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Quality development begins at street level

We get really obsessed with height - we can have great towers and bad towers, we need to shift the discussion more toward the quality of development. Leanne Hodyl, IMPA's 'City in Crisis?' forum This interesting quote appeared in Alastair's article on Monday, which delved into who should maintain planning authority over Melbourne. The notion of shifting focus more toward quality of development rather than height is a noble one, but it's simply...

Hiap Hoe supersize their 380 Lonsdale Street development

Hiap Hoe have reinforced the trend of Asian-based developers proposing large-scale mixed-use developments within the City of Melbourne. Having purchased 380 Lonsdale Street during 2013 , the developer has turned to the ubiquitous Elenberg Fraser to deliver a new scheme. Superseding an approved single 47 storey tower design delivered by Spowers for the previous owner, Elenberg Fraser have increased height, apartment yield, included a hotel and...

I Spy... new planning applications

What better place to start than with a glimpse of Elenberg Fraser's most recent planning application at 248-280 Sturt Street, Southbank as seen above. Designed for property stalwart Hudson Conway, The building form consists of two dominant floor plates that are connected by a transitional twist in the building. With its incredible form and monochromatic adaptive lighting, the 120 metre residential tower is more at home in a sci fi landscape...

5000 new hotel rooms for Melbourne

News reports have flowed thick and fast of late detailing Melbourne's robust hotel sector. Recent AFR articles show hotel occupancy rates have increased near 4% year on year, investors and operators hold bullish sentiments for the future while Melbourne maintains the lowest national major city room rate averaging $182 which ties in with affordability. Via this article Deloitte suggests "In Melbourne, demand for rooms is forecast to outstrip new...

Hiap Hoe! Let's Go!

Melbourne finds itself in the midst of a development site buy-up unlike any the city has has experienced in the past. Last week, news came to light about Singaporean developer, Hiap Hoe, purchasing not one but two strategic properties in Melbourne’s CBD which adds to their recent purchase of MAB’s development site located at 6-22 Pearl River Road in NewQuay only two months ago. Last week initial announcement specified that Hiap Hoe purchased 380...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 00:00
Hoardings advertising Airport West's first high density apartment project have been removed, as the site heads back to planning with the intention of becoming the suburb's first high-rise development. Dubbed Alfa Apartments to date, the build would have seen retail tenancies and 50 plus apartments over five levels, on the corner of Matthews Avenue and Webb Road.

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).