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Fishermans Bend

First one, now more schools on the agenda for Fishermans Bend

In a low key process held mostly over the summer break, land owners and developers have had the chance to offload their prime Fishermans Bend holdings to a blue chip buyer, with The Victorian School Building Authority, Department of Education and Training and the Fishermans Bend Taskforce jointly on the prowl for additional sites capable of accommodating further education facilities. An Expressions of Interest campaign is currently drawing to a...

Hayball's South Melbourne vertical school wins on an international scale

Those who pushed for Fishermans Bend to host a primary school will be feeling somewhat chuffed with the news that the Hayball-designed project has scored a gong at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. South Melbourne Ferrars Street Primary School as it will be known, cleaned up in the Education – Future Projects category, beating out an international field of projects to claim the prize. 10 other entrants were vying for the title,...

Planning Minister announces new controls for Fishermans Bend

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has announced new development controls for Fishermans Bend with a focus on social housing, three bedroom apartments and more commercial and community uses in certain precincts. In a media release distributed on Sunday morning, the new controls are: If buildings taller than 12 levels are proposed, the developers will be encouraged to make 6% of the total unit stock available for social housing. Similarly, in 12+...

Fishermans Bend – A best practice project for Melbourne's future

As someone who has spent much of his career in residential development, collaborating with leading architects and designers to create unique living spaces, there is no doubt in my mind that Fishermans Bend is the single most important urban renewal project of our generation. With population forecasts suggesting Melbourne will grow by roughly 95,000 people annually for the next 35 years - at the end of which we will almost double in size to 7.7...

Three years on, the new 351 Ingles Street is revealed

One of Fishermans Bend's very first planning applications continues its excruciatingly slow journey through the approvals process, with over three years having passed since its submission. Lodged during June 2013 on behalf of Belsize Nominees, 351-387 Ingles Street was at the time a hulking five-tower development encompassing near on 2,000 apartments, 1,509 car parking bays, 14,038sqm of office space, retail and public urban spaces. After a...

272-280 Normanby adds to Hayball's dominant Fishermans Bend portfolio

Another Fishermans Bend proposal has broken cover, taking Hayball as the architecture firm responsible past a noteworthy milestone. With the addition of 272-280 Normanby Road, Southbank-based Hayball now has in excess of 3,000 apartments in play across Fishermans Bend. Referencing the Urban Melbourne Project Database, 272-280 Normanby Road's 396 apartments takes Hayball's total apartment numbers for submitted projects within Fishermans Bend to 3...

MAKO make their mark in Fishermans Bend: 118 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne

A fresh presence has brought a new design perspective to Fishermans Bend in the form of a planning application for 118 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne. With the majority of the development team behind the intended 18 level tower based in New South Wales, the result is a design that distinguishes itself from the majority of the pack within the fledgling Urban Renewal Area. 118 Bertie Street represents Sydney-based MAKO Architecture's first listing...

Corten of contention: peckvonhartel's new Fishermans Bend tower in focus

The latest prospective Fishermans Bend entrant to be unveiled comes in the form of a peckvonhartel-designed 41 storey apartment tower, with a unique corten steel sculpture worked into the design. Successfully delivering projects for over 35 years, peckvonhartel are an established Melbourne presence although their forays into high-rise design are few and far between. Subject to their design is the former Laycock Son and Co. woollen mills,...

Buy this, sell that; Fishermans Bend begins to run hot

What seemed like a relative lull in activity within Fishermans Bend has been busted in recent weeks as the Urban Renewal Area experiences an intense period of development activity. Land transactions lead the way with a host of sites capable of accommodating developments of various sizes on the market. As many as a dozen sites within Fishermans Bend are currently offered for sale, signalling a spike in activity within the precinct which has seen...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 08:00
The local student accommodation market has a new provider as Blue Sky Private Real Estate and joint venture partner Goldman Sachs ramp up their Melbourne presence. Months after being formed, Atira Student Living has hit the ground running in Melbourne. Already active across the Brisbane market, Atira is planning a further 4,600 beds split between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

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.