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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...

Two major residential projects receive approval

Two highly prominent locations are now free to host substantial residential buildings after receiving planning approval in recent days. VCAT has green-lighted St Kilda's tallest development to date at 8-12 Punt Road while Darebin City Council were satisfied with the merits of what is set to become Reservoir's biggest apartment development at 830 Plenty Road. 8-12 Punt Road, which is also referred to as One St Kilda Junction first appeared on...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

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, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

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.