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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...

Dexus doubles up with approval for a substantial commercial development

It's been an eventful few weeks for Sydney-based DEXUS Property Group in its Melbourne sphere of operations. Whilst a number of big ticket items have grabbed the headlines, the real estate group has managed to secure all but final approval for one of suburban Melbourne's largest commercial developments. City of Monash have green lighted DEXUS's plans to greatly expand their Axxess Corporate Park within Mount Waverley. Lodged with Council during...

Current suburban development sites reinforce the prevailing development trend

Prime development sites continue to pour into the market, with some new and noteworthy land offerings freshly loaded onto sister website Development Sites Melbourne . As always the bulk of listings present as residential opportunities, with the vast majority found in suburban Melbourne. This reinforces the current trend whereby developers of both existing and prospective land holdings are favouring inner and middle suburbs over the heart of...

Yarra receives a commercial boost, including plans for Fitzroy's tallest office building

Of the 107 listings falling within City of Yarra throughout the Urban Melbourne Project Database, a mere seven are solely commercial in use. Whilst residential projects rule the roost, recent months have seen three of the municipality's larger commercial developments enter planning. These projects are set to be joined by what shapes as Fitzroy's tallest commercial development, located at 151-159 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy. After recently acquiring...

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Development & Planning

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:00
Ballarat's station precinct is set to be transformed, following last week's announcement that the Pellicano Group has been awarded the rights to develop a new conference centre and hotel facility.

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

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Melbourne’s tram network may hold the key to providing the dense network of high frequency rapid transport that would provide world class connectivity in the inner-city and CBD. Melbourne and New York are very different cities. Drawing too close a parallel between any two cities can be a folly; however New York and Melbourne share some near similarities where it counts.

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).