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Brunswick East

Nicholson Street's apartment activity slips into top gear

Straddling Brunswick East and Fitzroy North, Nicholson Street is in the midst of a development boom. Urban Melbourne is keeping tabs on approximately 1,000 new apartments currently in development toward the northern end of the increasingly popular thoroughfare. Due to the increasingly limited number of development sites along Nicholson Street, and particularly those with a large footprint capable of handling hundreds of apartments, Nicholson...

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Brunswick East's latest apartment project to reach sales has hit the ground running, with strong sales notched for the project in a short period of time. Seamstress at 11-13 Lygon Street is a reference to the site's previous life as a fabric mill. It is also K7 Developments' fourth Melbourne residential project, following on from successful projects in Brunswick West, Surrey Hills and Hawthorn East. With a Footscray development in the offing, K7...

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...

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...

ISEO leads a new wave of Moreland apartment developments

Pockets of Moreland continue to gentrify via a pipeline of new apartment projects, with the latest being ISEO at 443-445 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Most apparent on this stretch of Lyon Street is the continued shift toward apartment living, with ISEO a prime example. The project's interiors have been created by Plus Architecture on behalf of TON Projects, with ISEO returning to residential use after 36 years as a commercial venue, albeit...

East Brunswick Village a step closer to reality

A development set to reshape East Brunswick's landscape has taken another step forward in a drawn-out approvals process. Primarily fronting Nicholson Street, East Brunswick Village is a sprawling site which first came to light during 2007 when the then Bridgehead Properties Pty Ltd purchased the site with the expectation of a large-scale urban renewal project. With a development plan approved during October 2012, only last month has Moreland...

Little Projects: current success and future intent

Previously covered by Urban Melbourne regarding its excellent public permeability , Tip Top Brunswick can now boast the 2014 Property Review Australia, Heritage Property Award for the integrated six building complex of 411 dwellings. Developer Little Projects' Managing Director Michael Fox was on hand to provide a tour of Tip Top Brunswick, pointing out some of the lesser known qualities for the development while also providing guidance for...

Old and new collide on Lygon Street

I can't think of a better case study than Lygon Street, East Brunswick when judging the interface between old and new, particularly given the robust construction activity over the strip in the last few years. Smith Street, Collingwood comes close but Lygon Street serves as an excellent example of existing dated buildings and new apartment blocks intertwining along an established transport corridor. From historic buildings through to both...

Public permeability and the Tip Top Brunswick East development

Over the course of the last two years Urban Melbourne has had cause to progressively watch Little Projects' Tip Top apartment project rise from the ground in East Brunswick. Emerging from dual 1940's Dutch art deco heritage façades fronting both Edward and Weston streets, the development was progressively opened over the course of 2014 as final touches were applied to public areas. Granted the masses won't be filtering through Tip Top's...

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 00:00
During July, Urban Melbourne reported on City of Melbourne's positive response to Salta Properties' bid to have a skyscraper approved at 63 Exhibition Street. Last week a permit for the mixed-use, Bates Smart-designed tower was granted by the Minister for Planning, concluding a lengthy three-year stint at planning for the application.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:00
No doubt about it, the emerging build-to-rent model has the property media in a tizz at the moment. What may in part become a solution to the housing and rental affordability dilemma has garnered immense media attention of late.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:00
Melbourne Airport has hit a new passenger milestone with its August 2017 passenger data confirming 10 million passengers had been clocked through the international terminal over the previous 12 months. For the first time in the airport’s 47-year history, 10 million international passengers passed through the doors in a rolling 12-month period.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.