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Lian Beng Group enter Melbourne with 596 St Kilda Road

St Kilda Road will be the setting for the debut of another international developer, with Singaporean outfit Lian Beng Group's intended residential tower now with City of Port Phillip. Having secured 596 St Kilda Road during 2015 for $25 million, first-time market entrant Lian Beng Group have submitted for approval a residential scheme that further morphs the boulevard into a sought after residential strip. Stepping away somewhat from the premium...

171 Collins Street achieves a 6 Star Victorian first

Three years after its completion, 171 Collins Street has achieved a milestone by becoming the first building in Victoria to notch a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating. In doing so it becomes only the second commercial office buildings in Australia to gain the rating. Jointly owned by Cbus Property and Charter Hall, 171 Collins Street's gong is in line with the objectives of City of Melbourne's concerted sustainable building push which in part...

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;...

Hotel Lindrum the latest to seek high-rise development

By both necessity and opportunity, the owners of Hotel Lindrum are seeking approval for a high-rise tower set behind their historic former Romanesque tea warehouse which fronts Flinders Street. Entity TMG Developments Pty Ltd is pursuing the development in part due to Hotel Lindrum's pending loss of guest car parking in the adjoining multi-level car park which is subject to a development application. In addition to expanded hotel suites and...

Salta's Walmer project adds to the Victoria Street apartment surge

Salta Property Group has opted to transform a site with approval for a 5 Star Green Star design rated ‘A Grade’ office building into premium apartments. Already heavily active within the Victoria Street Precinct which straddles both Richmond and Abbotsford, Salta have elected to add 109 high-end apartments on the site which faces the Victoria Gardens complex. With basement works completed onsite some years ago, the site has languished thereafter...

Bates Smart's St Kilda Road endeavour

Another luxury residential development looks set to grace St Kilda Road with one of the boulevard's long standing office buildings set to make way for a mixed-use tower. Plans for the $155 million project show 424-426 St Kilda Road receiving a typically restrained and elegant Bates Smart-designed building consisting of both private and serviced apartments. Lodged with Port Phillip mid year, the development team have since responded to council's...

Six premier residential developments jostle for the spotlight

In addition to news of a new iconic design for 447 Collins Street , last week also yielded additional information on a handful of other sizeable Melbourne residential developments. Spanning four separate suburbs, the six proposals are all substantial towers with the smallest containing some 321 dwellings. All bar one of the six have been championed by established property players which maintain a national presence, and combined are capable of...

360 Collins Street set for a makeover

Amongst a range of items considered by the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee on Tuesday night was an application for 360 Collins Street. The application comprises an extension to the existing glazing along the Collins Street façade, a relatively modest 13-level expansion to the north and refurbishment of the forecourt area fronting Little Collins Street flanked by two storey retail elements topped by landscaped roofs, outdoor dining and...

Softly does it: 555 Collins Street in detail

555 Collins Street has been reported as having a variety of uses post its first public appearance close enough to two years ago. At that stage is was envisaged as a purely commercial tower, and at 404 metres would have put it firmly into the world's tallest buildings club. Recent reports alluding to a mixed-use proposal with roughly half the tower dedicated to commercial space have been superseded once more, with the scheme under consideration...

466 Collins Street emerges as Collins House Melbourne

Golden Age Group has in recent weeks commenced preliminary exposure for their latest project which promises to be one of Melbourne's most prominent skyscrapers. After snapping up the prized 460-466 Collins Street site during 2014 for a reported $25 million, the developer has christened the tower Collins House Melbourne, with an active website taking registrations of interest for what may well become one of Melbourne's most sought after addresses...

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Development & Planning

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 06:00
Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).