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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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Mack to the Future > 9-23 Mackenzie Street

Purchased in late 2013 by Malaysian developer UEM Sunrise in conjunction with 224-252 LaTrobe Street , the site at 9-23 Mackenzie Street was part of an invited design competition that encompassed two sites and three teams of architects. A rare opportunity to compete for the rights to design two signature towers at the top end of the CBD, Cox Architecture were successful in securing design services following a process, which according to UEM...
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UEM Sunrise intent on making a statement

What do you do when you're a Malaysian Government-backed property developer intent on breaking into the hotly contested Melbourne apartment scene? Why you go big...really big with two grandiose towers! Not content with dipping their toes into local waters, UEM Sunrise will rather perform the mother of all bombs as it seeks to implement itself firmly at the pointy end of Melbourne's apartment development scene. As has been well documented the...

Development & Planning

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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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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).