Happy New Financial Year!

For many today is the day we all groan about having to fill out our annual tax returns, for us it's the start of the (financial) year we intend to supercharge UrbanMelbourne.info's profile.

Start your apartment purchase research with us

In May and June we saw a noticeable increase in queries from developers & their agents regarding taking advantage of our free project database listing offering.  There are still many projects with just a shell listing and developers, sales agents, PR or marketing agencies are encouraged to contact us in order to take advantage of our project pages by clicking here.

Likewise, in the next few weeks, we will be rolling out a new view of our current project database making it easier for those of you (and there are many already judging by the amount of traffic hitting project pages directly!) who use UrbanMelbourne.info to kick off your research into buying off-the-plan apartments.  Put simply, the new module will display all project listings which are at a Registration & Sales or the upcoming 'Under Construction with ongoing sales' [that's a working title if you must know] status - the current Project Database isn't changing, this new view will just target specific projects which are in a Registration & Sales phase or projects which are Under Construction and still apartments to sell. 

Knowledge

We are also happy to announce we were recently approved by the City of Melbourne to host an event at Melbourne Knowledge Week in late October/early November.  The details of which are still fluid at this time, but as we lock in our event details, we will announce it in due course.

Networking

You might have seen this in the right side bar and/or in the footer of the site:

...that's because we have recently been approved to join the Guardian Select network!  

Data and analysis - you can never have enough

From August/September, another new module will appear in the Main Menu: Building Database.  No, not another view of the current Project Database - this is going to be a database of existing urban buildings (and naturally where Projects will live once they're complete).  I've got my previous life-Business Analyst hat on at the moment and I'm currently working through the fields we need to store on each building in the new database, but if you're a building statistics & data, architecture, urban industry professional or student user, we intend to give you all your Birthdays, Christmas and New Year's Eves at once.  

Partners

Like the new Sales-focused Project Database functionality to be rolled out in the coming weeks, we will also be rolling out our list of partners we have formed a relationship with.  We're always open to forming partnerships with like-minded individuals and organisations who wish to see Melbourne grow through more sustainable means - whether it just be a simple link swap or more involved, feel free to contact us to introduce yourselves.

 

And lastly, thank you to everyone who has contributed to UrbanMelbourne.info to date - and here's to an Urban Melbourne in the weeks, months and years ahead!

 

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.