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Ringwood

Eastland's Sage Hotel officially opens, contract awarded for Ritz Carlton

Sage Hotel Ringwood, located at Eastland Shopping Centre opened its doors on Tuesday 10 October becoming the first hotel in Victoria to be developed atop a shopping centre. The new 120-room, full-service hotel spans five floors above the shopping centre and includes a restaurant, bar, conference and co-working facilities comprising of a boardroom, function room and a co-working space with a capacity of 80 people. The hotel was delivered under a...

Ringwood's apartment market comes of age

Ringwood's apartment market is displaying a new-found degree of depth and maturity of late. Whilst Urban Melbourne has in the past placed the spotlight on a handful of pending high-rise projects that will physically redefine the suburb, Ringwood's current apartment charge is most definitely due to a squadron of low and mid-rise projects that have propelled the suburb to the fore as an apartment market of choice. A sign of Ringwood's progression...

Ringwood apartment living looks set to boom

Ringwood finds itself in an interesting position in that a handful of major apartment projects are circling the outer eastern suburb. Traditionally the domain of smaller 2-3 level apartment projects, these upcoming and relatively very large developments if delivered have the ability to add thousands of new apartments. Garnering most public attention of late is 42-58 Nelson Street which is on a substantial site overlooking Mullum Mullum Creek...

A new public realm for Ringwood

Suburban shopping centres are known more for their tendency of being surrounded by car parks rather than embracing their immediate urban surrounds. Chadstone, Highpoint and Southland definitely fall into the former category, yet as Eastland's metamorphosis continues it is emerging as one of Melbourne's most progressive and inclusive retail destinations. With Ringwood Station directly opposite (images of its redevelopment can be seen below),...

Orion International Group set for a suburban apartment blitz

A relatively unknown developer is in the process of asserting itself on the Melbourne property landscape with Orion International Group (OIG) accumulating a handful of substantial apartment development sites. Unlike the majority of Asian-affiliated property developers who have sought to secure inner-city development plots for large to ultra projects, OIG has gathered substantially sized middle and outer suburban sites. OIG's current projects...

Ringwood is going places

When there's a matter of 28 kilometres between the The Big Smoke and Ringwood, it's understandable that the spotlight may not reach all the way out toward the leafy eastern locality. Far from the multitude of towers appearing within Melbourne's CBD, Ringwood is going about establishing its own development surge albeit without the kudos. Anchoring Ringwood's current uplift in development is QIC's Eastland Stage 5 expansion, with the build...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

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.