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City of Moreland

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...

Nightingale heads back to planning in the wake of VCAT's howler

Thrust into the spotlight last year, Brunswick's Nightingale apartment development has re-entered Moreland's planning system after VCAT revoked the project planning permit in a highly contentious decision. At 6 Florence Street, the project became a poster boy of sorts for current planning inconsistencies with the project's approval nullified due to a lack of onsite car parking even though it is located within metres of Anstey Railway Station,...

Coburg gains some long sought-after initiative

With the Coburg Initiative all but a memory, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne last week gave Coburg a fresh direction with the approval of the suburb's new structure plan. 80 hectares will be captured within a new activity centre which will see varying height limits, peaking at a discretionary maximum of 13 levels. Much was expected of the original Coburg Initiative which at the time saw a partnership between Moreland City Council and local...

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...

Brunswick bulks up with a wave of fresh planning applications

Underpinning the continued popularity of Brunswick and surrounds as an apartment hotspot, a host of planning applications are before Moreland City Council for assessment. Many sites in question continue the trend of apartment developments subsuming former industrial facilities, while the odd application such as 611-621 Sydney Road provide a surprise reuse. With many projects in the 3-5 level category, Urban Melbourne has chosen to highlight the...

The Anstey precinct failing at a basic level

In one of our very early articles, Urban Melbourne covered what we refer to as the Anstey precinct : a tract of land adjoining Anstey Station which was and continues to be subsumed by proposed and under construction mid-rise apartment developments. Now the best part of two years on, the former industrial pocket nestled in behind Sydney Road has seen enough redevelopment to pass comment on the respective successes or failures of the area. There's...

Giving something back > 12 Duckett Street, Brunswick

Here at Urban Melbourne we consider Anstey precinct in Brunswick to be the vanguard in terms of middle-ring, higher density urban regeneration. Wedged between the Upfield rail line and Sydney Road, the area until recently was dominated by low-rise industrial premises. Anstey was subject to two articles on Urban Melbourne last year: "Anstey in Development" and "This little piggy went to market (on his fixie)" . While both articles were supportive...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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

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).