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Richard Wynne on Fishermans Bend: we have to get urban renewal projects right

Melbourne doesn’t remain the world’s most liveable city by standing still. Just ask any overseas or interstate visitor returning to Victoria and they’ll tell you, Melbourne is ever moving and always growing. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Cranes in the sky and shovels in the ground on every street corner indicate that Melbourne is forever a moving feast, but it’s only so often we have the opportunity to truly transform the shape of our city...

Fishermans Bend draft framework released, uplift controls to drive affordable housing

A combination of mandatory and discretionary height limits, setbacks, floor area ratios, floor area uplift controls and detailed precinct plans will guide density and uses within new buildings in Fishermans Bend over the coming decades as the urban renewal area undergoes development. The draft Fishermans Bend framework released today adds more meat to the bones of the vision document which was released in September 2016. There's still a fair way...

CostaFox tackles Fishermans Bend with new proposal

Developers continue to stake their claim in Fishermans Bend, as the State Government prepares to release the draft Fishermans Bend Framework which will outline the future composition of the massive urban renewal area. CostaFox Developments has entered Fishermans Bend at an interesting juncture, lodging an application for a prime Dockland site in the shadows of the State Government announcement. Sited behind Yarra's Edge's low-rise townhouse...

Three apartment project completions make their mark

It's a very definitive time in the apartment cycle across Melbourne where major planning applications and completions are diametrically opposed. Major planning applications over the course of 2017 have been rare as hen's teeth, but the number of apartment project reaching completion is spiking as the stock sold over recent years becomes reality. Three such major projects have moved past practical completion and are now accepting residents...

Gunnersen's radical Fishermans Bend intentions in limbo?

Timber merchant Gunnersen looks to have stumbled in an initial bid to revamp its Port Melbourne headquarters into a multi-towered residential development. As City of Port Phillip tabled a less than glowing report on the proposal last week, the project's status on the State Planning Register has been adjusted to 'on hold'. A planning application for the massive 17,500sqm site was lodged during April, lasting only a handful of months until it was...

Two stand out Melbourne projects reveal their true colours

They are at either end of the size scale, yet two key Melbourne developments are beginning to show their wares. Both Australia 108 and South Melbourne Primary School have received their first exterior finishes over recent weeks, providing the passersby with a glimpse at the final product which is still some time away, particularly in the case of Australia 108. Melbourne's soon-to-be tallest tower situated on Southbank has received cladding over...

Reflections on doing it right: Alphington, Williams Landing and Fishermans Bend

Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second. Likewise, this morning's report on XO Project's...

SOUTH looks to buck a sluggish Fishermans Bend trend

Perhaps in line with the current market sentiment, the release of apartment projects within Fishermans Bend for public purchase has been sluggish at best. The recent green light for 134-142 Ferrars Street brings to 14 the number of residential projects within the Urban Melbourne Project Database which hold approval within the Urban Renewal Area, but have yet to go to sales. Put another way, these 14 projects equate to approximately 4,800...

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...

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Development & Planning

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 00:00
The tower dubbed 'Sol Invictus' may not have been conquered, but it is for sale. Long after the initial media blitz extolling the virtues of the tower, going hand in hand with an explanation of its name, the now approved 48 Moray Street has been handed to Colliers.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

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

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:00
The draft Fishermans Bend framework that was released on Saturday included an integrated transport plan that seeks to address targets such as 80% of all trips to be made by sustainable transport modes that were set out in the vision and now carried through to the draft framework.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.