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Doncaster Hill's next major apartment project verges on approval

A final planning decision looms next week for Doncaster Hill's latest apartment development. Already holding the consent of Council planners, a positive result at next week's Council Meeting will see 666 Doncaster Road add to the measured flow of high-density residential projects atop the hill. In their report, Council planners have recommended that the Plus Architecture-designed scheme be approved, subject to conditions. Now home to a low-rise...

A decade on, Doncaster may finally host a luxury hotel

It's been a long time coming, but Doncaster Hill may finally receive a hotel. As far back as 2006 Manningham Council sought to facilitate a luxury hotel in the area. A nine story, 140-suite hotel which was to be constructed at 682 Doncaster Road as part of the Doncaster Hill vision even had an operator inked, with Crowne Plaza Doncaster Hill the expected outcome. Although that particular project never eventuated, Doncaster Hill may now play host...

SPEC Property return to their roots atop Doncaster Hill

18 months after securing a prime development site atop Doncaster Hill, SPEC Property is on the verge of receiving approval for their latest residential project within Manningham. While they have diversified to become a citywide development presence, SPEC Property has been particularly strong within Doncaster in years gone by; Acacia Apartments, Viridian, Canvas Apartments and Madison are among the developer's work in the area to date. 9-11...

Westfield Doncaster seeks further expansion, but can it better interact with its surrounds?

Westfield owner and manager Scentre Group has sought an amendment to the Manningham planning scheme in order to allow for a sizeable expansion of Westfield Doncaster. Manningham City Council are currently considering the application for what is known as for the Manningham Planning Scheme Amendment C104. Scentre Group is seeking the right to add approximately 43,000sqm of additional gross retail lettable area and 18,000sqm of additional...

BKK Architects the latest to enter Doncaster Hill

Doncaster Hill is set to receive another substantial apartment development. 600 Doncaster Road is currently holding at Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit with a full planning permit essentially a formality. Located on a prominent site bound by Elgar Road, Elgar Court and Doncaster Road, the twelve level project sits on the crest of Doncaster Hill and will maintain unfettered views toward Melbourne's CBD. Created by BKK Architects, the project...

Doncaster Hill in construction mode

Friday marked the commencement of the latest apartment project to call Doncaster Hill home. Gardenhill has been awarded to Kew-based contractor Hacer, with the $77 million project set for completion at the turn of 2017. Gardenhill is the seventh apartment project currently under construction within Doncaster Hill, Manningham City Council's vision for an "Integrated planning approach to creating a sustainable, contemporary mixed-use centre,...

Nest the latest at Doncaster Hill

The latest entrant into the bustling Doncaster Hill apartment market has unveiled itself with Nest at the Hill due for its public launch in coming weeks. A collaboration between established Singaporean developer Sin Heng Chan and architecture firm K2LD, Nest at the Hill located at 642-654 Doncaster Road will deliver 249 apartments and four townhouses. Split between 40 one-bedroom, 180 two-bedroom and 29 three-bedroom apartments, Nest at the Hill...
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Imperial Doncaster starts construction, Sovereign Square unveiled

Announcing Imperial Doncaster 60% sold with Hacer Group to commence construction within weeks, AXF Group have simultaneously unveiled final renders for the now approved 34 level Sovereign Square project at 545 Station Street, Box Hill. At 120 metres above sea level, Doncaster Hill commands excellent views in all directions and future residents will be afforded and even greater perspective once the 10 level Imperial Doncaster development is...

Development news from Doncaster Hill

Recently Manningham City Council handed down a decision rejecting a proposed mixed-use development located at 602-630 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. The prominent corner site opposite Westfield Doncaster was to have taken a large mixed-use development designed by ITN Architects on behalf of Jaksal Pty Ltd. In its rejected form the development was to have incorporated 267 apartments over nine levels, three levels of commercial space and 565...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.