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A look inside Noir as the project races toward completion

South Yarra's latest residential addition is rapidly approaching completion, and to mark the occasion Urban Melbourne was guided through Noir by developer Dahua Group. Under the guidance of head contractor Hacer Group, Noir's construction has moved at breakneck speed, so much so Dahua Group asserts it has risen in record-breaking time. The project, on Garden Street, has advanced from its ground level slab to completion in only eight months. Noir...

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

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

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.