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Port Melbourne's long running Waterfront Place saga enters a new phase

The planning equivalent of a 'Days of our Lives' episode may be on the verge of a development resolution. Action Group Australia's very long and public bid to redevelop a prime slice of land opposite Station Pier has entered its latest phase, with plans now on display for a new design seeking grace the defunct site. Since development plans for 1-7 Waterfront Place first surfaced early this decade, it has been subject to a local resident backlash...

New applications roll into City of Port Phillip

Continuing the focus on City of Port Phillip this week, the municipality's planning department is currently occupied with a cluster of medium-sized planning applications currently going through the approvals process. Following on from yesterday's profile of K1 Union Street , five further planning applications are highlighted below, representing the next wave of apartment developments in the municipality. 228 Dorcas Street & 10-14 Charles...

All on my lonesome > 101 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne

The first of what will eventually be many high-density planning applications is under assessment within Wirraway, one of four precincts that constitutes the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA). Lodged for assessment mid year, the planning application has surfaced and reveals a 12 level tower intent on defining itself as an early landmark within the area. In close proximity to the West Gate Freeway, 101 Salmon Street is well west of any...

Gateway meets gateway meets gateway in Port Melbourne

Urban Melbourne aren't averse to providing a shout out to firms who design intriguing residential buildings, albeit conceptual ones. Recently a design by South Melbourne firm Burton & Carter crossed our desks and we were mighty impressed. The architect's summary of the gateway project designed for Port Melbourne is as follows: The Eminence is a proposed 35 storey residential tower in the bay side area of Port Melbourne. The parametric design...

Habitech Systems Port Melbourne Open Day

A rare opportunity for the general public to have a 'touch and feel' session at one of Habitech Systems recently completed projects is presenting itself tomorrow. Where the word 'prefabrication' conjures up images of temporary 1960s school buildings, the word in the 21st century realistically equates to architectural and construction innovation. Sometimes innovation and prefabricated technologies are a bit unknown to the general public and this...

Blockhead Concept - Pier-ing into the future

A lot has happened since my last concept article ( This Little Piggy went to Market (on his fixie) ): Kevin Rudd is now Prime Minister, Australia has lost The Ashes but is fighting for respect, The Maroons are State of Origin champions and Hawthorn lost to Geelong while Essendon has run out of steam yet again. All the while I've been lying in bed at night thinking about Station Pier, Port Melbourne. This article forms part of a series of...

Port Melbourne style

Somewhat sleepy and neglected for too long, Port Melbourne has over the last fifteen years transformed itself into one of Melbourne's premier suburbs. The steady infiltration of apartment living kicked off with Beacon Cove and the likes of the converted Sandridge Bay Towers, and has shown few signs of abating ever since. In close proximity the the CBD and holding waterfront views, the area seemed destined to become a high-end residential enclave...

Urban Melbourne's Top 5 Picks: Planning Assessment July 2013

The editor's picks from the project database: Planning Assessment status, July 2013. See our top five picks for Under Construction in June 2013 . 5. 204-210 Ballarat Road, Maidstone Why do we like it? Maidstone/Braybrook/Sunshine is the possibly one of the last regions of Melbourne the average Joe would think apartments would have a place. But when you see a project like this pop up, you have to sit up and take notice. 5 levels and on a major...

Development & Planning

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 00:00
The proposed changes to the residential zone controls put forward by the Victorian State Government via Amendment VC110 were gazetted on Tuesday. While the amendments effect the General Residential Zone (GRZ), Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ ) it’s the removal of the two-lot subdivision restriction in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) that is perhaps most notable, effectively increasing development potential in the NRZ.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 00:00
Katrina Raynor , University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years .

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 00:00
The State Library of Victoria is set to undergo further transformation as part of the library's $88.1 million 2020 Vision. The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall and a number of gallery spaces are set to be reopened to the public as multi-functional spaces after many years behind closed doors.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.