Collins Street

Three Collins Street projects begin their skyward ascent

Urban Melbourne has previously highlighted the significant transformation that is currently underway along the western reaches of Collin Street with three projects currently under construction and a number of others due to begin in the next few years. The three projects in question - Collins Arch, Collins House and Olderfleet - have all recently had cranes erected following months of demolition and early site works, allowing these three skyline...

Lendlease steps in on One Melbourne Quarter

With preliminary construction works underway, Lendlease have completed the sale of their first offering within the multi-towered Melbourne Quarter development. Announced yesterday was the sale of the precinct's first commercial tower to Lendlease-managed affiliate, Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial. The transaction comes at a point of near full tenancy for the commercial tower dubbed One Melbourne Quarter . Upon completion, initial...

Fragrance Group secures approval for the seemingly defunct 555 Collins Street

Singaporean outfit Fragrance Group has managed to gain approval for a substantial residential tower at 555 Collins Street. Long after notions of a 400 metre commercial tower and in the wake of Fragrance Group's early ambitions for a 300 metre mixed use monolith onsite, a residential tower holding in excess off 600 apartments has been given the green light by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. This process of approval has taken place in conjunction...

The beginning of the end: No.1 Collins Wharf

Submitted to town planning last year Lend Lease's new 29-storey, $106 million residential development will comprise 321 apartments, 290 car parks, 312 bike spaces and 68 square metres of ground floor retail space. Designed by Bates Smart, the 90 metre tower was considered by Council's Future Melbourne(Planning) Committee which resolved to support the proposal. With frontages to Collins Street, the proposed Bourke Dock public space and the Yarra...

No pants and no park: where to now for 447 Collins Street?

Upholding a long standing political tradition of announcing newsworthy items just prior to extended break periods, news surfaced last Thursday evening of Planning Minister Richard Wynne's decision to reject Cbus Property's proposed skyscraper at 447 Collins Street. This is the second such refusal for the developer on what is a marquee development site. Referred to as the 'Pantscraper' in Fairfax publications due to the unique shape of the now...

Landream, Zaha Hadid and Plus Architecture come together to produce 582-606 Collins Street

A development application which would see a 54 level mixed-use tower built at 582-606 Collins Street has been lodged with the Planning Minister on behalf of proponent Landream. The lead architect has been named as Zaha Hadid working in collaboration with St. Kilda Road-based Plus Architecture. A media release distributed on Monday morning states the proposal is set to include retail, commercial and resident components with a diverse range of...

VIMG's latest tower valued in excess of $1 billion

The CBD's west end is set to receive an ultra-luxury development with plans afoot for a 70 level mixed-use tower carrying in excess of 1,100 apartment and hotel rooms. Based on St Kilda Road, established developer Vic Investments Management Group (VIMG) is behind the plan which is expected to crown their expanding development workbook. Formed near on a decade ago the firm is active in both the Melbourne and Sydney apartment markets, and has seen...

360 Collins Street set for a makeover

Amongst a range of items considered by the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee on Tuesday night was an application for 360 Collins Street. The application comprises an extension to the existing glazing along the Collins Street façade, a relatively modest 13-level expansion to the north and refurbishment of the forecourt area fronting Little Collins Street flanked by two storey retail elements topped by landscaped roofs, outdoor dining and...

Taper and twist: an opportunity missed

Hassell Studio have published images of their unsuccessful yet amazing bid to snare the prime 447 Collins Street development site, known as Market Quarter, which references Melbourne's first market. Along with partner design firm UNStudio, dual designs were conceived to fulfill separate briefs; a structure similar in height to the under demolition tower currently onsite and a much taller tower with landmark qualities. According to Hassell, key...

Collins House a precursor of things to come

Late last week it was announced that two of Melbourne's more dynamic property developers have teamed in order to jointly deliver what will become one of Melbourne's premier addresses. South Melbourne-based Asian Pacific Group has taken a development shareholding in Collins House , a 57 level residential development, and in doing so has cemented what is expected to become a long-term relationship with fellow developer Golden Age Group. In fitting...

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Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.