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Arts Precinct

A closer look at ABC Southbank's new digs

Premier Denis Napthine may have turned the first sod at ABC's Southbank redevelopment mid February, but the first tangible signs of construction is due this month as site demolition commences. Incorporating the adjoining car park at 102 Sturt Street, the $176 million dollar expansion will see ABC's Ripponlea complex abandoned in favour of a larger Southbank premises which will also house the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Premier Napthine during...

Blueprint for a better Arts Precinct

It was conceived during 2011 and still meanders on today. Released last month was an interim update surrounding the Melbourne Arts Precinct Blueprint which principally concerns itself with: A connected Arts Precinct that is a must-see part of Melbourne, known for its distinctive character and vibrant arts experiences. The Blueprint sets out a range of strategies to achieve this vision, grouped around four themes - bring life to the streets,...
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Development & Planning

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 06:00
1,284,577 square metres is the raw number. Urban Melbourne's Project Database is keeping tabs on close to 1.3 million square metres of office space at various stages of development across Melbourne. It is a phenomenal figure which shows just how bullish the office sector is across this city.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

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

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00
The draft Fishermans Bend framework that was released on Saturday included an integrated transport plan that seeks to address targets such as 80% of all trips to be made by sustainable transport modes that were set out in the vision and now carried through to the draft framework.

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.