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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...

Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

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).