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GSA Group go again; adds to the crush of student accommodation projects

The rampant growth in Melbourne's student housing sector will likely gain extra impetus, with international operator GSA Group lining up a second inner city development. With their initial Melbourne foray reaching an important construction marker over the last week, GSA Australia will now look to develop a pre-approved site at 684-688 Elizabeth Street. City of Melbourne had previously granted approval for a 19 storey, SJB Architects-designed...

PDG Corporation usher in its next wave of apartment projects

Local developer PDG Corporation is in the process of replenishing its development pipeline, with two apartment projects currently at planning. The two new residential projects are located in two heavily influential suburbs in terms of apartment activity, namely West Melbourne and Brunswick. These two have hit advertising with their respective councils at a time when PDG Corporation's two current apartment projects are nearing construction...
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Elm & Stone plus what lies ahead for MAB at NewQuay

The wheels are turning on a variety of projects at MAB Corporation's NewQuay precinct, with their latest release racking up some impressive numbers. Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to interview MAB Corporation's General Manager of Residential, David Allt-Graham regarding their twin-towered Elm & Stone project, in addition to the company's plans for the balance of the site. Located at 395 Docklands Drive, Elm & Stone is the...

Night falls on Montague Precinct

The evolution of Montague Precinct will soon gain further momentum with BPM’s Night Fall project set to become reality. Inspired by elements of urban New York, it has been designed to add a sense of New York to the rich grain and fabric of the area and to provide a contrast to some of the taller developments both approved and proposed within the precinct. The $26.5 million boutique project comprises 45 apartments over 7-storeys and is located at...

Capital Alliance Investment Group goes from strength to strength

A meteoric year for Capital Alliance Investment Group's founder and Managing Director Mohan Du has been capped with the developer receiving the Australian Property Institute’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award for Victoria. At only 28 years old, Mohan Du has presided over the firm which has seen the delivery of its first major development, M Docklands. With final touches being applied to the mixed-use tower, its imminent opening will usher in...

DKO and designing Docklands

As construction in and around Docklands continues at pace, Urban Melbourne thought it an opportune time to garner an update on the precinct from Docklands locals DKO Architecture. Architect Dennis Chew and Design Director Jesse Linardi were kind enough to discuss their experience of working 'on site' in addition to their two latest projects for Capital Alliance within Harbour Town.

DKO's Koos de Keijzer talks Huntingdale

Following on from our piece on Sterling Global's plans for its Huntingdale site , comes our chat with DKO Architecture's regarding the firm's work on the masterplanning of the project in addition to their experiences working on similar projects throughout Melbourne. Quite often the simple solution is to deliver a gated, homogeneous housing estate with no connection with the greater community of which it should form a part. Projects such as...
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Sterling Global's grand plans for Huntingdale

CBD-based Sterling Global is pushing ahead with its plans for an 'urban village' at 1221-1249 Centre Road, Oakleigh; the site of a former quarry and located directly opposite Huntingdale Golf Course. With an expected end value in excess of $600 million, the DKO Architecture master planned development will accommodate approximately 2,500 residents as it is developed over the next 5-8 years. Adhering to Sterling Global's criteria when assessing...

Figtree's Melbourne foray: 293-303 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Urban Melbourne can reveal Singaporean firm Figtree Holdings Limited's proposal for what was formerly the Duke of Kent hotel on La Trobe Street. Better known as a builder of commercial and industrial facilities throughout east Asia, the group will press into Melbourne's high-rise residential sector via its subsidiary Figtree La Trobe Pty Ltd. Securing the Duke of Kent for $14.08 million during 2014, Figtree subsequently added the adjoining 301-...

Queens Domain a showcase for quality apartment design

Travel past 12 Queens Road at the moment and massive banners adorn the existing car park highlighting one of Melbourne's premier apartment developments in the making. The latest project by developer Kangoala, Queens Domain will be aimed toward apartment buyers seeking large living areas and exceptional internal finishes featuring a number of firsts. Urban Melbourne recently spoke with PDA Australia Development Manager Andrew Rice who has once...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30
OSK Property's first foray into the Melbourne market appears to be on track with the first stage of its six tower, Melbourne Square development on Southbank receiving stage one endorsement from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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, 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

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 00:00
Melbourne now has a second vertical school campus under construction. McCorkell Constructions is in charge of the build that will deliver a new integrated educational and communal facility on the corner of Highett and Gleadell Street, Richmond. Designed by Hayball, Richmond High School as it has been labelled will be built for 650 students, and has an overall value of $43 million.

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).