Hornsby goes higher with a new $170 million application

A new planning application is seeking to deliver Hornsby's tallest residential tower. Diversified property firm Lyon Group Australia is backing the proposal which seeks to add two towers across 187-203 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby. In addition to the two residential towers, other uses within the proposal include a supermarket, stand-alone retail spaces and commercial offices. Lodged with Hornsby Shire Council earlier this month, the TURNER-designed...

Jewell Station apartments begin construction, Ormond Station tower lowered in height

Another station precinct development authorised by VicTrack has slipped into construction mode. Piling works have begun on the southern building adjacent to Jewell railway station, which is part of a development backed by Neometro that will deliver approximately 120 new apartments metres away from a refurbished station and concourse. The southern building will eventually front both Barkly Street and the station forecourt. The MA Architects-...

DKO Architecture designs for Meriton in Mascot

Mascot's desirability as a Sydney apartment hot spot has been reinforced by way of a fresh planning application on behalf of prolific developer Meriton. DKO Architecture is the design lead for the tower at 133-141 O'Riordan Street, which was submitted during February. The development site was purchased by Meriton during 2017 for $25 million with approval in place for 99 apartments; this equates to roughly $2,700 per square metre of approved...

Kinnears and Victoria Square add to Footscray's construction upswing

Standing dormant for years, Kinnears Footscray has finally begun its transformation into a mixed-use precinct. Builder LU Simon has initiated works on Stage One of the project, which will be known as L.I.V.E. City. Beating out other contractors such as Hutchinson and Hamilton Marino, LU Simon is tasked with delivering 208 apartments across 14 levels at the western most section of the massive 33,393 square metre site which is addressed 124-188...

Podia and CPG take aim at premier position in Neutral Bay

Podia and Centennial Property Group are looking to add to Neutral Bay's tightly held apartment market via a fresh development application that landed with North Sydney Council earlier this month. The submission for approval follows on from Colliers successfully selling 14-20 Premier Street during January; the site with 63 metres of frontage contained four small-scale freehold apartment buildings and was billed as a prime development site. Site...

Chevron One heralds the beginning of Chevron Island's transformation

Melbourne developer Bensons Property Group is spearheading the transformation of Chevron Island, taking to sales the island's first high-rise residential tower. Sited directly behind the heart of Surfers Paradise, Chevron Island has been earmarked for increased high-density living. To that end, the number of high-rise towers proposed for Chevron Island has mushroomed, although Bensons Property Group will be the first sizeable project to market...

Southbank's largest development gains some retail clout

A new 3,800 square metre dual-level Woolworths is headed for Southbank. Melbourne Square will host the Woolworths as part of a larger 6,000 square metre retail zone that will feature shopping, dining and cafe facilities in a European-inspired, piazza-style setting. As Southbank’s first full-line supermarket, it will also go some way to alleviating the needs of the hundreds of new residents that move into the high-density suburb each year. Stage...

Signed, sealed but yet to be delivered. Work commences on 900 new dwellings

Builders signage across a quartet of sites has heralded the commencement of a new wave of construction that will create 900 new dwellings. The four separate projects are headlined by 601 St Kilda Road which has just seen Icon signage made prominent across the site. 601 St Kilda Road was a low-rise commercial complex, but it is quickly making way so that Icon can deliver 400 plus apartments over three separate buildings. Dubbed St. Boulevard and...

H&F Property secures Avani Hotel for Box Hill; Malvern East is next on the agenda

Box Hill's emerging hotel sector will welcome another operator with Avani Hotel confirmed for Central Park Box Hill . The 20 level development which has yet to appear above ground is backed by H&F Property and is in the hands of builder Maxcon. H&F Property is a Melbourne-based development firm which brings together Richard and Eddie Hirsch (United Petroleum) and Daniel Faigen (Deague Group). Daniel Faigen confirmed to Urban Melbourne...

Urban Taskforce Australia says IA report reinforces the need for urban densities

Peak body Urban Taskforce Australia has weighed in on the release of Infrastructure Australia's Future Cities report. Future Cities tackles the planning issues surrounding Australia's sustained population growth and calls on the Federal Government to take a leadership role in the development of Australia's cities. While noting that the nation's four largest cities will see 75% of population growth through to 2046, the paper particularly focuses...


Development & Planning

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 00:00
As reported in The Age late last month speculation is growing that developer Cbus Property is leading the charge to acquire a combined development site at 140-150 Queen Street and 27 McKillop Street. This would follow what would appear to be a pre-emptive purchase of a neighbouring site at 423 Bourke Street, which an 11-storey office block currently occupies.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 17:00
Comment There's much to admire about Rodney Maddock's advocacy piece in The Conversation - ' Our growing big cities need new centres of employment - here's Melbourne's chance ' - the three projects he advocates for have been in the public domain for quite a while now.

Sustainability & Environment