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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...

Little Lonsdale big on construction

Little Lonsdale Street wouldn't immediately be considered Melbourne's most glamorous thoroughfare, but for the time being at least the street which spans the length of the CBD is attracting more than its fair share of high-end development and construction value. Billions of dollars in fact, as seven major projects at various stages of construction are gradually changing the feel and composition of Little Lonsdale Street. The majority of these...

The May CBD development wrap

May 2017 has thus far brought with it a string of cold mornings and a rash of news relating to various developments across Melbourne's CBD. On the planning front, VCAT have delivered good news to interests seeking to turn the historic Phillips Shirts building at 274-278 Little Lonsdale Street into a substantial tower. Originally planned as a 59-storey residential tower, the design has been substantially clipped to approximately 100 metres in...
386 William Street Hero shot © Elenberg Fraser

Walking the Walk > 386-412 William Street, Melbourne

First covered by Urban Melbourne nearly a year ago, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee has resolved to provide conditional support for the revised scheme at 386-412 William Street, currently being considered by DTPLI. The main driver behind the amended proposal was to address concerns raised by City of Melbourne and DTPLI relating to the initial design of the scheme and overshadowing of Flagstaff Gardens. Architect Elenberg...

St. Collins Lane nears construction

Australia on Collins has taken on a different complexion of late as tenants continue to move out in preparation for the centre's considerable redevelopment and ultimate rebirth as St. Collins Lane. Capitalising on a gaggle of lease expiries while negotiating early lease terminations with others, centre operator LaSalle Investment Management finds itself with a unique asset that now resembles more of a ghost town than retail hub. The centre's...
97 Franklin Street - not your typical skyscraper.

A Point of Difference > 97 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Hassell is determined to design an apartment building with a "point of difference". The proposed development which first appeared two months ago, would see a two-storey rendered brick building demolished and replaced with a 62-storey tower rising to a height of 212.5m. 97 Franklin joins an increasing number of giants on the northern CBD, including Lighthouse and Victoria One.

St. Collins Lane vies for a piece of the luxury market

In a retail 'arms race' of sorts to be left behind is to be vulnerable at present, so with that in mind interests controlling Australia on Collins announced last week that the venerable Melbourne address will be vacated next month in preparation for a new retail experience. Whilst fellow CBD retail venues such as GPO, Emporium and The Strand have progressively unveiled new redevelopments of late, Australia on Collins will rebirth as St. Collins...

97 Franklin Street simply mind boggling

Days after being submitted for approval to state planning body DTPLI, the first image of what is believed to be the current design for 97 Franklin Street within Melbourne's northern CBD has surfaced. ML Traffic Engineers have recently added the below render of the mind boggling, almost whimsical mixed-use tower of near 200 metres to their website. ML Traffic Engineers also anticipate a construction cost of approximately $200 million for the 60...
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New proposals seek to join the 200m club

Many readers would recall an article published early December titled ' Are 200m residential towers the new norm for Melbourne? ' in which Urban Melbourne touched upon fourteen towers aiming to take their place in the city's burgeoning skyline. From planning assessment to construction fourteen is a sizeable number, yet such is the dynamic state of Melbourne's apartment market coupled with the willingness of Asian-backed developers, Urban...

Talking the talk > 386-412 William Street, Melbourne

It has of late almost become the Elenberg Fraser show on Urban Melbourne, such is the quantity and quality of designs the ubiquitous architecture firm have produced during 2013. With a multitude of projects spearheaded by Elenberg Fraser either approved or before the relevant body seeking approval, none may be quite as impressive as 386-412 William Street, a project which 'talks' to its surrounds in a diverse manner that few other contemporary...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.