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Epping

Two significant suburban projects break ground

Early works have commenced on two suburban Melbourne projects that promise to reshape their respective surrounds. A precursor to construction proper, early works for both 62 Wests Road Maribyrnong and 719 High Street Epping are underway, with both developments set to comfortably become the tallest towers in their respective suburbs. These new suburban high points will also further expand the grip of apartment living into relatively untapped...

Epping shapes as a high density haven

Spurred on by the freshly complete $600 million Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market development, Epping which is 22 kilometres due north of Melbourne's CBD is in the infancy of a push toward higher density living. Designated as an Activity Centre during March, Epping is now expected to host an increased number of larger mixed-use projects. With a number of principally residential projects gaining approval of late, the momentum toward...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

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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Transport & Design

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).