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Aged Care

The former Coburg High School site seeks a fresh beginning

Perhaps it's a case of third time lucky for the vacant former home of Coburg High School on Bell Street. The monster 1.2 hectare site at 81 A Bell Street is back at planning, representing the third design to be proposed for the key site in recent years. Gone is the intent to deliver hundreds of apartments, but rather now advisory and project management firm Beca is overseeing efforts to deliver a substantial retirement village onsite. Ryman...

Billions in development headed toward construction

The next wave of projects readying for construction will see well in excess of $1 billion worth of additional development across Melbourne. Supplementing recently awarded projects and open construction tenders, a handful of major projects are also seeking permits to begin the construction process. The most recent site to receive builders signage is CBD Development Group's 288 Albert Street, with LU Simon snaring Brunswick's tallest current...

Three assumptions limiting Australian aged care design

The currently ingrained ‘business as usual’ approach to retirement living and residential aged care requires radical transformation to suit Australia’s ageing population. Approximately 12 per cent of Australia’s population are over the age of 65, a statistic that’s expected to increase to 16 per cent by 2030. The next generation of retirees - the baby boomers - are expected to be the wealthiest cohort of retirees the nation has seen yet. These...

Vertical aged care in action

Yesterday Meinhardt Australia's James Hargraves explored the growing trend of higher density aged care facilities throughout Melbourne. Exploring the changing dynamics within the sector, James outlined a new model where Ageing in Place has become more apparent. "This is driving the demand for centrally located facilities: closer to the city, closer to existing amenities and closer to the families and children of residents." Consequently vertical...

The Rise of Vertical Aged Care

The aged care sector as a whole has assets of $28 billion, looks after more than 182,000 residents and contributes more than 38,000 jobs. The Department of Health and Ageing suggests that 74,000 additional places need to be built over the next decade. At the same time the aged care sector is changing. We are moving to a new model of Ageing in Place. This is driving the demand for centrally located facilities: closer to the city, closer to...
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Development & Planning

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 00:00
During July, Urban Melbourne reported on City of Melbourne's positive response to Salta Properties' bid to have a skyscraper approved at 63 Exhibition Street. Last week a permit for the mixed-use, Bates Smart-designed tower was granted by the Minister for Planning, concluding a lengthy three-year stint at planning for the application.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:00
No doubt about it, the emerging build-to-rent model has the property media in a tizz at the moment. What may in part become a solution to the housing and rental affordability dilemma has garnered immense media attention of late.

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.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00
Andréanne Doyon , RMIT University ; Joe Hurley , RMIT University ; Susie Moloney , RMIT University , and Trivess Moore , RMIT University Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.