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A commercial mini city beckons as Melbourne's southeast flourishes

City of Monash planners have recommended that Singapore-backed Frasers Property Australia along with project partner Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) be allowed to proceed with a multi-staged commercial development that would become one of suburban Melbourne's largest. Subject to a raft of conditions, the proposal which includes in excess of 60,000sqm of commercial office space is poised to account for a vacant site at 254-294...

Yarra's commercial prospects reloaded

Yarra continues to rack up substantial commercial planning applications, solidifying a recent spate of office projects within the municipality as highlighted by Urban Melbourne earlier in the year. Latest to enter the fray is 57 Balmain Street, seeking partial demolition of the existing heritage form which in years gone by was part of the historic Rosella complex. A seven storey commercial building above three basement levels is planned, with a...

City of Yarra's commercial prospects boosted by 100,000sqm

City of Yarra's recent commercial planning application at 370-374 Swan Street has gone a long way to solidifying the municipality's push toward becoming the most active office sector behind those of the CBD and Docklands. Increasing in both number and size, City of Yarra's prospective commercial developments have the combined ability to add in excess of 100,000sqm of new office space across the municipalities four major commercial nodes;...

Melbourne's west gathers some development momentum

It has arguably been a long time coming. Key suburbs across Melbourne's western region are beginning to unlock some of their development potential as a raft of new projects come to the fore. Whether they be commercial or residential, the new projects are a sign that Melbourne's western suburbs are front and square in the collective minds of many developers. Metrowest's initial build. Image: ABD Group The team behind Sunshine's Metrowest...

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...

Commercial intentions fall into place as Cbus Property secures another tenant for Collins Arch

The last week has seen two noteworthy commercial leasing deals unveiled as major tenants secure space for their operations. The latest sees Cbus Property add another premium tenant to their Collins Arch project, with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers taking near on 6,500sqm of space alongside initial tenant King & Wood Mallesons. Following last week's official ground breaking ceremony held onsite, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers' arrival now sees 30% of total...

City of Melbourne approves six major projects

With little fanfare, six notable planning applications have been given the OK via City of Melbourne over recent weeks. From mid July through to last week, one after the other are now free to proceed at the whim of the developer. And for three of the six a start to construction is precisely what is at the forefront of the developer's thinking. The most recent approval is that of 269-271 Spring Street, otherwise known as the new home of Australian...

Designing for a mobile workforce: RPM's new head office by ROTHELOWMAN

ROTHELOWMAN has designed RPM Real Estate Group’s new headquarters with the company’s mobile workforce in mind and with a desire to create an office with a "bit of soul." The relocation comes as a result of RPM’s rapid growth. Due to a high proportion of RPM salespeople working in­-house just one day a week, ROTHELOWMAN has been faced with the challenge of designing a space that caters to this dispersed and mobile workforce. The layout of the new...

Could 311 Spencer Street become one of Melbourne's tallest office towers?

With construction tenders called for during May , the new Victoria Police Centre at 311 Spencer Street appears to be moving ever closer to reality. But what form will the new tower take? According to the Ozscrapers forum, a new application has been lodged for the project which greatly expands the design to 39 storeys or 174 metres. To be built on a vacant piece of land adjoining the relatively new City West Police Complex, the tower was...

Key sticking points hammered out as ISPT seeks approval for its Spring Street tower

The development team behind one of Melbourne's most recent commercial tower applications has had right of reply to City of Melbourne's varied concerns regarding their proposal located at 267-271 Spring Street. Property fund manager and developer ISPT has Australian Unity pencilled in as the prospective project's tenant, with John Wardle Architects handed the task of creating the modern edifice above the current low-rise heritage buildings onsite...

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Development & Planning

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:00
After years of stagnation in the Geelong hotel sector, Victoria's second city will soon welcome a new hotel as Franzé Developments unveils its intentions to turn a Geelong CBD site into new short stay accommodation. Acquired for $7 million and spanning 2,700sqm, the site located at 44 Ryrie Street was purchased off market.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00
In January a review by former police commissioner Neil Comrie found that the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (MYJC) in Parkville was no longer fit for purpose. The facility which first opened at the site in 1955 has now reached the end of its useful life as a juvenile detention centre.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00
Comment The clock keeps ticking. And it's not going away anytime soon. I'm of course talking about land transport to and from Melbourne Airport, or more to the point our over-reliance on the road network to transport both passengers and employees to and from the airport terminals and the many businesses located nearby.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.