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Brunswick

Unprecedented times for Brunswick's apartment growth, but can it last?

It's unprecedented times for Brunswick and surrounding suburbs Brunswick East and Brunswick West. Never before have the trio of postcodes been so popular with Melbourne's apartment builders with 13 separate projects currently under construction. The yield of apartments from these projects is set to exceed 1,300 dwellings. Brunswick East leads the way with seven projects under construction, followed by Brunswick with four and Brunswick West with...

Anstey Precinct's premier development site offered for sale

Brunswick's Anstey Precinct has been a favourite of Urban Melbourne's for some years, essentially a microcosm of Melbourne's greater push toward higher density living outside the central city. Anchored by Anstey Railway Station and with Breese Street as its spine, the Anstey Precinct has been subject to intense apartment development during recent years. While Urban Melbourne has been both positive and critical of the resulting built-form, one...

Crystal ball gazing: City of Moreland

When you mention Brunswick to anyone who's from the other side of the Yarra you're quite likely to get a rendition of the Franco Cozzo ad, a massive expletive-ladden anti-hipster tirade or hushed jibes about lefties. However we need to question how long those stereotypes will last. Urban Melbourne labelled Lygon Street in Brunswick East a development hotspot in August 2013 and the picture today is dramatically different. Not that Lygon Street is...

Nightingale heads back to planning in the wake of VCAT's howler

Thrust into the spotlight last year, Brunswick's Nightingale apartment development has re-entered Moreland's planning system after VCAT revoked the project planning permit in a highly contentious decision. At 6 Florence Street, the project became a poster boy of sorts for current planning inconsistencies with the project's approval nullified due to a lack of onsite car parking even though it is located within metres of Anstey Railway Station,...

Brunswick bulks up with a wave of fresh planning applications

Underpinning the continued popularity of Brunswick and surrounds as an apartment hotspot, a host of planning applications are before Moreland City Council for assessment. Many sites in question continue the trend of apartment developments subsuming former industrial facilities, while the odd application such as 611-621 Sydney Road provide a surprise reuse. With many projects in the 3-5 level category, Urban Melbourne has chosen to highlight the...

The Anstey precinct failing at a basic level

In one of our very early articles, Urban Melbourne covered what we refer to as the Anstey precinct : a tract of land adjoining Anstey Station which was and continues to be subsumed by proposed and under construction mid-rise apartment developments. Now the best part of two years on, the former industrial pocket nestled in behind Sydney Road has seen enough redevelopment to pass comment on the respective successes or failures of the area. There's...

Jewell Station's redevelopment a step closer

Brunswick's Jewell Station Precinct redevelopment has progressed with the master plan currently open to public comment. A joint project between land owner VicTrack and property developer Neometro, Jewell Station Precinct forms part of VicTrack’s Station Precinct Enhancement program which seeks to cede under-utilised VicTrack-owned land to developers for renewal. In turn proceeds from the redevelopment of Jewell Station Precinct will allow...

Melbourne development numbers: Moonee Valley, Moreland & Darebin

Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Brunswick, Coburg, Northcote and Preston: suburbs synonymous with Melbourne's inner North and increasingly at the forefront of Melbourne's accelerating density. Following on from last week's overarching article , we'll gradually be taking a closer look at Melbourne's development numbers - region by region - and today's focus is on the three local government areas that reside to the immediate north of City of Melbourne/...

Giving something back > 12 Duckett Street, Brunswick

Here at Urban Melbourne we consider Anstey precinct in Brunswick to be the vanguard in terms of middle-ring, higher density urban regeneration. Wedged between the Upfield rail line and Sydney Road, the area until recently was dominated by low-rise industrial premises. Anstey was subject to two articles on Urban Melbourne last year: "Anstey in Development" and "This little piggy went to market (on his fixie)" . While both articles were supportive...

East of Brunswick, West of Lygon

Think Lygon Street, East Brunswick and the snapshot below is the vision many readers are familiar with: an evolving thoroughfare with all the bustle and colour expected of an area with a semi-bohemian feel and a rapidly increasing population. The Lygon Street, East Brunswick vista Most would not be aware of the labyrinth of half blocks, alleys and cul-de-sac's that are mere metres from Lygon Street. Forming a snaking border between Brunswick and...

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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).