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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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00
Early in the year Urban Melbourne highlighted a squad of new residential towers looking to call South Melbourne home . Fast forward and the considerably lengthy backlog of residential projects at planning within City of Port Phillip is a little lighter, with a number of earlier tower applications given the go-ahead.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
As part of the enabling stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project, the City of Melbourne has finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart designed-tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM's behalf.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
The large-scale redevelopment of Richmond's former Jaques engineering complex has been marked by an number of onsite dedications. Dating back to 1885 and with frontages to Palmer, Coppin, Dyer and Griffiths Streets, the 9,945sqm site's engineering heritage has been permanently embossed across the site.

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.