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CoM moves to provide clearance for 63 Exhibition's lofty ambitions

Salta Properties' latest project is poised to clear a major planning hurdle at City of Melbourne's Future Planning Committee sitting this evening. Council planners have recommended approval for Salta's mixed-use tower at 57-63 Exhibition Street. Replacing ASF House, the currently 203m tower with an expected development cost of $255 million may be required to ditch a number of floors in order to prevent overshadowing of Birrarung Marr. City of...

35 Spring Street becomes one of Melbourne's premier apartment developments

35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out. Inside are 241 one, two and...

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...

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Development & Planning

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 00:00
Last week's joint announcement by Planning Minister Richard Wynne, Premier Daniel Andrews and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle that the Amendment C245 planning controls have been adopted, paves the way for work to commence on the $250 million dollar redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market. Concept for Munro site (subject to change).

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 00:00
It is so much easier to knock a building down than it is to build one. Building is a long and involved process of dreaming, planning, scheming, and the wonderfully gritty bit that is actually constructing a physical manifestation of these things, while getting rid of a building sometimes takes no more than a bit of paperwork, some heavy machinery, and the stroke of a pen.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 13:00
Little by little we're getting closer to the money and shovels-in-the-ground end of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project with the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership is the successful bidder for the Tunnel & Stations availability-based private-public partnership (PPP) contract.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.