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S P Setia lands 111-125 A'Beckett Street as offshore media reports Sapphire is all but sold out

Over the course of the last week, Malaysian developer S P Setia has landed two telling blows in Melbourne's apartment market, further enhancing its stature locally. Malaysian publication The Edge Markets has in recent days reported that the developer has secured 111-125 A’Beckett Street for a price of $61 million. Complete with permit for an Elenberg Fraser-designed apartment tower spanning 200 plus metres, the A'Beckett Street plot of 1,714sqm...

Malaysia's EFT weighs into the local market with a stake in Melbourne Square

One of Melbourne's largest developments in waiting has been given a boost with Malaysia's Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) officially taking a 49% stake in Melbourne Square. The largest sovereign pension fund in Malaysia and the investors behind London's Battersea Power Station redevelopment have taken the stake as developer OSK Property ramps up sales for the project. EPF's stake in the Kavanagh Street, Southbank amounts to $154 million. With...

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues

Developer GURNER continues to rack up apartment projects within City of Yarra, with the latest an intended apartment development at 23-33 Johnston Street, Collingwood. Although active across many of Melbourne's inner city suburbs, GURNER continues to cherry pick sites across City of Yarra, with the municipality a honey hole for the Prahran-based outfit. GURNER has also maintained its penchant for well-regarded architecture firms, utilising COX...

Placemaking at Pentridge for an improved social and design outcome

Anyone who has traversed the former Pentridge site in recent times can attest to how unsophisticated and unwelcoming the first tranche of apartment and townhouse projects are within the former prison's grounds. More than that it's the failure of these projects to adequately integrate with their surrounds that is perhaps most disappointing. While developed only a few short years ago, they are almost symptomatic of a different time and/or attitude...

SP Setia's northern statement: 308 Exhibition Street

The wider public now has a chance to see what developer SP Setia has in store for its prime development site on the northern edge of the CBD fronting Carlton Gardens. These are the first images made available of the proposed application that carries a nominal development cost of $250 million, with the total value of the project much higher. Having secured the site earlier in the year, SP Setia now hopes to gain approval for the twin towers which...

Construction beckons for Queens Place

Another of Melbourne's batch of sizeable apartment projects is closer to reality, with a construction tender now open for Queens Place Tower 1. The tender process was initiated mid July with developer 3L Alliance expecting construction to begin toward the end of the year or early next year. Queens Place is currently 81% sold. Consisting of dual residential towers spanning 246 metres in height, Queens Place is a joint design between firms Cox...

Southbank set to gain a new park

At a point where City of Melbourne are grappling with multiple projects aimed toward beautifying Southbank, a current planning application at the behest of private Malaysian developer PJD Property intends to create a new park and surrounding open spaces far superior to anything currently found within postcode 3006. Plans have been touched upon in recent months for 93-119 Kavanagh Street which many readers would currently identify as a sprawling...

Five noteworthy education projects flying under the radar

It's not just apartment developments which are presently enjoying heightened levels of construction. A large number of education-driven projects are also under construction throughout Melbourne, with Urban Melbourne nominating five of the more significant builds below. Impressively one builder has collected four of the highlighted five, with Kane Constructions currently enjoying a rich vein of projects in the sector; the combined value of Kane...

3L Alliance pushes for twin 246 metre towers at 350 Queen Street

Further light can now be shed on the proposed 'Queens Place' development which is expected to eventually consume a sizeable and underutilised CBD corner site. Developer 3L Alliance has found a new home within the existing 350 Queen Street office complex onsite, that will eventually be flanked by dual high-rise residential towers. With a nominal value of $750 million, the project will see an expansive five level podium topped with two towers...

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Development & Planning

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 00:00
Giancorp Property Group is looking to rework their Moonee Ponds mixed-use development, refining the previously approved scheme with the help of Buchan Group as project architect. Located in a burgeoning development precinct immediately south of Puckle Street, 17-23 Puckle Street and 6-14 Young Street will see two separate buildings developed, with the taller spanning 16 levels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 12:00
Kate Shaw , University of Melbourne A recent suggestion that new housing on inner-city public land should start from a presumption of 100% social housing prompted indignation in government circles. “We can’t condemn another generation of Victorians to live in housing poverty,” huffed the housing minister, Martin Foley.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 13:00
Little by little we're getting closer to the money and shovels-in-the-ground end of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project with the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership is the successful bidder for the Tunnel & Stations availability-based private-public partnership (PPP) contract.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.