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K7 Developments moves on Abbotsford; Collingwood eyes another commercial development

A freshly advertised planning application with City of Yarra has shown K7 Developments to be the purchaser last year of an already approved development site at 288-296 Johnston Street. Rather than proceed with the previous Cox Architecture-designed scheme, K7 Developments have reworked the project, effectively looking to double the apartment yield. Plus Architecture have been engaged to deliver the new design. The project is diagonally opposite...

Three apartment project completions make their mark

It's a very definitive time in the apartment cycle across Melbourne where major planning applications and completions are diametrically opposed. Major planning applications over the course of 2017 have been rare as hen's teeth, but the number of apartment project reaching completion is spiking as the stock sold over recent years becomes reality. Three such major projects have moved past practical completion and are now accepting residents...

Doncaster Hill's next major apartment project verges on approval

A final planning decision looms next week for Doncaster Hill's latest apartment development. Already holding the consent of Council planners, a positive result at next week's Council Meeting will see 666 Doncaster Road add to the measured flow of high-density residential projects atop the hill. In their report, Council planners have recommended that the Plus Architecture-designed scheme be approved, subject to conditions. Now home to a low-rise...

West Melbourne latest application adds to the suburb's development appeal

West Melbourne's increasing rate of densification will in time subsume another substantial site, with the expansive Rose Furniture building spanning 512-544 Spencer Street earmarked for redevelopment. Latest to capitalise on the area's march toward high density living are project partners Abacus Property Group, Lechte Corporation and Crema Constructions. 512-544 Spencer Street is the third current Melbourne apartment development for the team...

Multiple towers given the green light within Port Phillip

Early in the year Urban Melbourne highlighted a squad of new residential towers looking to call South Melbourne home . Fast forward and the considerably lengthy backlog of residential projects at planning within City of Port Phillip is a little lighter, with a number of earlier tower applications given the go-ahead. A VCAT-issued permit for 2 Bowen Crescent was obtained by Wuzhong International last month, clearing the way for a 19 storey...

Arden Precinct receives a construction boost

It may still be in its infancy, but the emerging Arden Urban Renewal Precinct has scored its most substantial construction project to date, with Hickory Group winning the Arden Gardens build contract. The sizeable urban renewal area which is still at master planning has been earmarked for significant growth over the next 30 years. Arden Gardens will rise over Macaulay Road, with secondary frontages to Canning Street and Vaughan Terrace. It is...

The long-dormant 31 Queens Road heads to planning

Queens Road is likely to lose one of two major vacant development sites in the near future, with 31 Queens Road now resting with City of Port Phillip's planning department. Alongside a site adjoining Bayview Eden Melbourne which was once subject to a hotel proposal, 31 Queens Road is one of the two 'missing teeth' detracting from the thoroughfare which is itself undergoing a construction spurt. Queens Road Projects Pty Ltd is the entity looking...

Perri Projects diversify into the hotel sector

South Melbourne is poised to host a new hotel on the corner of Moray and Dorcas Street, with developer Perri Projects planning to launch the luxury development. Having gained a footprint onsite during 2005, subsequent land purchases were made allowing Perri Projects to push ahead with the hotel scheme, which entered planning mid last year. With approval in place, Perri Projects are now ramping up their intentions for the site to coincide with a...

City of Melbourne field three high quality development applications

A trio of apartment projects are before City of Melbourne, all seeking the right to add to the inner north's apartment stock. Lodged during September, the trio are also looking to bring a heightened design perspective to their surrounds. First up and Piccolo Developments are seeking another statement project, with 341-347 Queensberry Street subject to a 13 storey application encompassing 59 apartments. On the back of their award-winning Upper...

Essendon Station fast becoming a magnet for apartment developments

Essendon Station is making a good fist of attracting its fair share of apartment developments. Much like the plethora of apartment projects sprouting up along the Tram 59 route which slices through Essendon/Essendon North, the emergence of multiple apartment projects surrounding Essendon Station speaks to the success of the suburb in attracting new investment and people willing to call the suburb home. With the mass of investment within Essendon...


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