OpenCorp relaunches development business as Equire

The residential property development arm of OpenCorp has been relaunched as a standalone entity under the new name Equire, with almost $500 million of national projects in the pipeline,. Established in 2006, OpenCorp has grown to include five divisions offering investment advice, property management, finance broking, funds management and property development services. Equire's most recent acquisition was a 1,400 sqm square metre site in Ivanhoe...

Profiling OpenCorp's Eastside Village development

On the occasion of OpenCorp's launch of their Eastside Village apartment development, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with the group's Director Allister Lewison regarding the design merits of the Hawthorn East project. Teaming with architects Rothelowman and interior designer Fiona Lynch, Eastside Village has been put forward as an apartment development designed to cater for the particular market in which it finds itself in. According to Allister...

OpenCorp enters Melbourne's apartment market with two projects

The recent news of local developer OpenCorp's acquisition of a Hawthorn East development site coincides with the firm's push into Melbourne's apartment sector, as evidenced by another upcoming project slated for Ivanhoe. With a presence spanning three states and in excess of $500 million in development nationally, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with OpenCorp Director Matthew Lewison regarding their their new direction into Melbourne's inner-city...

Development & Planning

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 00:00
As reported in The Age late last month speculation is growing that developer Cbus Property is leading the charge to acquire a combined development site at 140-150 Queen Street and 27 McKillop Street. This would follow what would appear to be a pre-emptive purchase of a neighbouring site at 423 Bourke Street, which an 11-storey office block currently occupies.

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

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 17:00
Comment There's much to admire about Rodney Maddock's advocacy piece in The Conversation - ' Our growing big cities need new centres of employment - here's Melbourne's chance ' - the three projects he advocates for have been in the public domain for quite a while now.

Sustainability & Environment