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Render displaying an exterior aerial view of the intended Sky One apartment building at Box Hill

Golden Age Group set to launch Sky One

Final touches are being applied to the Sky One display suite in preparation for the project's sales launch this Saturday. Gold in colour and mimicking the tower's eventual shape, the display suite is located at 545 Station Street, Box Hill. Extensively covered by Urban Melbourne thus far, the tower is set to become a Box Hill landmark with developer Golden Age Group poised to accept reservations for what they believe will be a project that...

West Melbourne's development scene as fluid as ever

As one the city's in demand new apartment locations, West Melbourne continues to consistently churn out development news. Last week architecture firm Buchan Group confirmed that its former studio at 133 Rosslyn Street West Melbourne had received planning approval for a new residential complex. Replacing the firm's former office will be a new 9 storey design for developer Starland Pacific Group. With PDS Group installed as Development and Project...

Box Hill rises to new heights; is 150 metres out of the question?

As if dispelling any doubt that Box Hill is the apartment powerhouse in Melbourne's middle-ring suburbs, a number of planning applications are before City of Whitehorse seeking to further boost the emerging skyline. Golden Age Group have requested a planning amendment to the approved 545-563 Station Street which would see an overall height of the tower increase to 122.8 metres, enabling the project to take the mantle as Box Hill's tallest...

A new public realm for Ringwood

Suburban shopping centres are known more for their tendency of being surrounded by car parks rather than embracing their immediate urban surrounds. Chadstone, Highpoint and Southland definitely fall into the former category, yet as Eastland's metamorphosis continues it is emerging as one of Melbourne's most progressive and inclusive retail destinations. With Ringwood Station directly opposite (images of its redevelopment can be seen below),...

AZX Group initiate A'Beckett Residences: 183-189 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

Designed by The Buchan Group for burgeoning developer AZX Group, A'Beckett Residences as it has been dubbed seeks to occupy a 1,038sqm site at 183-189 A'Beckett Street in the rapidly growing CBD North Precinct. Rising 67-storeys for a height of 205.5 metres the proposed tower comprises 471 apartments with 102sqm of ground floor retail atop two basement levels. The application like many other tall towers proposed for both Melbourne's CBD and...

Planning Application > 180 Russell Street, Melbourne

Melbourne’s Chinatown district is set to see its most dramatic transformation in decades if AXF Property Group gain approval for their latest project, having recently submitting plans for yet another controversial residential tower. Following approval for Melbourne's tallest suburban apartment tower located in Box Hill, AXF Group have this time acted upon the Total Car Park site at 180 Russell Street. Pushing forward with their CBD plans which...
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New proposals seek to join the 200m club

Many readers would recall an article published early December titled ' Are 200m residential towers the new norm for Melbourne? ' in which Urban Melbourne touched upon fourteen towers aiming to take their place in the city's burgeoning skyline. From planning assessment to construction fourteen is a sizeable number, yet such is the dynamic state of Melbourne's apartment market coupled with the willingness of Asian-backed developers, Urban...

Development & Planning

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 00:00
With the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016. The blueprint aims to address areas in need of improvement including congestion and housing.

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).