Warren and Mahoney add to Smith Street's changing face

The gradual transition of Smith Street's northern reaches to a higher density built form has seen another project join the queue. Developer GURNER will know at the earliest by late next month whether its bid to transform Collingwood's 368-374 Smith Street has been successful. Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the residential development spans 9 storeys and sits behind a quartet of partially retained heritage buildings. For Warren and Mahoney, the...

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...

GURNER's affinity with Yarra continues

Developer GURNER continues to rack up apartment projects within City of Yarra, with the latest an intended apartment development at 23-33 Johnston Street, Collingwood. Although active across many of Melbourne's inner city suburbs, GURNER continues to cherry pick sites across City of Yarra, with the municipality a honey hole for the Prahran-based outfit. GURNER has also maintained its penchant for well-regarded architecture firms, utilising COX...

Doubling up on Queens Parade as Gurner seeks approval for 476 dwellings

Little more than a week after unveiling plans for Queens Parade's first high-rise , Urban Melbourne can report on a second intended tower expected to grace the thoroughfare. Prevalent local developer Gurner has gone to planning with a substantial proposal for 26-56 Queens Parade, seeking approval for a 16 level apartment tower over what is now a low-rise commercial premises. 476 dwellings are called for over the 8,500sqm site which is close to...

GURNER's 1 Warde Street adds to Joseph Road Precinct's momentum

White-hot developer GURNER has continued Footscray's apartment march by gaining approval for a twin tower development capable of accommodating between 350-380 apartments. Estimated at over $200 million in value, 1 Warde Street is another joint effort between GURNER and the irrepressible Elenberg Fraser. Submitted for assessment during July 2012, the project which sits within Footscray's Joseph Road Precinct has been subject to a very lengthy...

Going Going Gurner! 28 Stanley Street and minimum apartment guidelines

Tim Gurner may well need to be referred to as the man with the golden touch soon enough as another of his development firm's projects has sold out almost immediately. GURNER had little trouble in finding buyers for all apartments within 28 Stanley Street , reaching 100 percent sales within 48 hours. Registrations of interest were taken prior to the project's launch, resulting in a bias toward owner occupier purchasers intent on securing an...

Developer in focus: Urban Inc.

In an impudent moment there was a temptation to name this article '50 shades of Urban Inc.' for the development firm has borne out a number of affiliate companies, linked back to the burgeoning parent in some manner. Presented with the opportunity to speak with Urban Inc. Executive Director Danny Ciarma, Urban Melbourne took to opportunity to clarify some grey areas and see what the future holds for the dynamic Melbourne developer. And Urban Inc...

Development & Planning

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00
As indicated in Urban Melbourne's article on commercial development , site works have commenced on the Two Melbourne Quarter site, which forms part of the greater Melbourne Quarter development being delivered by Lendlease within the Docklands precinct. This has coincided with Lendlease securing EnergyAustralia as the anchor tenant for Two Melbourne Quarter and signing a development agreement to commence construction in earnest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment