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Besgate Group readies their surge into the Melbourne apartment market

It just wouldn't be Melbourne at the moment without another Asian-backed property developer holding grandiose plans for a clutch of forthcoming inner-city apartment towers. Eagle-eyed Urban Melbourne contributor Nicholas Harrison has spotted the latest in a conga line of new developers seeking their slice of the Melbourne action. Sydney-based Besgate Group is the latest entrant into the market with three sizeable residential towers in the works...
699 Bourke Street from Bourke Street Bridge. © Ryan Seychell

Grimshaw office tour > 699 Bourke Street, Docklands

Last Friday on a warm, sunny day in Melbourne the Grimshaw office undertook a site visit of the 699 Bourke Street project which topped out recently. Designed by Grimshaw on behalf of Mirvac , (in their role as developer, builder, asset owner and manager) the building upon completion will become the new home of energy provider AGL , consolidating its Melbourne operations to one location. As part of the move, AGL will also adopt a new style of...

570 Bourke Street reborn

Over a year ago, Urban Melbourne wrote on the forthcoming redevelopment of 570 Bourke Street , formerly known as Marland House. Leap forward and contractor Brookfield Multiplex are currently in the early stages of breathing new life into the 1972 vintage office complex. Of an age where owner Charter Hall (via their Core Plus Office Fund) considered a number of directions for the asset, they have embarked upon a $150 million project with the...
The New Opera House (Tivoli Theatre) shortly after its opening in 1901. Original raw photograph from The State Library of Victoria, restored by me.

The Titillating Tivoli Theatre

249 Bourke Street. 1901 William Pitt. Before the Tivoli Theatre was built, the site it stood on what was home to a business consisting of a timber yard and stables in the mid 19 th Century. In the 1860's the Australian and New York Letting and Livery Stables replaced the older business and interestingly the business also included a hall on the upper level. During 1866 the hall was known as The Varieties and then later as the Opera Comique; the...

Regenerating office buildings on Bourke

As one office expansion at AMP Square (535 & 555 Bourke St) nears completion, another directly opposite, is due to begin. EstimateOne recently listed four builders as vying for the construction rights to deliver a revamped 570 Bourke St; they being Brookfield Multiplex, Watpac, Built and Probuild Constructions. Known as Marland House, the tower was completed during 1972 and is currently owned by Charter Hall. Standing at 121m with 31 levels...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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

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).