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Mammoth Empire seeks approval for a third Melbourne development

The successful relationship between developer, architect and development/project manager rolls on with the emergence of plans for 15-27 Wreckyn Street. With Mammoth Empire Holdings securing the site post an expression of interest campaign dating back to July 2014 which was handled by CBRE City Sales, plans for the North Melbourne site have been lodged two years later. Called for over the 2,271sqm are 191 dwellings, by way of apartments and a...

The CBD's tallest building officially begins construction

A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday officially kicked off proceedings for works on Aurora Melbourne Central which will in time become the tallest building within the CBD. Developer UEM Sunrise's CEO and COO Commercial were in attendance, as were representatives from the project's architects Elenberg Fraser, head contractor Probuild and project manager PDS Group. Hosted on level 5 of the soon to be demolished car park structure onsite, the event...

Quality development begins at street level

We get really obsessed with height - we can have great towers and bad towers, we need to shift the discussion more toward the quality of development. Leanne Hodyl, IMPA's 'City in Crisis?' forum This interesting quote appeared in Alastair's article on Monday, which delved into who should maintain planning authority over Melbourne. The notion of shifting focus more toward quality of development rather than height is a noble one, but it's simply...

The answer becomes Aurora Melbourne Central upon approval

Project manager PDS Group yesterday announced that one of Melbourne's largest residential buildings has been given the green light to proceed. 224-252 La Trobe Street Melbourne will now head to sales under the moniker Aurora Melbourne Central. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the scheme was initially referred to as " The Answer " within early planning documents, relating to the all-encompassing nature of the design. Changes ensued in line with...

MY80: a mammoth success for PDS Group

PDS Group believe it to be the only relationship of its kind and scale in existence within the Australian property development sphere. Following Malaysian developer Mammoth Empire's entrance into the local market, they promptly locked away the Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary property firm to cover all aspects of their local venture. PDS Group Managing Director Andrew Fortey explained that all aspects literally means all aspects - from solely...
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Development & Planning

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 00:00
During July, Urban Melbourne reported on City of Melbourne's positive response to Salta Properties' bid to have a skyscraper approved at 63 Exhibition Street. Last week a permit for the mixed-use, Bates Smart-designed tower was granted by the Minister for Planning, concluding a lengthy three-year stint at planning for the application.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:00
No doubt about it, the emerging build-to-rent model has the property media in a tizz at the moment. What may in part become a solution to the housing and rental affordability dilemma has garnered immense media attention of late.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00
Andréanne Doyon , RMIT University ; Joe Hurley , RMIT University ; Susie Moloney , RMIT University , and Trivess Moore , RMIT University Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities. You will find environmental sustainability goals and objectives in government strategy documents.

Sustainability & Environment

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:00
The recent BDAV Building Design Awards once more showcased the talents and expertise of Victoria's building designers. 2017 was the 22nd year of the BDAV Design Awards, which aims to "profile excellence in building design, as well as profiling the importance of the building design profession to both the building industry and to the broader community." One project that ticked the boxes was Green Edge.