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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

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 07:00
After years of inactivity and stalled projects, Pentridge's rebirth is gathering momentum, headlined by a proposed all-silver tower put forward by Shayher Group and Cox Architecture. After Shayher Group's announcement last year that TFE Hotels was secured as operator of an onsite Adina Apartment Hotel complex , the intended redevelopment has since been lodged with planning authorities, with the expected outcome a new 18 storey tower.

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

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

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).