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Better Apartments? Says who?

The recent release of the State Government's discussion paper has provoked a strong response from the industry and here on Urban Melbourne. Rather than focusing on a general overview of the Better Apartments discussion paper and the questions it raises, I have instead decided to focus on one particular aspect of the debate: apartment sizes. There would appear to be a number of negative connotations generally associated with smaller apartments...
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Harwyn's designer pods for creation and recreation

Urban Melbourne recently had a chat with Harwyn Managing Director Jason Fremder about their prefabricated studio pods and the company's ambitions and aspirations for the future. Laurence Dragomir: What were some of the driving factors in the development of the Harwyn pods? What made you decide there was a niche or gap in the market? Jason Fremder: I came to the conclusion that there was a need for a compact professional space combined with...

Hickory expands its Brooklyn manufacturing site

The Hickory Group announced plans to expand its Brooklyn manufacturing site to ramp up production of its popular modular Sync Bathroom Pods by 200%. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Employment Jacinta Allan and Footscray MLA Marsha Thomson were on hand for the announcement which is set to create a further 100 jobs. Financial support and facilitation for the expansion of Hickory Group's operations in Brooklyn was provided through...

Innovation key to Hickory's 568 Collins Street build

Against the backdrop of a bustling Melbourne skyline heavy with cranes carrying the logo of many a builder, Hickory Group has forged ahead with 568 Collins Street while simultaneously introducing new technology into the build process. With a construction value of $161 million and sited over some 1,200 square metres, 568 Collins Street is one of a new generation of towers riding the popular wave of apartment living within Melbourne's CBD. One of...

PrefabAUS Conference - Day 2

We're back for the final day of the PrefabAUS Conference 2014. Today's schedule sees presentations on next generation manufacturing, a case study on medium-density planning in South Korea, lessons from the automotive sector and rounding out the conference will be a panel discussion on growing off-site construction in Australia and New Zealand.

META PrefabAus Hub launched

The following is a media release which accompanied the launch of the META PrefabAUS Hub at the PrefabAUS Conference 2014 . Australian building firms face lagging behind global competitors, with prefabricated housing an untapped market for local manufacturers, accordingly to META Managing Director Zoran Angelkovski. META, a collaborative network of engaged manufacturing businesses and researchers, together with PrefabAUS, will determine how...

PrefabAUS Conference - Day 1

Today marks the first day of formal proceedings at the PrefabAUS Conference 2014 . Yesterday, myself and co-editor Mark Baljak along with 80 other delegates, were treated to a tour of four different sites around Melbourne and its periphery. They included the Hickory Group's factory, the Modscape display suite, Salesian College and the Library at the Dock. The conference schedule is very busy and includes multiple speakers and different topics of...

PrefabAUS announces inaugural conference dates

PrefabAUS, the peak body for Australia's off-site construction industry, has announced the dates for its inaugural conference. To be held at Rydges Swanston Street on the 11th through to 13th of August, the 150 delegate event will feature an influential line-up of national and international speakers and cover all approaches to off-site construction, from commercial to residential and across all key infrastructure sectors including health and...
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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.