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The state of construction in Melbourne - mid April 2017

With over three hundred projects on our database currently under construction, there's a lot of cranes, pits, core boxes and new facades appearing all over the city. Here is a selection images posted originally on the forum by Urban Melbourne users and staff. Under each image is a link back to the forum thread where the image was originally posted - and there's plenty more images to view in each thread. Hendrix - Brunswick Image by Zicojapan,...

Where the tall ones are: a construction snapshot of the CBD's northern talls

One of the northern CBD's new breed of skyscrapers reached a monumental construction marker last week. Hengyi Australia's Light House apartment development appeared sans jump form, signifying the termination of the tower at 69 levels above Elizabeth Street. Using Light House's milestone as a nominal halfway point of development for the current crop, it's an opportune time to provide an update on the progress of the many towers that are...

Billions in development headed toward construction

The next wave of projects readying for construction will see well in excess of $1 billion worth of additional development across Melbourne. Supplementing recently awarded projects and open construction tenders, a handful of major projects are also seeking permits to begin the construction process. The most recent site to receive builders signage is CBD Development Group's 288 Albert Street, with LU Simon snaring Brunswick's tallest current...

Unprecedented times for Brunswick's apartment growth, but can it last?

It's unprecedented times for Brunswick and surrounding suburbs Brunswick East and Brunswick West. Never before have the trio of postcodes been so popular with Melbourne's apartment builders with 13 separate projects currently under construction. The yield of apartments from these projects is set to exceed 1,300 dwellings. Brunswick East leads the way with seven projects under construction, followed by Brunswick with four and Brunswick West with...

Pulse of the construction industry: Melbourne tower crane count March 2016

Has much of anything changed in the past six months regarding Melbourne's commercial construction output? There has been a spike in tower crane usage throughout Melbourne since the last census conducted during October 2015, contrary to the prediction made by Urban Melbourne. As of last week there were 161 tower cranes (give or take one or two units) plying their trade Melbourne-wide, a noteworthy jump of 17 relative to the October 2015 figure...

A new record: Urban Melbourne's October 2015 crane count

Since the inception of the Urban Melbourne crane count, the number of tower cranes has never failed to decrease on a period to period basis. This remains the case once more, with the second and final count of 2015 revealing a record number of tower cranes dotted throughout metropolitan Melbourne. At our best assertion, the current number stands at 144. This compares to an October 2014 count of 110 and a March 2015 figure of 131 . The continual...

Melbourne under construction in 2005

Is Melbourne a boom city? Indeed, but this was also the case during 2005, when the CBD and surrounds well and truly shrugged of the doldrums of the late 1990s with a rash of high-profile projects under construction. The CBD saw an influx of new commercial space while Southbank capably led by Eureka Tower came into its own for the first time. While dozens of notable residential and commercial builds were underway, important civic projects such as...

Now and then: Victoria Harbour during 2015 and 2005

The pace of construction activity continues to quicken at Victoria Harbour as Lend Lease cashes in on the seemingly endless demand for apartments. Their Docklands precinct currently sees seven residential towers at various stages of construction, a far cry from the solitary project on the radar during 2005. Add a number of ongoing infrastructure and civic projects within the precinct and the level of development activity within the waterside hub...

Inside Marco Melbourne's tower crane collapse

First photos have emerged of last Friday's tower crane accident at Marco Melbourne on Southbank. CFMEU Victoria have uploaded a host of images via their Facebook page which demonstrates the serious nature of the accident and the luck that allowed all involved onsite to escape with only a handful of minor injuries reported. The failure of the tower crane has lead to road closures in the area until a point where the unit can be safely recovered...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00
First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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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Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.