Peppers and Vibe land new Melbourne addresses

Melbourne's dynamic hotel sector continues to see new deals done, further expanding the lengthy queue of short stay accommodation projects in development around the city. After opening their first Melbourne outlet in Docklands at the turn of 2016, Peppers will take on a new Southbank tower as part of parent company Mantra Group's aggressive expansion plan throughout Australian and New Zealand . The plan sees Peppers Southbank as one of five new...

Moonee Ponds in the market for some high-rise activity

Subsequent to an earlier article which highlighted the first phase of the massive and long overdue redevelopment of the former Readings site in Moonee Ponds, further plans are now available which detail the second and more substantial portion, of what will constitute stage one of the overall development. While 34-36 Margaret Street is well advanced with preliminary marketing material circulating throughout the industry, the wraps can be taken...

443 Upper Heidelberg Road reborn

Gone is the 26 level proposal for Heidelberg which stirred local resentment earlier in the year, with a new scheme in place that developer Caydon hopes will receive the green light. Gone too are initial architects Peddle Thorp, with Fender Katsalidis installed to deliver an altogether different proposal. Shorter in stature and gaining a handful of apartments over the initial proposal, Fender Katsalidis have endeavoured to bring a heightened...

The Richmond Malt site heads to planning

A planning application has been lodged with Yarra City Council for one of Melbourne's most recognisable development sites. Following a Colliers campaign to sell the Richmond Malt site during 2014, Caydon was revealed as the purchaser and has recently lodged plans for the first phase of the expansive site which includes the famed Nylex Clock. With a land area in excess of 11,000sqm, the Richmond Malt site joins Caydon's existing adjoining...

Development & Planning

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00
As indicated in Urban Melbourne's article on commercial development , site works have commenced on the Two Melbourne Quarter site, which forms part of the greater Melbourne Quarter development being delivered by Lendlease within the Docklands precinct. This has coincided with Lendlease securing EnergyAustralia as the anchor tenant for Two Melbourne Quarter and signing a development agreement to commence construction in earnest.

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

Sustainability & Environment