Carlton

Urbanest's latest project revealed as Icon Construction scores another major build

Student accommodation provider Urbanest will have another inner-city footprint ready for the 2019 academic year as 122-136 Berkeley Street goes to construction. The site in question is adjacent to, and opposite GSA Australia's 221 Pelham Street and 684-688 Elizabeth Street projects, bolstering the immediate area's already heavy student accommodation construction activity. Awarded to Icon Construction, 122-136 Berkeley Street is the third current...

Inter-war and student to the core: another whopping student accommodation project unveiled

A heritage listed building on an otherwise vacant Bouverie Street site is set to host one of Melbourne's larger student accommodation projects, falling under the UniLodge Bouverie St banner. Across 123-135 Bouverie Street, dual towers are proposed that would add a further 596 rooms to the Melbourne market. Nettleton Tribe are the design force behind the proposal, with institutional investor Cedar Pacific backing the development. The Art Deco...

Four significant projects receive the NOD

The period between local Council elections and year's end looks likely to throw up further key planning approvals, in light of four significant towers that are all but approved. A Notice of Decision (NOD) has been issued for each of the projects during November, all but assuring they will gain final approval within weeks. Each planning application has been covered by Urban Melbourne over the course of the last year, with the quartet split...

Besgate notch their third current Melbourne project at planning

Sydney-based developer Besgate has lined up their third sizeable Melbourne apartment project with a planning application for a substantial Carlton building lodged during late 2015. Backed by private mainland Chinese interests, Besgate's intended 558-566 Swanston Street joins two CBD projects in bolstering the developers burgeoning presence in Melbourne. 179 apartments are slated for the Jackson Clements Burrows-designed project, which when...

Righting a Swanston Street wrong

It looks increasingly likely that one of a pack of underwhelming buildings which front Swanston Street in Carlton will undergo an exterior rejuvenation shortly. Completed during 2004, Arrow on Swanston at 470-496 Swanston Street is defined by its precast exterior, but not necessarily for long. Client Livingsprings Pty Ltd has enlisted Melbourne architecture and urban planning firm Particular to devise a refurbishment & addition works program...

A rather unorthodox approach: 66 Lygon Street, Carlton

Today we look at an application which seeks to address some of the recent concerns surrounding housing diversity in apartment living and resident amenity. Z66, to be located at 66 Lygon St in Carlton would see the current building occupied by the DownTowner demolished to make way for a 14-storey, Fender Katsalidis -designed apartment building. The proposal aims to create a new character for the precinct through a dramatic interpretation of the...

8 Bouverie Street a giant amongst Melbourne development sites

The focal point of Carlton's former CUB Brewery site has been placed on the market after CEL Australia elected to move on the approved development scheme rather than develop the asset. Situated over 2,927sqm, yet part of the larger brewery site spanning an entire block, 8 Bouverie Street is the marquee portion of the urban renewal project. Representing the largest permitted apartment development site offered for sale since 2013, 8 Bouverie...

Impressions of the Melbourne School of Design

University of Melbourne's new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning complex has recently been completed. Under the guise of the Melbourne School of Design, the new John Wardle and NADAAA designed building is located within the heart of the university's Carlton campus fronting Masson Road. Subject to an international design competition, 133 submissions from 15 countries were initially received for the landmark structure. Six competing...

City of Melbourne grapples with CEL's 156-172 Victoria Street

This evening City of Melbourne will officially voice their disapproval for another of Melbourne's 200+ metre residential proposals, this time 156-172 Victoria Street which forms part of the former CUB Brewery site abutting the CBD. Singaporean-backed CEL Australia upon purchasing the prime site engaged Elenberg Fraser to create a tower capable of accommodating in excess of 1000 apartments. The initial application was lodged early during 2014...

The Eminence joins the queue on Queensberry

The latest in a mounting number of apartment developments centred around Carlton's Queensberry Street was launched last night. The Eminence, which was first highlighted last year by Urban Melbourne as a planning application, celebrated its launch event with all relevant project partners in attendance. Speaking to project architect Ian Briggs of Plus Architecture, he explains that the design reflects its location - a marriage of the CBD's...

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Development & Planning

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:00
Melbourne Airport owner Asia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) is facilitating a new hotel development on airport land that will see two new operators take up a combined 464 suites. In documents that are available for public viewing , APAC has identified Novotel and Ibis as likely operators of the 4-4.5-star hotels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.