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Alexa provides Essendon with a design focal point

During 2015 Urban Melbourne highlighted the model example unfolding across Essendon's Mt Alexander Road and Keilor Road, where higher density developments were flourishing along the established transport corridor. At that time there were six apartment projects in development, with the ClarkeHopkinsClarke-designed Alexa at 1050 Mt Alexander Road fresh into demolition. Construction proper commenced during December 2015 and near on two years later...

The value in a collaborative approach to urban development

I have observed over the years, that the urban development process is often very siloed with a very conscious effort made to limit inputs from outside the developer’s core team. This may be seen as commercially and operationally astute and necessary to prevent budget, planning approval and program blow outs. However, in an increasingly networked society and business world, successful and innovative developments are more often borne out of...

Footscray's Cowper Residences set to cater for all buyers

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Footscray is to host a new master planned mixed use development adjacent to the heart of Footscray. Any prospective investor or owner occupier can now secure their space within Cowper Residences, which will be released for sale this month. With Footscray the epicentre of Melbourne's inner west, the wider region is currently subject to $26 billion worth of investment committed to infrastructure and associated projects. Footscray built form...

A green thumb's loss the developer's gain

The humble nursery continues to provide developers with sizeable redevelopment opportunities across Melbourne. Latest to the public eye is the former Going, Going Green nursery within Hawthorn which has been christened Sierra. The apartment development on the corner at Burwood Road and Drill Street is the latest release by expanding Doncaster East-based developer JD Group. Having secured the site reportedly for $30 million, JD Group have created...

Footscray's Binks Ford site finally in line for development

Site purchase and demolition for one of Footscray's key renewal sites occurred during 2012. Thereafter the Binks Ford site has seen precious little activity. But now plans are afoot for an intensive redevelopment of the 9,047sqm plot which abuts the Footscray rail corridor. Developer AVIC Developments Pty Ltd is seeking the green light for 412 dwellings across four separate residential buildings, with the tallest maxing out at 10 levels. Dubbed...

CHC's grass roots contribution to the community and the needs of the vulnerable

Far from the many apartment projects that are the bread and butter of this website, there are of course a variety of developments that cater, or intend to cater for the fraction of our society's population that find themselves in hardship. Among the 1,300 plus listings within the Urban Melbourne Project Database are a smattering of projects such as 179-191 Flemington Road that are designed to cover the needs of the vulnerable, be they homeless...

ClarkeHopkinsClarke looks to the future

Les Clarke, the last of ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s three founding partners recently retired in his 56th year with the practice. Alongside David Hopkins and Jack Clarke, the trio founded Melbourne-based architecture practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke. With an early focus on residential and education projects, Les also designed several acclaimed homes, including the Housing Institute of Australia’s House of the Year in 1978. Today the practice’s work spans...

Essendon's model example set for another addition

During 2015 Urban Melbourne highlighted Essendon's Keilor Road and surrounds as a prime example of progressive high density living along a transport corridor . More specifically Keilor Road's drift toward medium density development is essentially what was envisaged by City of Melbourne's Director of City Design, Rob Adams in his Transforming Australian Cities study. Principally focused on exploring "The potential yield that could accrue through...

Robert Goodliffe of ClarkeHopkinsClarke discusses Polaris 3083

Polaris 3083 is a $500 million community development encompassing its own town centre, apartments, townhouses, shops, recreational areas, aged care and student accommodation. Developed by Deal Corp with masterplanning and architecture by ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC), the intent of Polaris is to create a diverse and rich community that caters to all demographics through a variety of amenities and housing typologies. Deal Corp acquired the 12-hectare...

Why Australia’s growth areas depend on education

Australia’s rapidly growing population requires a smarter, more sustainable and community orientated approach to placemaking. The creation of new outer ring suburbs, particularly in Melbourne, has seen an influx of development to meet this demand, from housing estates to transport options and retail offerings. While new housing is required to cater for Melbourne’s rapidly growing population, what is often overlooked in this process is the need...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.