Collins Arch - 447 Collins Street, Melbourne

Collins Arch - 447 Collins Street, Melbourne. Image: Woods Bagot/SHoP Architects
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Commercial intentions fall into place as Cbus Property secures another tenant for Collins Arch

The last week has seen two noteworthy commercial leasing deals unveiled as major tenants secure space for their operations. The latest sees Cbus Property add another premium tenant to their Collins Arch project, with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers taking near on 6,500sqm of space alongside initial tenant King & Wood Mallesons. Following last week's official ground breaking ceremony held onsite, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers' arrival now sees 30% of total...

Woods Bagot and Cbus Property's Assembly

Cbus Property has sought to challenge the concept of typical apartment design with the completion of Assembly, a low-rise, architecturally designed development on the fringe of the CBD. It is the first in a series of design-led apartment projects by the developer and has been targeted at the owner occupier market. Bordered on three sides by Capel, Courtney and Queensberry Streets in North Melbourne, Assembly creates a boutique address across...

35 Spring Street marks its place in the skyline

Last Friday Urban Melbourne was on hand to view the last concrete pour for what has rapidly become one of Melbourne's more pronounced skyscrapers. With the final floor of 35 Spring Street's 43 levels now in place, the process of fitting out the luxury residences within will continue at pace, with an eye toward a 2017 completion date. The $350 million development is the result three of Melbourne's elite development entities joining forces;...

Cbus Property firms construction dates for its two premier projects

Cbus Property is set to kick off construction on arguably its two most prized Melbourne developments. 447 Collins Street has landed builder Brookfield Multiplex in an early contractor involvement role, with works to begin during September. Usurping 447 Collins Street with an August construction start will be Classic East Melbourne, with the ultra high-end residential development looking to take advantage of strong demand for luxury apartment...

Cbus Property seeks to sell part of 447 Collins Street

Cbus Property has appointed agent Savills to handle the sale of the hotel portion of their pending 447 Collins Street development. With the overall value of the urban renewal project tipped to exceed $1.25 billion, Cbus Property will look to capitalise upon the booming Melbourne hotel sector by offering the pre-purchase of a new 294 room 5 star luxury hotel which forms part of the overall development. The project has maintained a high degree of...

Office towers to the fore

With much commentary at the moment centred around the state of the Melbourne inner city residential market and hints of an oversupply of apartments, it is an opportune time to focus on the commercial market; namely new Melbourne office projects on the not too distant horizon. The current crop, either awaiting tenant pre-commitments or on the cusp of commencing construction, range from campus style accommodation to upwards of 40-storeys in the...

A six pack of significant planning decisions

Recent weeks have yielded some significant planning outcomes for a host of inner city projects. Whilst 447 Collins Street has justifiably garnered the lion's share of media attention, other projects of note such as 248 Sturt Street have also received the green light. Of the six projects outlined three have a planning permit in place with 447 Collins Street a fait accompli , whilst another has faltered at VCAT and another on tenterhooks following...

Melbourne CBD on course to be the most densely populated area in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its updated regional population growth figures on Wednesday and at 14,114 people per square kilometre, the Melbourne CBD sits as the second most densely populated area of the country behind Pyrmont-Ultimo in Sydney (15,117 people per square kilometre) . Based on development underway and in the pipeline - in the sheer number of projects and the size of them - the Melbourne CBD is likely to be in...

The case for 447 Collins Street

Following on from Mark's article on Planning Minister Wynne's rejection of CBUS Property's proposal for 477 Collins Street, I have decided to look at the case for the contentious Woods Bagot + SHoP designed scheme and add my two cents to the debate. Firstly it's worth noting that the scheme as presented - albeit with some adjustments to setbacks - was ready to be submitted for assessment the week just after Planning Minister Wynne introduced...

No pants and no park: where to now for 447 Collins Street?

Upholding a long standing political tradition of announcing newsworthy items just prior to extended break periods, news surfaced last Thursday evening of Planning Minister Richard Wynne's decision to reject Cbus Property's proposed skyscraper at 447 Collins Street. This is the second such refusal for the developer on what is a marquee development site. Referred to as the 'Pantscraper' in Fairfax publications due to the unique shape of the now...

A new Melbourne icon squarely in Minister Wynne's hands: 447 Collins Street

Should Melbourne City Council likely provide its support for the revised 447 Collins Street proposal put forward by Cbus Property, it will then require Minister for Planning Richard Wynne to use his powers of intervention to approve the project which transgresses the recent Amendment C262 planning controls. A joint architectural effort between Woods Bagot and New York-based SHoP Architects, the project has been heavily reduced in height form its...

CoM responds to release of DTPLI documents

The central city's two planning bodies have been on other sides of the ledger in recent years, with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and State Planning Minister Matthew Guy both publicly butting heads over many contentious planning applications. As far back as 2012 when Lord Major Doyle referred to ' urban ghetto ' higher density living precincts, and either side haven't quite been able to find common ground. During September 2014, City of Melbourne...

Just another week in Melbourne

Blink and you'll miss the near daily evolving landscape of Melbourne's apartment sector as the current wave of apartment projects continues to intensify. This week alone news regarding a handful of marquee projects has surfaced through a variety of media outlets, as each project in their own way strives to redefine the norm. 11-13 Hancock Street, Southbank opens proceedings as news has surfaced that the tower based on a miniscule site has won...

Melbourne's 200 metre club bursting at the seams

If one statistic brings into focus Melbourne's current development boom, it's this one; since Rialto's completion heralding Melbourne's first 200 metre plus tower in 1986, a total of six towers beyond 200 metres (not including antennas) have been built in the proceeding 28 years. Melbourne right now has 23 towers beyond 200 metres ranging from proposed to under construction. It's a gobsmacking figure representative of a perfect storm of...
Laneway vs square. ©  Woods Bagot + ShOp

The Laneway and the Square: the 447 Collins Street debate

Early last year I wrote an article which investigated a possible development scenario for 447 Collins Street , on the basis that the existing 1960's structure were to be demolished. Fast forward to last week and we were afforded our first glimpse of Woods Bagot + ShOp 's schemes for the site, each with varying provisions of public space. The scheme titled 'Bridge' would consist of dual towers of 160 + 190m with a north south laneway bisecting...

Cbus Property seeks a sky-high planning scheme amendment for 447 Collins

So it has come to be that a slab of marble facade dislodging itself during 2012 has led to one of Melbourne's more audacious and sought after planning amendments. From that initial 'loss of face,' a chain of events has since seen 447 Collins Street vacated, approved for demolition and subject to an international design competition at the behest of current owner, Cbus Property . Woods Bagot in conjunction with New York-based SHoP Architects have...
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CBUS brings in the BIG guns for 447 Collins Street

UPDATE 13/11/2015: a new amended design has been unveiled, see the plans here . It was recently announced that an application to demolish the 27-storey, former National Mutual Plaza at 433-455 Collins Street (aka 447 Collins St) was on the agenda for the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee . A decision to issue a permit (subject to certain conditions being met - these can be found in the link provided at the bottom of this article) the likely...

Blockhead Concept - 447 Collins Street / Market Square

Market Square is the first in a series of articles I will be writing for Urban Melbourne that will be looking at the adaptation, regeneration and development of buildings, structures and sites through conceptual interventions in the form of pretty pictures. The concept for Market Square, located at 447 Collins Street investigates the possibility of redeveloping the former National Mutual Plaza into a bustling urban oasis in the middle of the...
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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 00:00
Following its acquisition of Waterfront City late in 2014, current owners Ashe Morgan have moved to further reinvent and reposition the precinct, which includes Harbour Town and the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel as major drawcards. The first stage of overhaul works which were concentrated on Harbour Town are concluding. These...

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 14:30
On Monday 24th of October, the iCities: World Class CBDs series conference kicks off. First held in Kuala Lumpur, this year's conference is to be held at the Langham Hotel on Southbank. iCities is owned and operated by iProperty Group, a network property under the REA Group umbrella brand. Over...


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Transport & Design

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