's draft town centre structure plan covers an area which includes the land from the north of Cranbourne Station, down the South Gippsland Highway; it encompasses the original town centre and the existing light industrial area opposite the Cranbourne racecourse. The structure plan has 4 precincts which are...

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...

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Development & Planning

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 00:00
Today marks the official commencement of construction across the Kinnears site in Footscray. After years of laying dormant, developer R&F Property Australia will turn the sod on the multiphased project which is valued at $750 million. Christened Live City, the development will see various aspects of the 1908 former Kinnears Ropeworks building retained or amalgamated into numerous residential buildings slated for the site.

Transport & Design

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 14:00
The City of Melbourne has released the latest discussion paper that is being used to inform submissions on its transport policy refresh. The daily population of the municipality is projected to grow from 900,000 today to 1,400,000 by 2036 and the council is looking to refresh all facets of its transport strategy.