Prima Pearl

Beyond the hyperbole - what really sets Prima Pearl apart

As many readers and prospective apartment buyers are aware, masses of words are dedicated to the marketing of apartment projects. Generally emotive and altogether generic, it's the final product that truly defines a project. P rima Pearl developer PDG have asserted their project "will be unlike any other residential development currently in Australia." While Urban Melbourne provided an overview of P rima Pearl 's current status , we were...

Hold on to your hard hats! Prima Pearl at level 63

Rex Hunt once borrowed the German words and popularised the phrase "shizenhousen" and that's what the weather was on Thursday afternoon. But when an opportunity arises to visit the levels of Prima Pearl still under construction, you oblige. In all fairness, a group of intrepid media types (and Urban Melbourne) ventured up to level 63 for a birds-eye view of Melbourne. With perimeter safety screens encasing the floors above and facade attached to...

A bronzed icon takes its place

Crane your neck skyward toward Southbank and you'll see the final floors appearing on Melbourne's latest high-rise icon: P rima Pearl . Site works began in February 2011, giving a fair indication as to how much time, resource and effort is required to realise a tower of P rima Pearl 's ilk. Under the guidance of Brookfield Multiplex the tower recently reached its maximum height of 256 metres, officially making P rima Pearl the 2nd tallest...

Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:45
Aged care provider Benetas is approaching an outcome for its Doncaster Road residential aged care and retirement village facility. Next week Manningham City Council will provide judgement on the development which in part reaches eight levels. Council internal planners are recommending that the application be supported, subject to conditions, but for the most the built form has been green lighted.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment