West Melbourne's latest tower on show

Not a week after Urban Melbourne noted the submission of a tower for a vacant corner West Melbourne block, plans for the project have been revealed. What is shown is practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke's definitive foray into high-rise apartment design. Proponent City Gate Pty Ltd is backing plans for a 20-storey development for 404-418 Spencer Street, a site immediately south of the recently finished Spencer Melbourne which is double the height of the...

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

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...


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