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Lendlease forges ahead with Melbourne Quarter

Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter development, located within the Batman's Hill precinct of Melbourne's Docklands is aspiring to be a sustainable new city neighbourhood that will cater for 3,000 future residents in approximately 1,690 dwellings across three towers. The three residential towers have been designed by Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects. The first residential building, known as East Tower, will feature a wide...

Docklands update June 2016: Victoria Harbour

Following on from last week's Docklands construction update on NewQuay and Harbour Town , is an update on the Victoria Harbour precinct being delivered by Lend Lease. Construction has been constant on the peninsula site, just as one project is finishes another begins. At the moment construction is centred largely to the west with a series of large scale residential buildings at various stages of their construction programmes. The built form of...

Lend Lease's Melbourne Quarter granted City of Melbourne support

City of Melbourne's Future (Planning) Committee convened last week to consider the merits of the tri-tower residential development that forms part of developer Lend Lease's $1.9 billion Melbourne Quarter development fronting Collins Street. The Committee resolved to provide conditional support for the Fender Katsalidis-designed towers, with final approval from Planning Minister Richard Wynne likely to follow as the development does not...

Planning Application: 614-666 Flinders Street, Docklands

Forming the Flinders Street Neighbourhood of Lend Lease's $1.5 billion Melbourne Quarter development at Batman's Hill, an application is being assessed for three Fender Katsalidis-designed towers delivering 1,644 apartments at 614-666 Flinders Street. Located within Docklands, Melbourne Quarter is a key urban infill location opposite Southern Cross Station, with frontages to Collins Street, Flinders Street, Aurora Lane and Wurundjeri Way. The...

Six premier residential developments jostle for the spotlight

In addition to news of a new iconic design for 447 Collins Street , last week also yielded additional information on a handful of other sizeable Melbourne residential developments. Spanning four separate suburbs, the six proposals are all substantial towers with the smallest containing some 321 dwellings. All bar one of the six have been championed by established property players which maintain a national presence, and combined are capable of...

Now and then: Victoria Harbour during 2015 and 2005

The pace of construction activity continues to quicken at Victoria Harbour as Lend Lease cashes in on the seemingly endless demand for apartments. Their Docklands precinct currently sees seven residential towers at various stages of construction, a far cry from the solitary project on the radar during 2005. Add a number of ongoing infrastructure and civic projects within the precinct and the level of development activity within the waterside hub...

A Sister Act: 839-899 Collins Street, Victoria Harbour

When the first images of 889 Collins Street surfaced , eagle-eyed readers would have noticed a second identical set of towers in the background. Having initially brushed it off as artistic license to populate a render I was surprised to learn that the development would in fact consist of four overall towers or two sets of twin towers along the north bank of Victoria Harbour. Aerial of sites within Victoria Harbour. © City of Melbourne Designed...

Green Chemical Futures another Lyons marvel

Another nod to the unique talents of Lyons Architecture opened its doors during the early stages of 2015. Monash University's Clayton campus is home to Green Chemical Futures, a multi-level complex dedicated toward academic and industrial research within the chemicals sector. A culmination of a Federal Government initiative that began during 2000, Green Chemical Futures is the latest Lyons-designed building to challenge conventional design. With...

889 Collins Street next for Lend Lease's Victoria Harbour?

The next installment of Lend Lease's Victoria Harbour precinct appears to be near with a clutch of images online prior to the project heading through the necessary channels. Eagle-eyed Urban Melbourne member Nicholas Harrison unearthed the images of 889 Collins Street which have appeared on a handful of Chinese property websites. It must be said Urban Melbourne's grasp of Chinese is not exactly up to scratch so we're not inferring the apartments...

The Long and the Short of it: C1 & C2 Batman's Hill

Last month the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne committee resolved to provide conditional support for Lend Lease's C1 & C2 commercial development at Batman's Hill within Docklands. Located at 695 Collins Street between Media House and Collins Square, the development consists of two mid scale commercial buildings of 11 and 12-storeys respectively. The two buildings are separated by a north-south pedestrian thoroughfare to be called Market...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 08:00
Cbus Property's announcement prior to Christmas that it had signed a third tenant for its $1 billion Collins Arch project takes the amount of floor area leased to 20,000sqm or just over 40%. Australian law firm Gadens has committed to 5,000sqm of space over levels 11-13, equating to just over 10 per cent of the 49,000 square meters available.

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).