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Ringwood

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...

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

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

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).