Bruce Henderson Architects

St Kilda Road's The Muse places itself at the cutting edge of technology

Devitt Property Group's The Muse is a 14-storey development designed by Bruce Henderson Architects (BHA) comprising 45 residences with six-star amenities and the latest in security systems. Located at 409 St Kilda Road on the corner with Toorak Road West, the boutique project has direct frontage onto Fawkner Park and includes north facing views over the The Shrine, Royal Botanic Gardens and the city skyline. Managing Director Peter Devitt...

Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market

Prospective buyers have the best part of February to secure a permitted development site on the edge of the Box Hill Activity Centre. Savills are marketing 813-823 Whitehorse Road under an EOI campaign closing Wednesday 28 February. At stake is an approved 994 square metre site with approval for a Bruce Henderson architects-designed apartment tower spanning 16 levels. Interestingly the site on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Elgar Road went...

Devitt takes aim at the pinnacle of Melbourne's luxury apartment market

409 St Kilda Road is being positioned as Melbourne's most elite address. In a recent media blitz, Devitt Property Group unveiled their intentions for the prime site which currently houses an exhausted-looking 14 level office building. In its place will rise a similarly-sized residential building that Devitt Property Group expect will become Melbourne's most prestigious address on Melbourne's most recognisable boulevard. Kane Devitt of Devitt...

AUSCO affirms Cheltenham's emergence as an apartment hot spot

Cheltenham is steadily ascending the ranks in terms of apartment numbers in development, with the suburb's latest sizeable project now on public display. 1234-1236 Nepean Highway is located immediately next to City of Kingston Council's municipal office and looks to eclipse the commercial building for size. Developer/builder AUSCO Investment Group is looking to construct an 11 storey mixed-use building containing 126 apartments and 3 office...

Take it to the Bank: South Melbourne's latest tower on show

It endured as a paper design for years, but now a new scheme is on show for 41-49 Bank Street, South Melbourne. Initial overtones of development for the site landed with Port Phillip during 2009, but amounted to nothing even though the project was marketed at one stage as Aero Apartments. Enter Virgate Property (Bank Street) Pty Ltd who are driving the current bid to transform the plot into a substantial residential tower. Moved on during 2016,...

SPEC Property return to their roots atop Doncaster Hill

18 months after securing a prime development site atop Doncaster Hill, SPEC Property is on the verge of receiving approval for their latest residential project within Manningham. While they have diversified to become a citywide development presence, SPEC Property has been particularly strong within Doncaster in years gone by; Acacia Apartments, Viridian, Canvas Apartments and Madison are among the developer's work in the area to date. 9-11...

C&L International land in Melbourne with Royal Como

The lure of Melbourne as an international development hotspot remains strong with another Asian-based firm intent on creating a showpiece residential development in Melbourne. Sister company to the fortuitously named, Chinese-based Yarra Holdings, C&L International Holdings is on the verge of releasing Royal Como which will be located within South Yarra's ever popular Forrest Hill Precinct. Based in Zhongshan, China and maintaining their...

371 Spencer Street finds no favour with City of Melbourne

Proponents of a high-rise development located at 371 Spencer Street, West Melbourne will pin their hopes on State Government approval following City of Melbourne once more indicating they will reject the dual tower scheme. Melbourne-based Bennelong Group via subsidiary Bennelong Value Funds Pty Ltd have pushed for approval since early 2012 for the 749 apartment project. Amended plans put forward earlier in 2014 featuring shortened towers and...

Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:45
Aged care provider Benetas is approaching an outcome for its Doncaster Road residential aged care and retirement village facility. Next week Manningham City Council will provide judgement on the development which in part reaches eight levels. Council internal planners are recommending that the application be supported, subject to conditions, but for the most the built form has been green lighted.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment