Two residential projects seek their spot on Hawthorn's Burwood Road

On of Hawthorn's more peculiar buildings may well be replaced by a new tower with 393-397 Burwood Road subject to a planning application. Expected to make way for a new apartment building is the incumbent low-rise and architecturally unique commercial building onsite. Although not carrying heritage significance - that is reserved for properties elsewhere along Burwood Road - the current structure does provide a design point of difference along...

Hawthorn's Queens Avenue notches its sixth current apartment project

Hawthorn's Queens Avenue is emerging as an apartment hot spot of sorts, as developers realise the worth of converting the light industrial and commercial strip into a higher density apartment enclave. Running parallel to Burwood Road, Queens Avenue now has six apartment developments in progress. The latest to emerge via City of Boroondara is 21-27 Queens Avenue which is seeking to add a further 66 apartments within a 9-storey building. Leinard...

OpenCorp enters Melbourne's apartment market with two projects

The recent news of local developer OpenCorp's acquisition of a Hawthorn East development site coincides with the firm's push into Melbourne's apartment sector, as evidenced by another upcoming project slated for Ivanhoe. With a presence spanning three states and in excess of $500 million in development nationally, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with OpenCorp Director Matthew Lewison regarding their their new direction into Melbourne's inner-city...

Dahua Group and RotheLowman look to impress as Hawthorn marches on

The Hawthorn/Hawthorn East duo continue to bubble along as apartment hotspots with a raft of fresh planning applications before City of Boroondara. Leading the next wave of apartment projects for the popular postcodes is a sleek application headed by Shanghai-based Dahua Group. Under affiliate Dahua Australia, the leading Chinese developer is pursuing its second sizeable Melbourne apartment project in the form of a 356 dwellings spread over a 12...

Manors Gate Group launches Hawthorn Club

First established in 2012, boutique premium developer Manors Gate Group has built its reputation through its experience in developing luxury homes in areas such as Toorak, Balwyn and Hawthorn. The strategy of developing in inner-suburban areas has led to the natural evolution of the business to now deliver its first multi-residential development in Hawthorn with the launch of Hawthorn Club. Located on the former Hawthorn Club site from which the...

ICD Property, ANGLE and Buxton Group launch Maple Hawthorn

Valued at $30 million, Maple Hawthorn is a freshly launched residential project located at 121 Power Street Hawthorn. A joint collaboration between ICD Property , ANGLE and Buxton Group , Maple was officially launched last week at the onsite display suite. The 6-storey building comprises 51 apartments - 24 x one, 24 x two and 3 x three-bedroom - and has been designed by Stokes Architects with interiors firm Studio You and Me plus landscape...

Hawthorn in construction mode

A little over a year ago Urban Melbourne ran a piece on Hawthorn, highlighting the increased number of apartment developments aiming to begin construction, with a high concentration around Burwood Road. Fast forward to earlier this week and the latest crane was erected in the area, marking Hawthorn and Hawthorn East as apartment hotspots. Since the August 2013 article Urban Melbourne has tracked 492 apartments through to completion within...

Hawthorn apartment market: the quiet achiever

A stone's throw from the sacred cow that is Camberwell, a subtle yet concerted change has taken effect over both Hawthorn and Hawthorn East. While all three suburbs fall within the city of Boroondara, Camberwell remains staunch in its opposition to any development with the likes of Geoffrey Rush and Barry Humphries leading the charge, with the failed Camberwell Station development firmly in mind. Both Hawthorn and Hawthorn East have in recent...

Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:00
After a brief stint during summer, the City of Melbourne's Elizabeth Street pop-up park will close on 24 March to allow for private development works at Riverview House with the Council postponing the permanent upgrade of the area to create new public space, now due to commence in 2019.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment