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Multiple towers given the green light within Port Phillip

Early in the year Urban Melbourne highlighted a squad of new residential towers looking to call South Melbourne home . Fast forward and the considerably lengthy backlog of residential projects at planning within City of Port Phillip is a little lighter, with a number of earlier tower applications given the go-ahead. A VCAT-issued permit for 2 Bowen Crescent was obtained by Wuzhong International last month, clearing the way for a 19 storey...

R&F Property Australia's first Melbourne project enters the starting gates

The long-dormant Kinnears site fronting Ballarat Road is all but ready to begin its transformation into one of Footscray's largest apartment-driven urban renewal projects. An onsite display suite that will cater for the multiple towers to be developed over the life of the project is now complete, and ready to be swung into action once developer R&F Property Australia launches the first phase of the project. And Kinnears' first stage looks to...

Bensons and Headland sign in at Stonnington

Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group. The quiet Prahran thoroughfare is eventually expected to be graced by the Fender Katsalidis-...

Hitting the wall on Southbank

Having heard of the importance of street setbacks and tower separation over the previous two years as part of the Government's push for better tower design outcomes, somewhat of a built form quirk is emerging on Southbank's Coventry Street. Should the recently submitted 31 Coventry Street gain approval, it would allow four towers to be built wall to wall, with the quartet each spanning approximately 20 levels. With no street or tower setbacks...

Zaha Hadid Architects land on St Kilda Road

Melbourne is in for another dose of Zaha Hadid Architects. After the renowned London-based design practice achieved approval for their first Melbourne project earlier in the year, developer UEM Sunrise has chosen the firm to spearhead their pending residential redevelopment of the former Victoria Police building at 412 St Kilda Road. The Mayfair as it has been dubbed, will be positioned as one of Melbourne's premier residential addresses. City...

Three years on, Eq. Tower tops out

Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper. According to ICD, the build is on track with the balance of apartments due to settle in April 2017. Urban Melbourne...

City of Port Phillip deal with the tall and the short of it

For differing reasons, City of Port Phillip's planning department is currently handling two highly interesting planning applications. 37-43 Park Street continues to gain height as it cycles through the planning process, with developer Milbex hoping an additional six floors can find favour with Council. 190-192 St Kilda Road on the other hand has stamped itself as one of 2016's more astute small-scale designs owing to its busy yet engaging design...

City of Melbourne field three high quality development applications

A trio of apartment projects are before City of Melbourne, all seeking the right to add to the inner north's apartment stock. Lodged during September, the trio are also looking to bring a heightened design perspective to their surrounds. First up and Piccolo Developments are seeking another statement project, with 341-347 Queensberry Street subject to a 13 storey application encompassing 59 apartments. On the back of their award-winning Upper...

Seventh heaven: Melbourne sports seven 200 metre towers under construction

Melbourne is in the unprecedented position of now having a seventh tower spanning at least 200 metres at construction. Far from its heydey of years gone by, the Carlton United Brewery site fronting Swanston and Bouverie has remained dormant since its closure during 1987. In that period a variety of proposals have filtered through for the prime site, but none were successful until developer Hengyi secured the development plot and revealed...

The changing face of Melbourne's northern CBD

It looks to be one of those instances where a single image says it all. In this case the lead image above illustrates the rapid change engulfing the northern stretch of Melbourne's CBD. During a recent visit to Hickory Group's topping out ceremony for La Trobe Tower, the scale of this change became patently evident. Given abundant coverage to date on Urban Melbourne, towering individual planning applications and rendered city models fail to...

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Development & Planning

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 07:00
After years of stagnation in the Geelong hotel sector, Victoria's second city will soon welcome a new hotel as Franzé Developments unveils its intentions to turn a Geelong CBD site into new short stay accommodation. Acquired for $7 million and spanning 2,700sqm, the site located at 44 Ryrie Street was purchased off market.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00
In January a review by former police commissioner Neil Comrie found that the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (MYJC) in Parkville was no longer fit for purpose. The facility which first opened at the site in 1955 has now reached the end of its useful life as a juvenile detention centre.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00
Comment The clock keeps ticking. And it's not going away anytime soon. I'm of course talking about land transport to and from Melbourne Airport, or more to the point our over-reliance on the road network to transport both passengers and employees to and from the airport terminals and the many businesses located nearby.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.