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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...

466 Collins Street emerges as Collins House Melbourne

Golden Age Group has in recent weeks commenced preliminary exposure for their latest project which promises to be one of Melbourne's most prominent skyscrapers. After snapping up the prized 460-466 Collins Street site during 2014 for a reported $25 million, the developer has christened the tower Collins House Melbourne, with an active website taking registrations of interest for what may well become one of Melbourne's most sought after addresses...

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Development & Planning

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 06:00
Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).