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Aviation Impact on Building Development in the Melbourne CBD

Airspace regulations surrounding Essendon Airport are placing a restriction on the maximum height for high rise building developments being planned for the Melbourne central business district (CBD). The development community is fast learning the impact of these regulations and contemplating how to undertake proposed developments in light of these restrictions. By way of background, the state planning laws administered by the Department of...

Urban Melbourne and Elenberg Fraser present: A conversation on PANS-OPS

Who better than the firm responsible for the majority of Melbourne's current crop of tall towers to host an evening of discussion on and surrounding the matter. To mark Elenberg Fraser's move to their new CBD offices, the avant-garde architecture firm will host an event next Wednesday evening, in conjunction with Urban Melbourne. The central discussion topic will be the PANS-OPS height ceiling and its implications for Melbourne. Also subject to...

Flight paths and tall buildings in Melbourne explained

Earlier this year issues regarding the impact that flights paths around Melbourne's airports and development of tall buildings in central Melbourne were raised following the then approval of Australia 108 tower which at 388 metres high would have been the tallest building in Melbourne and the Southern Hemisphere. Since this issue was initially raised there has been a lot of confusion and misunderstanding in relation to how airspace restrictions...

Matthew Guy on the MPA, Transport advice and PANS-OPS

As the first in a series of articles revolving around an interview held with State Planning Minister Matthew Guy in the wake of the Plan Melbourne strategy release, today's article centres around the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) which was similarly launched last week; as a successor to the Growth Areas Authority . Whilst still in its infancy, the Metropolitan Planning Authority's website carries the following description: The MPA has...

Development & Planning

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

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).