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Recent completions bolster suburban Melbourne's design dymanic

From a purely aesthetic perspective, Melbourne's suburbs have received a wave of project completions of late that achieve more than a pass mark in terms of design nous. Over the last quarter, Urban Melbourne has tracked in excess of 40 separate projects that have reached completion, with the vast majority residential in nature and given little to no coverage upon completion. Far from the precast, cookie cutter design flops that are symptomatic...

Westfield Doncaster seeks further expansion, but can it better interact with its surrounds?

Westfield owner and manager Scentre Group has sought an amendment to the Manningham planning scheme in order to allow for a sizeable expansion of Westfield Doncaster. Manningham City Council are currently considering the application for what is known as for the Manningham Planning Scheme Amendment C104. Scentre Group is seeking the right to add approximately 43,000sqm of additional gross retail lettable area and 18,000sqm of additional...

Beller Group's retail shopping strip synopsis explained in detail

Urban Melbourne recently spoke with Fred Nucara, Beller Group’s Commercial Director, in order to understand the story behind the story regarding their recent release of comprehensive research into Melbourne's premier retail shopping strips. In a system similar to Urban Melbourne's citywide crane count, the Beller team actively traversed Melbourne's shopping strips in order to collate the most accurate retail snapshot possible. Over two data...
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Chadstone Capital moves to construction

Like it or loathe it, Chadstone Shopping Centre is about to enter another expansionary phase which will further solidify its position as Australia's largest. Beyond the planned push to over 215,000 square metres of leasable space, the headline construction note within the upcoming phase will be the delivery of premium office tower fronting Dandenong Road. With near 16,000 square metres of office space expected, the soon to be under construction...

Into the jaws of Southbank

You can argue the case for bravery or stupidity, yet there's always one intrepid soul willing to be that first animal into crocodile infested waters. A treacherous crossing with potential ruin at the jaws of a true killing machine with a skill set honed over many a year, yet the crossing is worth the risk considering the green pastures that lay beyond. Unfortunately for me I'm not on safari gazing over the banks of the Mara River in deepest...

The Lunch Room...and much more at Collins Square

Collins Square seemed another run-of-the-mill development until I had the chance last week to take a guided tour through the complex with no less than the development's General Manager, Michael Spence. Externally it displays all the restrained elegance that's expected of a Bates Smart design, and internally the innovative layout and finishes are of the highest order, culminating in The Lunch Room; a high quality communal retail space that’s...

The Strand Arcade redevelopment

The revitalisation of Melbourne’s retail heart carries on with ISPT recently green lighting construction for the Strand Arcade redevelopment, valued at $20 million. Located on Elizabeth Street between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets, the arcade will see its internals gutted and reconstructed, creating 23 new retail tenancies over 2,343sqm of space. The exterior will also receive an upgrade with Studio 505 designing a new façade for the...

Development & Planning

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 00:00
Melbourne is in for another dose of Zaha Hadid Architects. After the renowned London-based design practice achieved approval for their first Melbourne project earlier in the year, developer UEM Sunrise has chosen the firm to spearhead their pending residential redevelopment of the former Victoria Police building at 412 St Kilda Road.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:30
The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core.

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).