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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...
Image © Buchan Group

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...

Charge it up - Decongesting The Hoddle Grid

One of the best things about working at an insurance company in the city was how close it was to Southern Cross Station - about 60 seconds. As my train trip was only 2 stops away, it meant I could get to work in less than 1/2 hour - door to door. I thought that was pretty good - there's nothing like an extra 30 minutes sleep on a cold, dark winter morning. My colleague whom I sat next to would regularly turn up late, cursing and blaming the...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:00
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.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:00
The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00
The notion of Melbourne becoming a 20-minute City has been explored heavily in recent times. Seeking to provide Melburnians with the ability to 'live locally', the 20-minute City, in essence, strives to provide people with the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20-minute walk, cycle or local public transport trip of their home.