Maribyrnong achieves a number of significant development milestones

Maribyrnong is increasingly taking some of Footscray's limelight in terms of development activity throughout Melbourne's western suburbs, which flows all the way to the creation of a new 5 star hotel. Edgewater Estate within Maribyrnong is clear to host the suburbs first high-end hotel. Late last year Council voted in favour of a new eight-storey hotel and apartment extension above the stalled Club Edgewater project at 31 Edgewater Boulevard...

Novotel and Ibis earmarked for Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport owner Asia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) is facilitating a new hotel development on airport land that will see two new operators take up a combined 464 suites. In documents that are available for public viewing , APAC has identified Novotel and Ibis as likely operators of the 4-4.5-star hotels. If this is indeed the case, it would be the second time that parent company AccorHotels has chosen the dual brand model in...

Capital Alliance and DKO Architecture showcase Docklands and prepare Fishermans Bend

Capital Alliance is ramping up exposure of its Docklands development prior to the developer's formal launch of the residential component of the project. The Docklands Residences will share the DKO Architecture-designed tower with a new Marriott hotel; the first to be built in Australia in 20 years. 106 apartments are included above 200 five star Marriott hotel rooms, located across 6 levels on the southern side of the 17 level building...

Marriott International scopes a new West Melbourne address

Hospitality company Marriott International is moving closer to securing a new West Melbourne hotel presence. Developer Ousia Properties Pty Ltd submitted during December revised plans for its development site at 50-56 Batman Street, with "the proposed amendments generally required due to the specific design and operational needs of the future hotel operator (The Marriott), which has only been confirmed recently following the grant of the permit...

Synott Street adds further weight to Werribee's transformation

Hot on the heels of news that Holiday Inn will anchor Werribee's tallest proposed development, the application for 22-26 Synnot Street has gone to advertising. At over 42 metres in height and spread across a 2,567 square metre site the project is Werribee's largest, and accounts for the last of a trio of catalyst sites earmarked by Wyndham City Council as perfect for urban renewal. Burbank is moving ahead with the Riverbend site whilst Pelligra...

South Yarra's fourth hotel in development unveiled

Apartments have seemingly taken a back seat in South Yarra as developers look to cash in on Melbourne's buoyant hotel sector. Latest to the trend is LK Property Group who are seeking to usurp their already approved residential tower scheme on Claremont Street with a 294-room hotel tower. If successful 35-41 Claremont Street would join three other prospective hotels within South Yarra, which combined could add as many as 711 new hotel suites to...

Jackalope's ethereal entrance into the CBD hotel sector

The Jackalope Group is eyeing its first inner city hotel at 175-181 Flinders Lane. Following on from Jackalope Mornington Peninsula which currently holds a swag domestic and international awards, the group is looking to rebirth the Maria George building on Flinders Lane. Headed by Melbourne-based entrepreneur Louis Li, "The Jackalope Group champions a conceptual approach to art, design, dining, and storytelling, delivering a delicate interplay...

Marriott confirmed for Docklands as Malvern scores its own substantial hotel project

Marriott International's long held Docklands aspirations have been confirmed on the back of developer Capital Alliance gaining approval for a mixed-use development last week. The hotel operator will absorb 200 hotel suites within the DKO Architecture-designed scheme at 3-43 Waterfront Way. 110 apartments account for the balance of the development, with the building to be crowned by a publicly accessible infinity pool and bar/dining facilities...

A decade on, Doncaster may finally host a luxury hotel

It's been a long time coming, but Doncaster Hill may finally receive a hotel. As far back as 2006 Manningham Council sought to facilitate a luxury hotel in the area. A nine story, 140-suite hotel which was to be constructed at 682 Doncaster Road as part of the Doncaster Hill vision even had an operator inked, with Crowne Plaza Doncaster Hill the expected outcome. Although that particular project never eventuated, Doncaster Hill may now play host...

Key Docklands and St Kilda Road projects set for CoM's blessing

City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee will sit again tonight, assessing the merits of two major developments at planning. 3-43 Waterfront Way within Docklands and 493-495 St Kilda Road are on the agenda, with both projects expected to gain the nod from City of Melbourne. For 3-43 Waterfront Way the planning process has been longer than hoped for after developer Capital Alliance failed to win over planning authorities with initial plans...


Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:45
Aged care provider Benetas is approaching an outcome for its Doncaster Road residential aged care and retirement village facility. Next week Manningham City Council will provide judgement on the development which in part reaches eight levels. Council internal planners are recommending that the application be supported, subject to conditions, but for the most the built form has been green lighted.

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