City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne's Concept Designs for Boyd Park revealed

This Tuesday the City of Melbourne's Councillors will consider a plan for a new 5,000 sqm urban park for Southbank - the municipality’s most densely populated suburb - which has the least amount of public open space per person in the City of Melbourne. The $3.5m Boyd Park Concept Plan aims to "create a backyard" for Southbank residents and to provide flexible and playful spaces that support a range of activities. The concept plan builds on Boyd’...

City of Melbourne's amendment 308 seeks to implement a new central city design guide

Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath. One of the main outputs in the amendment process is to include a Central Melbourne Design Guide which outlines through imagery what, in the council's view, are acceptable and avoidable built...

PDG hint at their new Munro Site tower design

Developer PDG has circulated preliminary images of a tower proposed to grace the Munro site adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market. This follows on from a planning application being submitted for the City of Melbourne-backed development which includes frontages to Therry Street, Queen Street and the rear of Franklin street. The application is with the Planning Minister's office after Minister Richard Wynne imposed a height limit over the site...

UniMelb adds Swanston Street to their student accommodation portfolio

The University of Melbourne is once more chasing the right to create another significant student housing complex. Located at 625-631 Swanston Street, the project has been dubbed Lincoln Square South and finds itself in the middle of Melbourne's evolving student precinct centred around Carlton's Swanston Street stretch. Lincoln Square South is the latest development that will help support the 50,000 students that visit the institution's Parkville...

Elizabeth Street wins approval, Clarendon Street goes back to the drawing board

Long at planning, 478-488 Elizabeth Street has come away from the approvals process with a permit. Earlier this month the final stamp of approval was granted for the project, after a stint at VCAT which resulted in the appeals body issuing an order to approve the development during late August. The final result sees an Elenberg Fraser-designed tower in excess of 60 levels permitted on site consisting of apartments, a hotel component and retail...

Hayball discuss the evolution of Melbourne's student housing sector

In light of the boom in student accommodation projects, Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to chat with Hayball duo Marcus Ieraci and Tom Gilbert. As senior members of the Southbank-based design practice, both are heavily involved in Hayball's numerous student accommodation endeavours, and are all to happy to outline where the sector has come from in Melbourne, and more importantly, what lies ahead. As a point of reference Hayball has...

CoM launches two projects aimed at enhancing the CBD

Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin. Previously outlined on Urban Melbourne during its infancy, the project will seek to transform the area into "a more functional, safe and attractive gateway for the thousands of pedestrians...

A vanguard West Melbourne regeneration project receives CoM backing

Perri Projects has been given approval by the City of Melbourne to create a new West Melbourne Waterfront precinct that will subsume a swathe of industrial land. First covered by Urban Melbourne at the turn of 2016, the $500 million rejuvenation which fell under Planning Scheme Amendment C221, was given the nod during a recent council meeting. The roughly 28,000sqm site is diagonally opposite Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct urban renewal area,...

Three Melbourne projects indicative of the times

The well documented surge in apartments within the CBD over recent years looks to be dissuading developers from the inner city residential apartment sector. Whilst the masses of apartments roaring toward completion have taken the steam out of the apartment market, hotel and student accommodation projects have, in the interim, attracted a proportionately larger slice of the planning pie. City of Melbourne are handling three prime examples, all of...

Breathe Architecture conceive QVM's new market facility

The first tangible building that heralds the start of the Queen Victoria Market's (QVM) renewal is now at advertising . Breathe Architecture has designed a new structure, which will act as a temporary market facility whilst the QVM undergoes its comprehensive overhaul. Absorbing a tract of land adjacent to Queen Street, Market Garden as it has been dubbed will cater for traders that are currently spread over airsheds A, B, C and D. In line with...


Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:45
Aged care provider Benetas is approaching an outcome for its Doncaster Road residential aged care and retirement village facility. Next week Manningham City Council will provide judgement on the development which in part reaches eight levels. Council internal planners are recommending that the application be supported, subject to conditions, but for the most the built form has been green lighted.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment